Bridgewater celebrates its Stars of the month for March 2018

Stars of the Month is an internal scheme within Bridgewater which recognises Trust staff nominated by their colleagues for going above and beyond in their roles.

Halton and Warrington

Judy Curwen, Dental Nurse, Bath Street, Warrington

Jude has demonstrated a can do attitude to every aspect of our current challenging Dental epidemiology project.

She is helpful and hardworking and nothing has been too much effort for her.

Her work has been consistent and reliable throughout and her support has been invaluable to the success of the project.

Nicola Thompson, Admin Secretary, Child Health and Paediatrics, Woodview Child Development Centre, Widnes

Nicola is a new member to the team and has shown excellent qualities. She has just got “stuck in” and helped were ever is necessary.

She is helpful, efficient, and works very hard giving her best at all times.

Tina Lawson, 0-19 Integrated Service Team Leader, Penketh, Warrington

Tina has been a valued member of Bridgewater staff for many years.

Tina worked as a Health Visitor and then Paediatric liaison within Warrington.

More recently supporting the Integrated service as a Team Leader in Penketh.

Tina has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the service and her profession as a Health Visitor.

She is kind, patient, and honest and has a drive to support her team and ensure the families in Warrington receive the best possible care.

Tina has previously taken flexible retirement and returned to her post but she is now leaving the organisation.

Tina’s compassion and kindness will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends. Good luck to Tina in all her future adventures.

Wigan, St Helens, Dental, Oldham & Bolton

Andrea Holt, School Nurse, Golborne Clinic, Wigan

As immunisation fridge controller, Andrea goes above and beyond her role to ensure that the fridges are monitored and vaccine is ordered in a timely manner.

Andrea deals with fridge issues at the most inconvenient moments and deserves recognition for doing so.

Boston House District Nursing Team, Boston House, Wigan

Letter received from a patient

“I wanted to take this opportunity to write and thank you and your team for the excellent service I have received lately.
I greatly appreciate all your hard work and admire the dedication and professionalism you have shown.

You are a credit to the NHS and I’m thankful for your service”.

Charlotte Mulvanny, Community Nurse, Wigan

A new Doctor from Wrightington Wigan and Leigh (WWL) is doing extra clinics here at Leigh.

Kelly and Charlotte helped him locate WWL scales and some other equipment he needed. He even knocked on their door to ask if they could take bloods for his patient.

Even though they had a full clinic they still offered to help. Dr M McMahon is extremely grateful for, as the patients didn’t need to come again and book time off work/school.

They both went above and beyond and kept the patients happy and were caring and compassionate towards the patient’s needs.

 Chris Rattigan, School Nurse, Pemberton Clinic, Wigan

Chris has dedicated many years to the school nursing service and has always been very highly thought of by fellow colleagues.

Thank you for your professional and effective leadership and dedication.

Claire Clarke, Receptionist/Administrator, Oldham 0-19, Coldhurst Children’s Centre, Oldham

During service redesign, move to electronic patient records and an estates move, Claire has consistently shone as an incredibly hard working, problem solving team player.

Nothing is too much trouble for Claire; she always goes the extra mile, seeks out work, helps colleagues and is an absolute asset to the team.

Gillian Vernazza, Clerical/Admin, Adult Learning Disability Service, Marsh Green Clinic, Wigan

Gillian is a massive help to podiatry and other services at Marsh Green. Gillian very kindly answers the door to our patients and lets us know they have arrived; she also deals with all deliveries and other visitors when she is at Marsh Green.

She goes above and beyond her job role which helps the services and patients who use Marsh Green.

Hazel Bishop, District Nurse Team Leader, Boston House, Wigan

 A letter received from patients next of kin, who wife had passed away at home with support from District Nurses read:

“I wish to bring to your attention what I consider to be outstanding qualities of a particular member of your staff.

She masterminded an unbelievable chain of events ensuring that my wife got all the care, medication and equipment necessary for her wellbeing.

She and her team (Boston House district nurses) were readily available. Hazels compassionate, caring yet authoritive manner gave everyone a feeling of confidence and wellbeing; this is no doubt that her efforts eased my wife’s passing.

Rarely if ever have I seen such a display of efficiency and commitment to assist someone in need”

Kelly Lawrence, Community Nurse, Wigan

 A new Doctor from Wrightington Wigan and Leigh (WWL) is doing extra clinics here at Leigh.

Kelly and Charlotte helped him locate WWL scales and some other equipment he needed. He even knocked on their door to ask if they could take bloods for his patient.

Even though they had a full clinic they still offered to help. Dr M McMahon is extremely grateful for, as the patients didn’t need to come again and book time off work/school.

They both went above and beyond and kept the patients happy and were caring and compassionate towards the patient’s needs.


Kerry Mines, Community Nurse Additional Support Team, Platt Bridge Health Centre, Wigan

Kerry is supporting a young lady with very complex needs and who presents with on-going significant safeguarding needs.

Kerry has been tenacious in advocating for her patient across multiple services. Within safeguarding there is a phrase: ‘Safeguarding is Everybody’s Business’ which means don’t leave concerns for somebody else to pick up, rarely have I seen anyone embody this ethos as well as Kerry does with the lady she is supporting where ‘above and beyond’ barely does justice to her efforts

Lindsay O’Hara, School Nurse Team Leader, Pemberton Clinic, Wigan

Lindsay is a fantastic team leader who staff feel able to speak to and trust her open and honesty in a caring and friendly manner.

I would like Lindsay to be recognised for her commitment to the school nursing team.

Sarah Power, Occupation Therapy Assistant, Community Neuro, Leigh

Sarah has supported the Confident Futures – Wigan Council who help those who are Care Leavers and not in employment or training.

Not only has Sarah supported this student she is still continuing to guide, teach and holistically ensure that the student has the best possible start to employment for the next 12 months which just shows the total level of dedication

Sarah has taken time above her daily tasks and produced a detailed induction and designed local basic competencies which have aided the student to feel confident.

Sarah is flexible and motivated with support and is also working to encourage completion of the care certificate modelling best practice and it is working well with excellent feedback from the student about how much Sarah has made her placement enjoyable and empowered her to succeed.

Sarah is compassionate and focuses on positive encouragement and support and has changed the future outlook for an unemployed person in our community! Truly inspiring!

Sue Staley, Receptionist, Right Start 0-19 Service, Spring Meadows Children Centre

During recent adverse weather conditions Sue was contacted by health visitors and supported us by obtaining contact details and cancelling client visits for health visitors who could not get to their base.

Sue was both efficient and organised and the health visitors are extremely grateful for Sue’s support.

Tina Corday, School Nurse, Children and Families, Golborne Clinic, Wigan

 Tina shows a professional and cultured patient centred approach with many families on her safeguarding caseload challenging any hurdles along the way.

Vikki Holmes, Clinic Clerk, Support Services, Ashton Clinic, Wigan

Our team was made aware of a backlog of work – inputting immunisation details onto SystmOne. This backlog could have impacted on the immunisation programme for school-age children in Wigan.

Vikki has taken ownership of this piece of work. She has methodically and efficiently inputted the immunisations onto SystmOne to clear the backlog of work.

She has also advised other members of staff who needed help when inputting their own immunisations.

Both admin and School Nursing are very grateful to Vikki for taking on this task and ensuring our systems are up-to-date.

Our Second Dose HPV immunisation sessions will now be able to go ahead as planned.

Will Branagh, Leigh Walk in Centre, Leigh

On reviewing the Trust’s Talk to Us forms completed by Patients. There were a number of forms where Will’s name has been added by Patients explaining how happy they were with the care they received.

Wigan Champions would like to nominate Will for the Star of the Month for receiving these positive comments and Leigh Walk in Centre receiving positive feedback from patients

Amanda Maddison – HV Team Leader, Oldham East Moorside, Oldham

Amanda has become team leader in October 2017, during a difficult transitional period.

Amanda’s positivity and drive for client led services has motivated the whole team. Amanda has remained professional and approachable and made each team member feel valued.

Her dedication in the recent adverse weather to get to different bases and support staff was commendable.

Leanne Doddy, Health Visitor/ CPT,  Moorside, Oldham

Leanne always volunteers to accommodate Bridgewater management for them to shadow her on home visits.

Leanne recently has demonstrated the right start intervention service to our new chief nurse Lynne Carter who shadowed some visits.

Leanne commented on Lynne’s passion for nursing and her interest in our service.

Emma Pocock, Community Nursery Nurse, Health Visiting, Wigan

Emma has been nominated for her outstanding efforts in ensuring Locality 1 Health Visiting team are up to date with the Hand Hygiene Audit.

Emma is organised, innovative in how she ensures staff have demonstrated their competence and is tireless in her efforts to ensure the audit is completed.

She supports the whole team to access information and the audit tool and has been available for staff to answer questions.

I know that Locality 1 have demonstrated full compliance due to the efforts of Emma and I am proud to have her in the team.