Published: 29 November, 2023

An advanced clinical practitioner’s dedication to patient care has led to a huge accolade at Thrombosis UK’s annual Venous Thromboembolism Awards at the House of Commons.

Sharon Collins, who has a specialist interest in deep vein thrombosis (DVT), has received an Unsung Hero Award following a patient nomination. This recognition celebrates Sharon’s significant contribution to going above and beyond to deliver care that has made a positive difference to a patient accessing DVT services, their experience and subsequent recovery.

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Sharon Collins and Dr Luke Wookey

Working primarily within the DVT service that operates from gtd healthcare's urgent care centre, which is based at Royal Preston Hospital, Sharon said this is an extremely proud and momentous moment.

“I am still in shock but thrilled at the same time,” she said.

“Providing care that is of the highest quality while also keeping patients safe is always my priority and it really is wonderful for a patient to nominate me and recognise the work I do. I am extremely passionate about DVT and have many years’ experience in this area so I am truly honoured to have received the Unsung Hero Award.

“Attending the House of Commons was a special experience in itself and it was lovely to have shared this with my husband and Dr Luke Wookey, GP and clinical lead for Indigo Gender Service, who was also invited to the event. Dr Wookey and I have worked together to educate patients and healthcare professionals on the risks of hormonal treatments in transgender health and the potential increased risk of blood clots.

“It’s also important to recognise the wider DVT team and our multidisciplinary approach to providing exceptional patient care. We strive to work collaboratively, which is vital to the success and growth of the service.”

David Beckett, gtd healthcare’s chief executive, said this is a fantastic achievement.

“Sharon’s invaluable knowledge and experience has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the DVT service in Preston and Chorley since the very beginning,” he said.

“Her passion for ensuring the DVT service is the best it can be is evident and it goes without saying that this award is thoroughly deserved.”

Huge congratulations to Sharon, your dedication to patient outcomes and commitment to providing the best possible care can only be commended.