08th October 2019

Image: OHH Vote.An occupational therapist and a personal assistant from Wales, 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 Wales, Jade Benjamin and Helen Lumber 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.

Jade and Helen 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.

Jade is an occupational therapy support worker at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and has been nominated for the Clinical Support Worker of The Year category for her inspirational approach in assisting people with dementia, within the Older Person’s Mental Health Assessment Ward.

According to her nomination, Jade’s manner and focused mindset means that patients are heard, resulting in more patient-centered care. She has also supported the trust in recognising the need for individual choice at mealtimes and has worked tirelessly to devise a visual menu plan.

Janet Bevan, principal occupational therapist at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB said: “Jade is recognised for her hard work and dedication to patients with dementia, her passion to ensure they have choice and well-being is astounding. She inspires us as an organisation, her team and other Multidisciplinary colleagues to evaluate our practice to change culture to ensure equity and excellence for the patients with dementia.

“Her recognition to improve patient care by bringing innovative ideas has been instrumental to a current piece of research to improve patient experience on the wards, which she will continue to be a vital component. Everyone that meets with Jade, comments on her friendly, calm manner. She is a true role model of the value that AHP/ Occupational Therapy support workers bring to enable and empower independence, by seeing the person and not their condition/diagnosis.”

Jade commented: “I am overwhelmed and amazed to have been shortlisted. I feel privileged to work with people living with dementia and hope this award increases awareness and the importance of seeing the value of what both patients and staff members can achieve.”

Meanwhile, Helen, a personal assistant to the Assistant Director of Paramedicine at the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, received a nomination in the Operational Support Worker of The Year category.

As well as noting her dedicated support, Helen’s nomination form mentioned how her commitment, passionate and professionalism helped her gain the respect and admiration of colleagues throughout her organisation.

In addition to this, Helen was responsible for a change in policy that has allowed administrative apprentices to be recruited into the trust for the first time, which has led to plans to develop a permanent apprenticeship program within the trust.

Helen said: “I can’t believe it! I’m really proud and passionate about my profession and never thought I’d be shortlisted just for loving my job.”

Andy Swinburn, Assistant Director of Paramedicine and Helen’s Line Manager said: “This is a richly deserved award for a valuable member of the Medical and Clinical Services Directorate. Helen plays an integral role in the running of the Directorate and her input and contribution benefits us all, ensuring our continued success and wider benefits to patient care.

“We are extremely proud of her and even though she may find her shortlisting hard to believe, we had little doubt that we she would at least go this far. She is extremely hard-working, demonstrating the highest levels of motivation and dedication every single day and inspires her team in her wake. She deserves to win the National Award in every way.”

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 Jade and Helen 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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