Hospital mortuary manager in line for a top honour

A hospital mortuary and bereavement service manager has been announced as a finalist in the Good Funeral Awards.

Michelle Lancaster, who is the mortuary and bereavement service manager at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is a finalist in the Mortuary Assistant (APT) Team or Individual category.

Michelle has beemichelle-lancastern has been selected from hundreds of nominees to go through to the final stages of this year’s awards ceremony at the University of Winchester on Saturday 5 September.

The Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT) Council nominated Michelle for the award, describing her enthusiasm, willingness to share, always having a constant smile no matter what and an infectious and a positive influence on those around her.

Michelle works to raise standards and deliver the best possible service to deceased and bereaved. Michelle helped develop national care standards which trainees are assessed against as part of the new qualifications.

Michelle has assisted in the training of dozens of students since the trust became the first national training centre to provide the The Royal Society of Public Health Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology.

Michelle runs the course, which gets to see students awarded an academically recognised qualification which allows them to apply to complete the level 4 diploma in APT all the way through to a level 6 BSc Hons degree – something mortuary staff have never been able to do before.

Michelle said: “It is an honour to be recognised as a finalist in the awards. Our dedicated training programme is going from strength to strength and has already attracted international candidates. The success is also testament to the excellent team I work with.

“We are constantly working hard at the trust to improve our mortuary services. The work that all mortuary teams do is vital for families of those who have sadly died. That’s why we need to make sure that the care we provide is the best it possibly can be.”

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