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Tom Kearney

Cumbrian mental health nurse first to receive national recognition

Published on: Friday 24th February 2017
Categorised under: Health, Work , Awards, Carlisle, NHS, Relocation, Return, Stay

A mental health worker from Carlisle has been singled out and credited for his standard of excellence by The Royal College of Nursing.

Thomas Kearney is a Mental Health Practitioner based at the Carleton Clinic in Carlisle and works with patients who have acute mental illness,

His efforts have now been recognised officially as The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has credited him as being the first and only Mental Health Advanced Level Nurse Practitioner in the UK.

Thomas said: “I am very proud to have achieved this award as I believe it provides recognition of the advanced level at which I undertake my practice, and of the skills and knowledge I have and continue to strive to acquire.”

The RCN describe the award as an important achievement for Thomas and a key milestone for the RCN’s aim to continually drive up standards for the benefit of the nursing profession and most importantly for patients.

Clare Parker, Interim Director of Quality and Nursing at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a partner of Choose Cumbria, said: “This is such a great achievement for Thomas and we are so pleased for him. It’s great to see our amazing staff being recognised and rewarded for contributing to improving patient care.”

Thomas is the only Advanced Nurse Practitioner from the discipline of mental health to be awarded this credential in the United Kingdom.

The award is valid for three years after which Thomas will be able to resubmit evidence to renew it.

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