NHS Awards celebrate the success of Widnes and Runcorn healthcare staff

14 March 2014

A Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Community Nursery Nurse and a Health Visitor, all based in Halton, have been recognised at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s (Bridgewater) Annual Staff Awards. The event took place at Haydock Park Racecourse on Wednesday 12 March.

Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Pauline Hatchard, based at Halton Haven Hospice, was recognised for her outstanding contribution to innovation. Pauline carried out a study of bereaved men after the death of their partners and has used her findings to set up an exciting ‘Men’s Shed’ project which is due to launch in a few months’ time.

Awards - Pauline Hatchard

Sheila Hudson was announced as the winner of the prestigious Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Health Visitor, based at Chapelfield Clinic in Widnes, received the award following her 40 year career in the NHS. She was chosen as the winner by Bridgewater Chairman Harry Holden for remaining steadfast in her commitment to the families and children she serves locally. Described as a dedicated and caring professional, she is a fabulous ambassador for both health visiting and Bridgewater.

Awards - Sheila Hudson

Community Nursery Nurse Jean Davies, who is based at Murdishaw Health Centre in Runcorn, received the Trust’s first ever Patient Choice Award. For this award, nominations were invited by the public through forms which were available at the end of last year in health centres and clinics across Halton, Warrington, Wigan, St Helens as well as other parts of the North West and on the Bridgewater website. Patients were asked to nominate the Bridgewater staff members who have gone above and beyond and provided exceptional care and support to their patients.

Awards - Jean Davies

Approximately 100 entries were received but Jean was selected by a panel as winner of the award for being an integral part of the community in which she works. Jean runs groups, organises events and is a fantastic support to families in the local area.

Bridgewater Chief Executive Dr Kate Fallon said:

“I am immensely proud of all the winners and finalists at this year’s Bridgewater Staff Awards. Over the past year they have all demonstrated a real passion for providing and supporting the delivery of quality patient care. Pauline, Sheila and Jean in particular have been chosen as award winners for their tireless commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of local people in Widnes and Runcorn and ultimately making a real difference to their lives.”

Bridgewater was also recognised by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the work it has carried out to manage its carbon footprint and energy consumption as well as the commitment it has shown to recycling waste.

After a rigorous external audit by independent body ISOQAR, Bridgewater was presented with the UKAS accredited ISO 14001 certificate at the awards ceremony by ISOQAR’s Operations Director Steven Moss.

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