July’s Stars of the Month include a member of the Adult Learning Disability Team whose prompt and decisive action helped to save a patient’s life and a Sister at Newton Community Hospital who is praised for the support she provides to her peers.
There were also nominations for a Health Visitor who is encouraging parents to read to their children and a corporate staff member described as being professional and supportive of his colleagues.
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.
The full list of Stars includes:
- Janet Smith, Transport/Community Equipment Stores Manager, Warrington. Janet works extremely hard. She is extremely conscientious, gives of her best and ensures the services at the wharf run as smoothly as possible. She is supportive to her managers and her staff and works tirelessly to improve ways of working to provide the highest standards for her team and patients.
- Anne-Marie Partington, District Nurse based at Claire House in Wigan. Anne-Marie is an excellent nurse, hardworking and helps and supports her colleagues. She works up and above her role and is a valued member of the team.
- Dr Andrew Winter, Locum Consultant in Warrington. Dr Winter was nominated for showing tremendous support to all staff in times of high stress. He goes above and beyond what is expected of him for all patients.
- Susan Prescott from the Admin Macmillan AHP team in Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Susan is key to the smooth running of the service, she embraces change and is innovative in ideas to help both staff and patients. Her recent idea of clinicians taking out a patient pack on their initial assessment for patients and their families is just one example of her commitment to service improvement! She has also been key to the successful transition from paper patient records to electronic patient records.
- Joan Leigh, an A&C Co-ordinator based at Bath Street Health Centre in Warrington. Joan was nominated by a member of staff for the support they have provided to her so they attend weekly hospital appointments with a disabled close relative. The nomination states that nothing is ever too much trouble for her and her colleague describes her as a true lady and the best line manager she has had since starting work in the NHS.
- Daniel Stockton-Pugh, Assistant Co-ordinator in Complex Rehabilitation based in Halton. Daniel was nominated for transforming team processes to make them more efficient and patient centred. He has made valuable links with local stakeholders to develop new and more relevant service developments. His team have valued this input and the impact on patient care has been echoed by the feedback they have received.
- Im ‘Jenny’ Ang, a Sister at Newton Community Hospital. Jenny was nominated for the support she provides to her peers, her willingness to cover shifts at short notice, her friendliness to all staff and her excellent work rate. She is described as an extremely knowledgeable and a valued member of the team.
Children and Families’ Services
- Margaret O’Grady, Health Visitor, Pemberton Clinic in Wigan. Margaret has been a health visitor for over 30 years and is now visiting her third generation of local families. She knows the families she works with very well and is well known throughout the community. She has been nominated for being a calming influence in the team and for always smiling despite the demands of her workload. She is described by her colleague as encompassing the health visiting philosophy well and is respected by her families.
- Carole Harrison , Karen Oultam and Jackie Clough in School Health Team in Astley, Wigan. Feedback from a Quality Assurance Process by the Safeguarding Team within schools described the team’s positive input with children and their families and stressed their excellent communication processes with the school and other professionals.
- Lisa Heyes, School Nurse, Billinge Clinic, St Helens. Lisa has been nominated by a colleague for going above and beyond in her role to help a parent who was concerned about their child’s emotional wellbeing. After researching many different services she managed to co-ordinate some specialist counselling support. The parent of the child was described as being extremely appreciative of Lisa’s efforts.
- Jo Sullivan, Specialist Nurse (ASD) – Specialist ID Nursing Team in Warrington. Jo received excellent feedback after running a parent training course. A sample of the comments received described the course as “really engaging… super informative and very pertinent and relevant”, as well as ” very helpful” and “informative”. Well done Jo!
- Clare Atherton and the Clinic in a Box team – School Nursing based at Billinge Health Centre In St Helens. The team includes Sarah Deakin, Debbie Stott, Julia Walsh, Lisa Heyes, Lindsey Dutton, Julie Daly, Bernie Jackson, Christine Williams, Charlotte Griffiths, Judith Foster, Joan Atkinson, Mike Delooze, Amy Fearnley, Lindsey Dwyer, Gill Lucas, Donna Pimblett, Yvonne Wilson and Kerry Griffiths. They were nominated for receiving a Department of Health Young People Friendly Award for the delivery of the Clinic in a Box service within St Helens.
- Hazel Ratcliffe, a School Healthcare Assistant based in Wigan. In the course of her duties Hazel highlighted a case where further investigation was needed. This demonstrated Hazel’s observation skills and her professionalism. She is described as playing an invaluable role within the school nursing team.
- Janet Rawlings, Health Visitor at Platt Bridge in Wigan. For the third year running Janet has been successful in applying to be a book giver as part of the World Book Night initiative. As a book giver Janet aims to encourage clients who don’t normally read to begin to do so and therefore encourage them to read to their children and hopefully develop a lifelong love of reading. She will also use books as well to help support people suffering with post-natal depression.
- Jane Davis, Paediatric Audiologist in The Child Development Centre in Warrington. Jane is described by her colleague as being ‘amazing’ and ‘one of the best paediatric clinicians I know’. The nomination states that she dynamic, fun, and 100% child centred. She is passionate, committed and conscientious and goes above and beyond for each and every one of her patients.
- Helen Aspinall, Assistant Practitioner in Wigan. Helen has been nominated for delivering health education sessions on the harmful effects of smoking in schools across Wigan borough. She also provides support to school nurses with smoking cessation groups and individuals in high school settings. She has also organised a two week programme as part of the Crucial Crew community initiative and additional sessions on the recovery position. She does this all in a part time working week and always with the children and young people’s best interests at the centre of any work she delivers.
- Joan Atkinson, School Nurse at Newton Clinic in St Helens. Joan was nominated by her colleagues in the health visiting team at Newton Clinic for her professionalism and untiring dedication to school nursing as well as her commitment to integrated working practice.
- Carys Blackshaw, a Community Staff Nurse in Health Visiting based in Warrington. Carys is described as being a valuable support for the health visiting team, school nursing team and the breastfeeding support team (bosom buddies). In her nomination it states she tackles her role with professionalism, is keen to encourage new ideas and improvements and nothing is too much trouble for her. She has a can do positive attitude towards both her colleagues and the families she supports.
- Rhian Moore, School Nurse at Penketh Clinic in Warrington. Rhian is leading on a transition package for vulnerable young people from primary to high school, has also undertaken training on the health needs of young carers and has been awarded champion status for Warrington. She has also this month had an article in the Community Practitioner Journal published about her shadowing experience in London. Well done Rhian!
- Andy Hogg, Assistant Practitioner, Adult Learning Disability Team based in Wigan. Andy (pictured) was nominated for his prompt and decisive action which ultimately helped to save a patient’s life. Upon receiving information from a patient that he had suffered chest pains the day before, Andy immediately arranged for the patient to see his GP where it was confirmed that the patient had suffered a heart attack and was admitted to hospital.
- Alison Harrison from the Smoking Cessation Service based in Wigan. Alison attended a Men’s Health Event at HMYOI (Her Majesty’s Young Offender’s Institute) Hindley and delivered sessions on smoking cessation to approximately 90 young men in groups of 15. Alison was professional and informative and was able to engage with the young men with ease.
- Wigan Health Trainers Joanne Eatock, Bernadette Fenney and Rachel Cook. Joanne, Bernie and Rachel were also nominated for their participation in Men’s Health Day at HMYOI Hindley. They delivered sessions on healthy eating, massage and yoga. They were able to engage with the young men and discuss health topics in a manner that was easily understood and enjoyable. The young men who participated gave really positive feedback about the sessions.
- Margaret Rouse, an Admin Officer at the Open Mind Service based in The Bridges, Halton. Margaret is described as being a role model for the Open Mind admin team by always helping out when needed, resolving any issues for patients with a caring and honest approach and keeping her colleagues motivated with her work ethic and singing!
- Julie Jackson, Healthcare Assistant in Urmston Clinic’s Sexual Health Team. Julie is described by her colleagues as being hardworking and kind. She never complains and is constantly looking at how to make the clinic environment better for the patients and her colleagues. She recently even transformed a derelict kitchen into a store room for the clinic! She is efficient and willing to learn new skills and a true asset to the team.
- Vaughan Reeves, Head of Risk based in Warrington. Vaughan was nominated for being a patient, kind, considerate, and popular member of staff. He is described as being professional and supportive of his colleagues.