17th September 2019

Image: OHH Vote.A meaningful activities facilitator and a senior clinical secretary from the East Midlands, who are among the finalists in the 2019 Our Health Heroes awards, are hoping the public will get behind them as the vote to decide the national winners goes live!

Voting is now open for the public to show their support for the nation’s healthcare workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have been judged as regional finalists in this year’s Our Health Heroes Awards.

Representing the East Midlands, Kelly Stuart and Claire Hands are among the 12 regional finalists in each of the Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Support Worker of the Year categories.

Kelly and Claire now need the public’s vote to help them in being crowned a National Our Health Heroes winner of their category at the Our Health Heroes Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at London’s Science Museum.

In her role as a meaningful activities’ facilitator, Kelly has been nominated in the Clinical Support Worker of the Year category for her dedication to improving the lives of elderly patients living with dementia at University Hospital Leicester’s hip fracture unit.

Kelly works directly with patients, providing comfort and taking time to discover the person behind the illness, and has made a lasting impact on all patients that have used the ward.

Kelly commented: “Just being nominated for such an award fills me with a sense of accomplishment. Knowing that I am making a difference to at least some of the patients I come into contact with leaves me with a great feeling of self-satisfaction.”

Nicki Morgan, Consultant Ortho-Geriatrician at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “Kelly works on a specialist hip fracture ward and has been a great asset to the team, she has been working alongside patients experiencing delirium and dementia, reassuring them, helping them recover and get back on their feet after surgery. She adds personal touches to their care that help them regain their confidence and independence. She takes great care helping patients who are struggling to eat and drink encouraging them and providing snacks and drinks they enjoy. Carers and relatives have fed back to me that they also feel supported and reassured that their loved one is getting individual support from Kelly.”

Meanwhile, Senior Clinical Secretary Claire has been recognised for her ongoing support of the children’s therapy team at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Claire juggles the needs of three services within her role and supports therapists to meet the needs of each child.

In her nomination, colleagues noted that her supportive nature and compassionate manner allows her to approach difficult conversations with emotional families while providing the highest level of help and support.

Claire said: “I absolutely love my job, and it is a real honour to be recognised for doing something I love. In receiving this award I would like to emphasise that I’m part of a fantastic admin team who work extremely hard to improve quality of care and ensure that both service users and clinicians are supported and have a positive experience.”

Kirsty Gosling, Team Leader for Children’s Therapy said: “Claire is an integral member of the therapy service. She is often the first contact a family has when they call in asking for support, families can be worried and anxious about this and Claire is able to support them and ensure their needs are met. Claire is professional, organised and most importantly kind. Claire has been involved in a very challenging case recently and has been the link between family and clinical staff to ensure the child gets the therapy intervention they need and staff also feel supported and safe within this situation. It is essential to remember the members of staff who are at the end of the phone for everyone, the therapists couldn’t do their job without them, and Claire is one of the best.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “For the fourth year in a row these awards have struck a chord and it’s been amazing to read through the nomination forms; there are some truly incredible people working within our healthcare sector who deserve to be recognised for their achievements and dedication.

“I’m delighted that Kelly and Claire have been shortlisted in their individual categories. It will be up to the public to decide whether they take home the national award, but all of our finalists are already worthy winners.”

Members of the public can vote once in each category. Voting closes Friday 11th October.

Please    VOTE NOW     and show your support for your region’s Our Health Heroes.

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