Finalists for the Clinical Support Worker of the Year 2017

Seamus Begley

Seamus Begley

Exercise Lead for the Professional Diabetes Team, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Derry

Seamus has been put forward as Clinical Support Worker of the Year due to the passion and care he applies to each of his individual patients. Having recovered from an illness himself, Seamus relates to and bonds with his service users, instilling in them a positive attitude and going the extra mile to help them work towards their futures.

Donna Bostock

Donna Bostock

CERT Engagement Worker, Salford

Donna approaches her role with unwavering sensitivity and understanding and is often picking up extra referrals to lighten the load for the rest of her team. Feedback from service users thanks Donna for her commitment and the massive difference she has made to their lives. Some have described her as the best mental health worker they have ever had and said that Donna gave them the confidence to start volunteering themselves.

Steph Buswell

Steph Buswell

Social Worker, Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough

Steph works within the Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and helps manage urgent referrals for young people struggling with their mental health. Steph was put forward for Clinical Support Worker of the Year for her commitment to making sure young people in her care are safe. In one instance, Steph’s quick thinking and ability to diffuse difficult situations stopped one patient from taking their own life.

John Clifford

John Clifford

Physiotherapy Technical Instructor, Neath Port Talbot Hospital

John was a coal miner in South Wales until the closure of his mine prompted him to pursue his interest in working with disabled children. Starting at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in 1994, John has become an extremely popular staff member with patients and their families and was put forward for always going above and beyond the call of duty to provide exceptional patient care. His fun and friendly approach to work hasn’t gone unnoticed and he is hugely valued by his team.

Steve Dearsley

Steve Dearsley

Community Support Services Supervisor, Headway Devon

Steve is a highly skilled, motivated and compassionate individual and a real asset to his organisation. He has been nominated for Clinical Support Worker of the Year for his hard-working nature and ability to provide support, even in the most challenging cases. New members of staff are often asked to shadow and learn from Steve and he is always happy to help whether it’s at work or in his own time.

Gerri Fox

Gerri Fox

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant, St Nicholas Hospice, Suffolk

Gerri has been put forward for the hard work and compassion she shows in her role as a Senior Rehabilitation Assistant. Eight years ago, Gerri started ‘Headstart’, a service involving local hairdressers giving patients advice on body image, wigs and headscarves as part of their recovery process. She has carried on her hard work setting up bereavement and dementia groups that now run across six localities. Gerri is a fantastic role model for the rest of her team.

Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Healthcare Assistant, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

Chris was nominated for his positive attitude and ability to put patients at ease during stressful situations. He is often heard singing, telling jokes and reading papers with patients and is praised individually in feedback from families of elderly patients and those suffering with dementia. Chris’ care is always of an exceptionally high standard and he is always there to support the team, students and new members of staff.

Ryan Lillie

Ryan Lillie

Community Support Worker, St. Michael’s Hospital, Warwick

Ryan has gone above and beyond in his first role working in mental health, doing everything he can to make things easier for his patients. He has organised free rugby and cricket sessions for service users and has even learned to knit so he can join the knitting group. Ryan is commended for his infectious positive attitude which carries his team and patients forward.

Helen Roberts

Helen Roberts

Therapy Support Worker, Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford

Helen has been a Therapy Support worker for over 6 years and is recognised by colleagues, patients and their families for her dedication and compassion. Helen deals with each patient individually, working hard to find therapy or activities that work for them, whether its playing sudoku on the iPad, taking a walk or singing. Helen’s team describe her as one in a million.

Parinda Vara

Parinda Vara

Support Worker, Croydon Recovery & Rehabilitation Team

Parinda is considered an unsung hero by her team due to her excellent engagement skills, her ability to develop relationships with service users that other staff struggle to bond with and a general ability to make life easier for her team. Parinda has worked hard to improve service users’ quality of life in the last ten years and her patience, persistence, relentless support and unflagging optimism hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Yvonne Welch

Yvonne Welch

Healthcare Assistant, Arran War Memorial Hospital

Yvonne has been nominated as Clinical Support Worker of the Year after working for over 17 years at Arran War Memorial Hospital. Yvonne has a relentless can-do attitude and was the first person in the hospital to complete the British Casting Course. Yvonne’s team describe her as their backbone and praise her for delivering the highest level of patient care at all times, putting them at the heart of everything she does.

Cheryl Young

Cheryl Young

Deaf Clinical Support Assistant, Walkergate Park, Newcastle

Cheryl has been working with her team for a year and has already made an impact on the hospital and local community. Cheryl is deaf and uses her own experiences to support patients and their families as they come to terms with the impact of deafness and mental ill health. Passionate about her job, Cheryl is a positive role model for her colleagues and patients, regularly supporting the hospital in reaching out to local areas.