East Lancashire health care workers honoured
12:00pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in News
DEDICATED East Lancashire health workers have been honoured for their commitment to the NHS.
Judges of the ‘Star Awards’ at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the passion and drive shown by the ten winners, who were recognised at a special awards ceremony at the Mytton Fold Hotel in Langho.
The highlight of the evening was when 90-year-old Doris Iveson was given a standing ovation for winning the ‘unsung hero’ award.
She has volunteered at Pendle Community Hospital for 20 years, serving on the wards and more recently on the welcome desk and in the coffee shop, where she ensures patients and visitors feel welcome.
Through the Friends of PCH she helps raise money for equipment and sundries for patients and staff. Judges said she is an inspiration to younger volunteers and makes a real difference for patients.
Ian Brandwood, director of human resources, said: “The awards provide a platform to celebrate and share the best in our organisation – projects, services and people who are passionate, innovative and committed to providing excellent care. The award night acknowledged the excellent efforts of those staff who go the extra mile to make a real difference for their patients and their colleagues.”
With over 120 nominations from patients and staff, the short list was decided by external judges from suppliers, consultancy, training and patient organisations.
Sheena Byrom, former head of midwifery and one of the judges, said: “I was overwhelmed by the passion, commitment and drive of those we talked to. I felt proud to have once worked in the same organisation as these individuals, and reassured that they potentially could be caring for me and my family during our lives.”
Clinical Worker of the Year - Shirley Aspin, Respiratory Nurse, Royal Blackburn Hospital Non-Clinical Worker of the Year – Julie Parker, Domestic, Children’s Day Unit, Burnley General Hospital Rising Star - Jade Whalley, Infant Feeding Support Worker, Postnatal Ward, Burnley General Hospital Learner of the Year - Janet Oliver & Julie Charnock, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Department, Royal Blackburn Hospital Innovation & Quality Improvement Award - The Surgical Triage Team Outstanding Achievement Award - Georgina Robertson, Consultant, Emergency Department Leadership Award - Sheran Perera, Clinical Director, Community & Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics Team of the Year – Burnley General Hospital Portering Team Unsung Hero Award - Doris Iveson, Volunteer, Pendle Community Hospital Chair’s Choice Award - Lorraine Phillips, Housekeeper, Medical Assessment Unit, Royal Blackburn Hospital