Shortlist for the county’s medical heroes unveiled
Published at 15:50, Wednesday, 27 October 2010
NAMES of the doctors, nurses and health staff short-listed for north Cumbria’s annual Celebrating Excellence NHS Awards have been unveiled.
Now in the third year, the event is organised by the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of its staff.
Staff at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and Penrith Birthing Centre were asked to nominate colleagues they felt deserved recognition.
A special Patient’s Award, sponsored by The Cumberland News, also gave the public a chance to nominate the doctors, nurses and other staff who have made a big difference to their lives.
Entries closed on October 1 and judges have since been pouring over the nomination forms to determine which members of staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the name of patient care.
Among those on the short-list are doctors Gerard Ainsworth and Mark Roberts, Carlisle nurses Pam Swailes and Caroline Shaw and the teams from Whitehaven’s Jenkin Ward and Skiddaw Ward.
The Patient’s Award will go to either diabetes specialist nurse Nicky Higgins or cancer nurse consultant Helen Roe.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Rheged, near Penrith, on Thursday, November 11.
The Celebrating Excellence awards are being run in association with Laing O’Rourke – the firm building the new West Cumberland Hospital.
This, together with other local sponsorship, means the cost of the event does not come from hospital budgets.
The trust says the awards provide a real opportunity to flag up the hospitals’ strengths and achievements on a local, regional and national level.
Carole Heatly, chief executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our staff work exceptionally hard to ensure we deliver high-quality care and this is one way that we can recognise and reward their achievements.”
The ceremony will include a black-tie dinner and awards presentation. The latter will be held inside the visitor centre’s Multi-Max cinema.
CN Event Management are coordinating both the sponsorship and awards event.
The full short-list is:
DOCTOR OF THE YEAR:
Mr Gerard Ainsworth, Clinical Director for Ophthalmology
Dr Mark Roberts, Rehabilitation Consultant
NURSE/MIDWIFE OF THE YEAR
Pam Swailes, Orthopedic Nurse, Cumberland Infirmary
Caroline Shaw, Sister, Coronary Care Unit, Cumberland Infirmary
REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Jessica Rigg, Specialist Occupational Therapist, Cumberland Infirmary
Liz Graham, Biochemist, Cumberland Infirmary
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Jenkin Ward, West Cumberland Hospital
Skiddaw Ward, West Cumberland Hospital
BEHIND THE SCENES AWARD
Corporate Administration Team
Outpatients Appointments Team
Paula Irving, Head Porter, West Cumberland Hospital
Ed Tallis, Divisional General Manager, Surgical Division
PATIENT SAFETY AWARD
Slips, Trips and Falls Team
Risk Management Team
Mark Irving, Cancer Nurse Specialist, Cumberland Infirmary
Dr Paul Davies, Consultant Stroke Physician
THE CUMBERLAND NEWS PATIENT’S AWARD
Nicky Higgins, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Cumberland Infirmary
Helen Roe, Cancer Nurse Consultant
UNSUNG HERO (CHAIRMAN’S AWARD)
Interserve Car Parking Team, Cumberland Infirmary
Gill Wilkinson, Surgical Secretary, West Cumberland Hospital
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