A mental health nurse who was inspired to join the profession by her father has been shortlisted for a top award.
Kelly Hayes, who has worked at Aylesbury’s Tindall and Whiteleaf Centres since 2003, was nominated for the Nursing Standards Award by one of her patients.
Having worked as a carer since she was 17, Miss Hayes followed in the footsteps of her father by qualifying as a mental health nurse.
And she says it is the best job in the world.
Miss Haynes, who will find out whether she has won the award at a glitzy Savoy Hotel bash in May, said: “I was completely stunned when they told me about the award, at the end of the day I’m doing the job just the same as everyone elseand I always do my best, but it is very humbling when one of the people you work with says thank you back, it feels very nice.
“My father was a mental health nurse and I’ve grown up around it, I worked in home care since I left school and always wanted to work in mental health like him.
I was completely stunned when they told me about the awardKelly Hayes
“I love the job, no one day is the same and every case has to be treated individually, even if the people are being treated for the same thing, you also meet some really lovely and interesting people.”
Miss Hayes graduated in 2001, and worked in London for a few years.
But in 2003 she returned to her home town of Aylesbury to work at the Tindall Centre and later the state-of-the-art Whiteleaf Centre facility which opened last year.
She said: “The Whiteleaf Centre is a really great facility, we were able to have input into what the patients need and what we need. It’s bright and cheerful and a much better environment.”
Miss Hayes’ friend Laura Miller, said: “One of Kelly’s clients nominated her because she felt that Kelly was the first professional that listened to her and helped her with her mental health issues and also to achieve her dream of going to university to gain a professional qualification she never thought she could do.”
She added: “Kelly is a wonderful nurse and is very deserving of this honour, I also know she would be thrilled to bits to win.”
To vote for Kelly to win the award and find out more visit www.nurseawards.co.uk/home