Posted on: 9 May 2022

Last week we said goodbye to Jane Higgs, CNWL’s Lead for the Uxbridge District Nursing (DN) team. She retires after nearly 50 years of NHS service.

The team hosted a celebration to say thank you for Jane’s dedicated service and to wish her a happy retirement. 

Jane first began her career as a Nurse cadet in 1972, in the city of Carlisle. Due to a limited number of job opportunities in this area, she took on a position in an orthopaedic ward in Newcastle, where she stayed for several years.

Jane Higgs retirement pic.pngWhen Jane married, she moved down South and worked as a District Nurse across several community Trust’s including Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Hillingdon as well as a short period as a Continence Nurse.

In Hillingdon, Jane’s career started within the Northwood District Nursing team, moving across to Ickenham and then settling with her current team in Uxbridge.

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Colleagues recall Jane as a hard worker and an absolute pleasure to know and work alongside. They said:

“We know Jane will be missed by all of her team, her fellow DN colleagues, GPs and patients alike. It has been a pleasure and an honour to work alongside her over the years. Your shoes will be very hard to fill.”

Jane’s DN team in Uxbridge mirror these thoughts, saying:

“Jane is a fabulous Team Lead who is caring, understanding and compassionate to all the team members. She is not just a Team Lead, she is a true friend to us. It is now time to hang up your dark navy uniform, relax and put your feet up. We truly wish you a long and healthy retirement, after nearly 50 years of dedicated service to the NHS and the nursing profession, it is very well deserved.”

Bertha Matunge, Assistant Director of Nursing for Goodall Division, said:

“It’s times like this that remind me why I love what I do. I feel so lucky that I get to work with nursing superstars like Jane every day at CNWL. Jane’s passion for nursing is inspirational and we are so thankful for all the amazing work she has done through the years. We wish her all the best.” 

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Jane says she has many activities planned for retirement, including taking up golf, Spanish lessons and continuing her passion for travelling the world.