Dedicated Norfolk community health workers honoured at awards

Caroline House: Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Inpatients Service, who work effectively as a team to care for patients with complex and sometimes challenging needs. Caroline House: Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Inpatients Service, who work effectively as a team to care for patients with complex and sometimes challenging needs.

Adam Gretton adam.gretton@archant.co.uk
Friday, March 28, 2014
6:50 PM

Dozens of dedicated NHS workers in Norfolk have been praised for their excellence and achievement during an awards ceremony.

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Talk About Project, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, which has helped nearly 7,500 children access the best possible speech, language and communication support.Talk About Project, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, which has helped nearly 7,500 children access the best possible speech, language and communication support.

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) staff were honoured at the REACH Awards 2014 at a ceremony at Sprowston Manor, near Norwich.

The awards, which stand for Recognition of Excellence and Achievement in Community Health, aim to honour NHS staff who go above and beyond to deliver the best possible community-based care.

A total of 11 awards were presented during the ceremony in 10 categories, with one category attracting joint winners.

The Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Inpatients Service, based at Caroline House, in Norwich, picked up the team of the year award. Mary Page, ward manager, said: “It feels great to be an award winner and having Robin Pooley, a former patient, here as guest of honour made it even more special.”

Integrated Team, Children with Complex Health and Disability (Central),Integrated Team, Children with Complex Health and Disability (Central),

Christine Harvey, a modern matron based in South Norfolk, was named the winner of the Clinical Excellence Award. She said: “I feel quite humbled to have won and really overwhelmed by the positive reaction of the audience.”

“I love going on to the wards because when patients realise I’m the matron they all want to tell me how well they are treated. I’ve only won because my thoughts and feelings and ideas are shared with my staff and all I have achieved is because of them.”

Winner of the Governors’ Recognition Award, Ann Yaxley, a registered nurse at Kelling Hospital, said: “I feel like I just did my job, but to win an award for it is fantastic. It is my passion, I love palliative care.”

Sharon Duneclift, a health visitor in North and Broadland, picked up an award for being a Good Corporate Citizen.

Full list of winners

The full list of award winners includes:

• Christine Harvey, a modern matron, who is a patient safety champion, talented leader and shining example of clinical excellence.

• Nicola Smith, a community physiotherapist in North Walsham, who has worked seamlessly with colleagues to reduce waiting times so that patients can benefit from a prompt, high quality service.

• Sharon Duneclift, a health visitor in North and Broadland, who designed an innovative speech and language programme to benefit families with young children.

• Ann Yaxley, a registered nurse at Kelling Hospital, who is a passionate advocate for those in her care and does everything she can to support patients and relatives and make a difference to their lives.

• Talk About Project, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, which has helped nearly 7,500 children access the best possible speech, language and communication support.

• Becky Cooper, assistant director (North) who leads by example and puts patients at the heart of everything she does.

• Integrated Team, Children with Complex Health and Disability (Central), and Starfish West, Children’s Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Service, who were jointly recognised for providing effective care, closer to home, for young patients.

• Starfish+, Children’s Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Service, which has helped scores of vulnerable children facing crisis to turn their lives around, lead a normal family life and look forward to a positive future.

• Caroline House: Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Inpatients Service, who work effectively as a team to care for patients with complex and sometimes challenging needs.

• Carla Nobrega-Holloway, a community assistant practitioner in Norwich, who is a real unsung hero who excels in her frontline duties while often completing additional tasks behind the scenes.

“I’ve never won an award before, so it lovely to win! It has been a lovely night and it is great for everybody’s hard work to be recognised,” she said.

Michael Scott, NCH&C chief executive, who co-hosted the awards evening, said the gala event was a fantastic way to celebrate the staff who make a real difference to the lives of patients.

“It gave us an opportunity to recognise some truly exceptional individuals and teams who go the extra mile to make sure patients across Norfolk have the best possible experience when receiving community healthcare. Their skill, dedication and commitment to providing a first class service, introducing new innovations or ways of working and showing great compassion to patients, relatives and colleagues is an inspiration to us all,” he said.

The full list of award winners includes:

• Christine Harvey, a modern matron, who is a patient safety champion, talented leader and shining example of clinical excellence.

• Nicola Smith, a community physiotherapist in North Walsham, who has worked seamlessly with colleagues to reduce waiting times so that patients can benefit from a prompt, high quality service.

• Sharon Duneclift, a health visitor in North and Broadland, who designed an innovative speech and language programme to benefit families with young children.

• Ann Yaxley, a registered nurse at Kelling Hospital, who is a passionate advocate for those in her care and does everything she can to support patients and relatives and make a difference to their lives.

• Talk About Project, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, which has helped nearly 7,500 children access the best possible speech, language and communication support.

• Becky Cooper, assistant director (North) who leads by example and puts patients at the heart of everything she does.

• Integrated Team, Children with Complex Health and Disability (Central), and Starfish West, Children’s Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Service, who were jointly recognised for providing effective care, closer to home, for young patients.

• Starfish+, Children’s Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Service, which has helped scores of vulnerable children facing crisis to turn their lives around, lead a normal family life and look forward to a positive future.

• Caroline House: Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Inpatients Service, who work effectively as a team to care for patients with complex and sometimes challenging needs.

• Carla Nobrega-Holloway, a community assistant practitioner in Norwich, who is a real unsung hero who excels in her frontline duties while often completing additional tasks behind the scenes.

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