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Children's respite nurse at hospice Ellenor awarded by former member of 80s pop duo The Communards

PUBLISHED: 09:17 29 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 29 May 2017

Hannah Ives (right) won Best Apprentice award

Hannah Ives (right) won Best Apprentice award

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Hannah Ives, 27, from Bexleyheath is the first hospice assistant practitioner in the south of England

A respite nursey nurse at Gravesend hospice Ellenor has been given an award by a former member of 80s pop duo The Communards.

Hannah Ives, 27, from Bexleyheath, who has worked Ellenor for the past seven years, was given the Best Apprentice award on May 2 by the Rev Richard Coles, who was ordained by the Church of England after leaving the band in 1988.

It was the first award ceremony for the Level Five Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare. The course - run by Croydon College and supported by the South London Hospices - helps to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and nurses.

Ms Ives, who works in Ellenor’s dedicated children’s team, was the first hospice assistant practitioner in the south of England.

She said: “I am really looking forward to developing the assistant practitioner role here at Ellenor and I’ve got lot of ideas to share with the team to help develop the respite team.

“I am also excited to be able to support the nurses and relieve some of the pressure from them. Although it has been difficult, I have really enjoyed this experience and have gained so much from it.”

Tricia Wilcocks, head of education and research at Ellenor, said: “Hannah is now equipped to help shape and lead our children’s repite team. We are excited to see this role and other assistant practitioner posts develop within the hospice.”

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