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.
Chief Executive Dr Kate Fallon praised the commitment of staff at a Stars of the Month presentation at Cowley Hill in St Helens on Tuesday 10 December (see pictured).
This month’s nominations demonstrate the passion and enthusiasm Bridgewater staff have for providing quality patient care, supporting their colleagues and embracing innovative new ideas.
Examples this month include a nursing team leader who helped her patient spend more quality time with their children, a group of midwives who worked hard to ensure the smooth transition to a new electronic system and a healthcare assistant who came up with a new tool to assess body mass index.
The full list of staff and teams recognised by their colleagues for their hard work and dedication over the past month include:
- Laura Andrusjak who is an Administrator for Warrington’s Dermatology team. Laura was recognised for helping the department tremendously through a period where the admin and nursing teams were short-staffed. She was described as “working like a Trojan” with organisational skills that are “second to none”.
- Cheryl Rose-Coulthard who is a Health Improvement Practitioner based in Halton. Cheryl was credited for taking on many new projects, being able to adapt and pick up new pieces of work effectively and going out of her way to support her colleagues. She is described as being positive, motivated and professional at all times as well as being a team player who cares passionately about her work.
- Carole Brazier, an Infant Feeding Co-ordinator in St Helens. Carole received her Star of the Month nomination for going above and beyond in her hard work and commitment to achieve UNICEF Baby Friendly status. This included training midwives, health visitors and breastfeeding staff. Colleagues state Carole is also an amazing line manager to all her Breastfeeding Support Workers and motivates and helps them provide patients with a supportive service.
- Midwives Sheila Prince, Julie Mcintosh, Angela Black and Clinical Implementation Manager Adrian Mather. Sheila, Julie, Angela and Adrian were praised for helping Halton’s Midwifery team have a smooth transition to a new electronic clinical system. They were all involved in the planning and implementation of the new system to enable continuity of service delivery to the women of Halton. One of these members of staff Julie McIntosh also received another Stars of the Month nomination for being very supportive to staff members in her own unique way by making staff feel empowered to continue with service changes and assessments.
- Tina Talbot, Assistant Team Leader in St Helens’ Integrated Nursing Team. Tina was nominated for contacting the Honey Rose Foundation (a charity which grants special wishes for adults with life threatening illnesses) to help a patient with a long-standing terminal illness enjoy days out and valuable family time. As a result of Tina’s actions, the Honey Rose Foundation provided the patient and her children with memories they will never forget.
- Abbie Evans, Assistant Development Support Worker based in Wigan. Abbie developed leaflets on different areas of play to support parents to engage more purposefully in play with their children. This has improved the experience for children with additional needs.
- Lucy Phillips, a Midwifery Supervisor based in Halton. Lucy was described in her nomination as being a constant support to all staff and willing to give her own time to assist with complex issues.
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist Vicky Rush and Paediatric Physiotherapist Kathryn Royden based in Wigan. Vicky and Kathryn were highlighted by colleagues for leading on an Experience Based Design team project with families of early years’ children with additional needs. They gathered information from families through emotions diaries and used this information to help plan a number of family centred service improvements. They also produced a newsletter to provide feedback to families.
- Atherton Clinic’s Health Visiting Team. The team were acknowledged for demonstrating hard work and great team working which has delivered some excellent results. In particular they have developed a noticeboard that instantly provides information about their locality and gives key performance indicator information at a glance. This has ensured they can work efficiently whilst ensuring patient care is high on their agenda. A colleague said “their hard work and commitment is outstanding as is the standard of health visiting service provided.”
- Staff Nurse Christine Cotterill and Advanced Nurse Practitioner Margaret McGrath from Offender Health at HMP Risley in Warrington. Christine received a nomination for quickly identifying a patient who presented with symptoms of TB and as a result the patient was referred to hospital in a timely manner. Margaret received a separate nomination for her professionalism and caring attitude while dealing with a terminally ill gentleman within the prison.
- Gillian Moore, Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner in Wigan. Gillian was recognised for going above and beyond for each and every individual she sees in clinic and for acting as a mentor for the other clinical colleagues. Nothing is ever too much for her and she is described as a wealth of knowledge and intelligence staying late to ensure all her patients have received the highest level of care.
- School Nurse June McCann based in Wigan. June was nominated for her professionalism and being open and honest with families and school staff.
- Gill Wood, Healthcare Assistant, Community Matrons based at Newton Community Hospital. Gill was nominated for using her initiative to develop her own “tape measure tool” to help approximate a patient’s body mass index through measuring their upper arm. This is a fundamental part of assessing a patient’s health and wellbeing when a patient cannot be weighed and Gill’s innovation has proved a useful tool for the team.