Sale Dental Nurse announced as Clinical Employee of the Year

14 March 2014

A Special Care Dental Nurse from Sale has been announced as Bridgewater’s Clinical Employee of the Year.

Awards - Julie Whitworth

Julie Whitworth received the honour at the Trust’s Annual Staff Awards ceremony which took place at Haydock Park Racecourse on Wednesday 12 March.

Bridgewater’s Community Dental Service provides specialist treatment to children, adults and vulnerable people that would not be available in most dental practices. The service specialises in treating people with severe disabilities and children who have anxiety about visiting the dentist.

Julie, who is based at Conway Road Health Centre, was nominated for the award by a colleague for consistently going above and beyond for her patients, many of whom have difficult and complex needs. She ensures that all patients referred to the service receive timely and appropriate care and she has built excellent relationships with her patients and their carers making them feel at ease. Julie also helps the surgery to run smoothly and is described as always putting the interests of patients first.

Julie was presented with the award at the ceremony by Bridgewater’s Chairman Harry Holden.

Chief Executive Dr Kate Fallon said:

“We have over 2,200 clinical staff in Bridgewater so it is a tremendous achievement for Julie to be chosen as the Trust’s Clinical Employee of the Year. All the finalists demonstrated a real passion for providing quality care to patients but Julie was chosen as the winner of our Clinical Employee of the Year Award for using her professional skills and judgement to make a very real difference to her patients’ lives.”

Julie added:

“I am really honoured to win this award. I really enjoy treating patients and I am very dedicated to my job. The patients I work with know me and trust me and I have enjoyed building up their confidence.”

A panel of judges chose Julie as the winner of the award from a list of worthy finalists. Other finalists included a doctor who specialises in paediatric audiology who improved the service for children attending appointments and an integrated team of speech and language therapists, a Consultant Community Paediatrician and a Team Leader in Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy for enhancing the service they provide to disabled children in Warrington.

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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