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Blackpool nurse collects inaugural memorial prize

10 December 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Mum-of-one is awarded the Roy Butterworth Award

Image: L-r Roy’s wife Karen Butterworth, winning graduate Emma Worthington and Karen Wright, Principal Lecturer in Pre-Registration Mental Health Nursing

A Blackpool mum has scooped an inaugural memorial prize from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Emma Worthington was chosen as the first recipient of the Roy Butterworth Award after excelling on the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Effective Aggression Management course.

“I feel very honoured to have been given such a lovely award in tribute of a great man.”

The 29-year-old, who works at Parkwood, said: “I was really surprised and shocked to have been chosen as the winner but I was also very pleased, especially as I’m the first person to ever win this award. I feel very honoured to have been given such a lovely award in tribute of a great man.”

Emma had previously completed a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing at UCLan before embarking on the specialist course. She was picked as the inaugural winner because she was academically successful; she took her learning into practice and was a good contributor in lectures and seminars.

The mum-of-one, who is the violence reduction lead within nursing for North Lancashire, said: “This course was something I had always wanted to do. I started it a few years ago but had to put it on hold as life got in the way and then I had my little boy. When Joel had celebrated his first birthday I realised it was a good time to go back to university to continue my studies. The course was great because it helped me to develop practices which I could then take into my work.”

“I wanted to continue the legacy of Roy’s work as he valued all the staff who worked with people with mental health problems.”

The Roy Butterworth Award was open to all UCLan postgraduate students studying on courses in personality disorder, primary mental health care, investigating serious incidents and conflict & violence minimisation.

It was Roy’s wife, Karen, who suggested a prize be offered to mental health practitioners in remembrance of him because he was so inspirational and wanted to bring out the best in others who strived to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.

She said: “I wanted to continue the legacy of Roy’s work as he valued all the staff who worked with people with mental health problems. Emma is a very worthy winner and it’s great that she was one of the students that Roy worked with when she was doing her course at UCLan.”

Roy began his nursing career as a cadet nurse at Whittingham Hospital in 1974, aged 16. In 1976, he became a student nurse at Lancaster Moor Hospital and qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1979. He stayed at Lancaster Moor for 23 years performing a variety of roles, including charge nurse, nursing manager and professional development nurse. Finally, in 2002 he returned to his roots at the Whittingham site, now Guild Lodge, as practice development nurse. He continued to lead nursing practice until he died in 2012.

Emma received a certificate and cheque for £100.