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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Shortlist for the county’s medical heroes unveiled

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

LEADERSHIP AWARD

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

INNOVATION AWARD

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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