East Lancashire Hospice

Claire Widdop

Claire Widdop

Claire Widdop - Inpatient Unit Team Leader 

For 19 years, Claire Widdop has been a dedicated member of East Lancashire Hospice, currently serving as the Inpatient Unit Team Leader. Her journey with the hospice began as a staff nurse working night shifts, a role that fit well with her family life and allowed her to gain invaluable experience in caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Without any prior connection to the hospice, Claire saw this as the perfect opportunity to fulfil her professional aspirations. 

Over the years Claire's role has evolved significantly. Starting as a staff nurse, she progressed to Senior Staff Nurse and eventually became Team Leader. She has always worked on the Inpatient Unit, providing day-to-day management of patient care, ensuring the highest standards are met, and supporting the team of nurses. 

Claire's proudest moments at the hospice are numerous. She cherishes the positive feedback from patients, their loved ones, and student nurses. Memorable highlights include organising a birthday party for a patient’s young son and arranging weddings and other special celebrations for patients. Receiving an outstanding rating following a CQC inspection also stands out as a significant achievement. 

Reflecting on her time at the hospice, Claire feels that her involvement has profoundly impacted her both personally and professionally. Personally, it has taught her to appreciate the small things in life and never take anything for granted. Professionally, she is continually inspired by the strength and resilience of the patients. 

What sets East Lancashire Hospice apart, in Claire's eyes, is the excellent collaborative team working across services, always prioritising patients and their families. 

She feels privileged to be part of this milestone celebration, recognising the collective efforts of everyone involved.