NBT Hero Awards - June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017



On Friday 23 June, a group of staff from across the Trust were celebrated at the NBT Hero Awards supported by Southmead Hospital Charity. The inspirational staff members who’d been nominated by their colleagues for their hard work and dedication were invited to an afternoon tea, where they met the other Heroes and had a certificate presented by Chief Executive, Andrea Young.

You can read the inspirational citations for each of the NBT heroes below:

Vanessa Cassoon, Kim Long - Healthcare Assistants, AOC Outpatients
“Vanessa and Kim have worked incredibly hard over the last few months. Kim has shown forward thinking and identifies when we are short staff on a daily basis. They have shown skills far beyond their band two level and I think they deserve to be recognised for their hard work.”

Bev Davies - Ward Sister, Elgar Ward 1
“She’s an unstoppable force in the face of a (seemingly) immovable object – it’s not something immovable, it’s a challenge!  Her priority is improving the care of her patients and making the quality of the clinical care on ward 1 the best in the whole Trust.”

Craig Davies - HCA, Rosa Burden
“Craig has supported our dance leader Rachael James every week since January and has created the most wonderful, supportive and joyous sessions for our Parkinson’s patients ... Craig really makes a difference to these patients’ lives with his consistent, professional, good-humoured and thoughtful presence.”

Debra Gazzini - Trainee Assistant Practitioner, Gate 28B
“I wanted to say how touched and heartened I was by your treatment and care of a patient who was coming to the end of their life last week.  I saw countless moments of kindness and care towards him from you.  You reminded me how powerful and important the seemingly simple things are and what a difference they make to our most vulnerable patients.”

Alison Harrington - Theatre Support Worker
“Alison consistently works above and beyond her band 3 grade. She demonstrates huge amounts of initiative, and is always willing to go the extra mile to help colleagues and patients. Most of all, she is warm, kind and gives patients the time and space they need during what can be a difficult journey.”

Laura Henderson - Data Validation and Performance Coordinator, Neurology
“Laura is always very proactive and comes up with fantastic improvement ideas for the whole department and directorate. She is so reliable and helpful and certainly goes above and beyond her band 4 job role.

 Simon Herrington - Maintenance Assistant, Carillion Services
“Simon is very dedicated.  He provides advice and tips about the equipment and how to use it. He also picks up any faults and provides an immediate fix.  His initiatives have been really well received by all areas and Simon’s input is invaluable.”

Fred Hulcoop - Porter, AMU
“Fred always goes the extra mile for patients and staff.  He’s always cheerful and helpful, giving the impression that nothing is ever too much trouble. Fred knows the patients and the team well, always has a handle on what is going go, and is proactive in assisting with flow in the hospital. Fred’s manner is kind and caring and he demonstrates the Trust’s values consistently in everything he does.”

Tara Iles - Lead Uro-Oncology & Deputy Lead Cancer Nurse
“Tara has come to the Trust full of enthusiasm and pride for the urology team. Tara and her family organised the department’s Bake Well Wednesday cake sale, she supported the Charity team at a recent weekend fundraising event, and helped bring a team together to compete in the Dragon Boat Festival. She has been a positive beacon of support for Southmead Hospital Charity’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.”

Emily Jacobs - Volunteer Artist
“Emily has worked on our Life Books project with neuropsychiatry patients from the Rosa Burden unit.  She has worked so hard to keep the project person-centred, and created a safe, fun and relaxing space in which each person was respected, validated, included and nurtured so they were able to flourish. “

Michael Kennedy, Esther Watts-Nielsen and Sharon Sayle - Biomedical  Scientists, MicrobiologyMedic Training Team
“The medic training team have gone above and beyond what is expected of them to deliver the best training possible. The training helps doctors a great deal in interpreting lab tests, to ultimately deliver the best care possible to patients. This dedicated team worked beyond their paid hours to help prepare material for the teaching and are the unsung heroes of the microbiology department.”

 Samantha Perry - Mediroom Team Leader
“Sam was escorting a patient to the lift during an unexpected power outage and discovered a member of the public trapped in the patient lift. Sam remained calm and reassuring until power was restored. She ensured that everyone was safe and reassured before they left the hospital. “

Ruth Sidgwick - Arts Programme Manager
“Ruth is passionate about patient care.  She continually drives forward actions to support patient wellbeing and healing, and to create engaging environments and activities using the arts. Ruth really gets to know staff on the front line and our patients, she’s always out and about, listening to people, learning, picking up on and implementing best practice. “

Kristina Widenska - Staff Nurse, Gate 28a
“Kristina is a staff nurse on Gate 28a and apart from the care she gives to her patients she also entertains her fellow staff, patients and visitors  on the violin as part of The Great Brunel Buskathon.  She also plays regularly with our volunteer pianists. She has been a great addition to the Trust and is always supportive of the work that the Charity does.”