Bridgewater’s NHS Awards celebrates healthcare heroes

Bridgewater held its annual staff awards yesterday (Monday 18 September) at Haydock Park Racecourse to applaud the tremendous achievements of its hard working staff over the past 12 months.

Staff Awards 2017 Winners

The full list of winners included:

  • Wigan School Nurse Norma Newcombe who was named as the winner of The Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. Norma has been in the nursing profession since 1959 and a School Nurse since 1974 and is well-known to many families in the local community.
  • Health Outreach and Inclusion worker Margaret Sanders who received The Patient Choice Award. Margaret was nominated by a service user who was struggling with severe depression and anxiety after arriving in the UK. She helped the service user through the asylum process, supporting him to meet new people and make new friends.
  • Health, Safety and Fire Advisor and Local Security Management Specialist Michaler Kan who was announced as the winner of The Safe and Healthy Workplace Award. Michaler was praised for providing expert advice on security, fire risk and health and safety and for her efforts to continually improve systems to keep both staff and patients safe.
  • Kathryn Cunliffe, Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Team Leader in Wigan, and Bethany Wheeler, Speech and Language Therapist in St Helens, who were named joint winners of The Clinical Employee of The Year Award. Kathryn was commended for nurturing and empowering staff to improve services and facilitate change and for making staff health and wellbeing a top priority. Bethany was celebrated for her positive attitude, clinical expertise and her fantastic ability to really listen to and engage with staff, young people and their families.
  • Estates Manager Chris Starkey, who is based at Bridgewater’s Trust headquarters in Pemberton, was named as Non-Clinical Employee of the Year. Chris was commended for taking on significant management responsibilities when his manager took seriously ill. He is described as inspirational and an example of how back office services really support clinical teams.
  • Wigan Physiotherapist Jimmy Molyneux triumphed in The Outstanding Contribution to Research and Innovation Award category. Jimmy received recognition for his innovative research study on how lower limb exercises can improve treatment for conditions such as knee osteoarthritis and kinesiophobia (a disorder in which patients fear movement will cause further pain and injury). Jimmy, who is described as an enthusiastic and inspiring role model for clinical researchers, was even invited to present his research findings at The World Congress on Osteoarthritis in Las Vegas last April.
  • The Community Specialist Rehabilitation Service was named Team of the Year. The Widnes based service, which consists of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Psychologists and a Vocational Rehabilitation Therapist, supports St Helens and Knowsley patients with complex rehabilitation needs after discharge from hospital or a specialist rehabilitation inpatient unit. The team won a National Vocational Rehabilitation Initiative Award at The Vocational Rehab Association Awards earlier this year and they are currently involved in developing the country’s first Rehabilitation Masters Module in partnership with John Moores University.

Bridgewater’s Chief Executive Colin Scales said:

“The Bridgewater Staff Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our hard-working colleagues and their inspirational achievements over the past 12 months.

“Our clinical staff such as nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and school nurses go above and beyond every day to provide high quality patient care in clinics, health centres, schools, patients’ homes and other local venues. By looking after the health and wellbeing of people in our communities, they play a vital role in helping to keep vulnerable people well, independent and out of hospital.

“The awards are also a chance to celebrate the efforts of our non-clinical staff such as our administrators and receptionists and staff in our IT and estates teams. They are the backbone of the organisation supporting clinical staff to do their job as effectively as possibly.

“I am very proud of all our award winners and finalists and inspired by their tremendous hard work and dedication over the past year.”


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