Kelly Rumball

Kelly Rumball, Assistant Team Leader, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Richmond

“I joined Kingston Hospital’s Acute Admissions Unit in 2011 and then moved to Ealing Hospital’s A&E.  But as a single mother of three children at the time I needed more family-friendly hours, so joined Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS trust in 2015 as a district nurse. I love it here and have no intention of leaving.

“I’m the End of Life Care champion for my team and I’m passionate about it. I love working with patients and families, and it’s a real honour to be welcomed into their homes.  My aim is to make their transition as comfortable as possible towards the end of their lives.

“I love caring for people in their homes.  It’s a different relationship when they’re in their own environment and place their trust in you to make their passing peaceful. Nursing is hard work but it’s incredibly rewarding – what you put in you get back tenfold.

“HRCH is great for people with families. You also get lots of training and development opportunities, plus support and encouragement.

“I was caring for someone from another trust whose wife was high up in NHS England.  I looked after him until he died peacefully at home.  I was so honoured when the family made some lovely comments and the wife said she would campaign to get proper recognition for the role of nurses.

“I was also honoured when I won an HRCH Champion Award for Caring, especially as I was nominated by our Chairman!”