08th October 2019

Image: OHH Vote.A care support worker, a kitchen manager and an apprentice from the West 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.

In the West Midlands region, Paul Foster and Wayne Ingram 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.

Paul and Wayne 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.

Paul, a care support worker from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, has been nominated for his exceptionally high standards of care and consideration for patients on the busy, 26-bed, trauma ward.

Paul regularly cares for patients with cognitive impairments who are scared and frightened when they first come into hospital. To help them feel safe and happy Paul spends time with them and addresses their worries.

On Remembrance Sunday last year, Paul arrived early for his shift to ensure all his elderly gentleman patients were ready for the 11am service parade, something that was highly valued by the patients and their families.

Paul commented: “I felt really overwhelmed with all the comments from work colleagues, patients friends and families, let alone to be nominated. I'm proud and honoured for the nomination. We all work hard and it’s nice to be recognised and appreciated, however I couldn't of done it without the support of my colleagues on Ward Nine.”

Meanwhile Wayne, Kitchen Manager at Lovett Care Ltd, has been empowering residents to make their own meal choices thanks to his taster menus and his flexibility when it comes to adapting a dish to suit a patient’s tastes.

For those with cognitive impairments, Wayne produces small show plates that he uses to help them choose their meals. Maintaining a freedom to choose is important to Wayne and his kitchen team and he’s always on hand to offer support to staff at mealtimes.

Wayne said: “I love cooking for people and cooking in a care home setting, I get to see how much the people living there appreciate the food that I cook for them and the smile on their faces is the most rewarding part of my job.”

The public vote will also decide who takes home the bronze, silver and gold in the Outstanding Contribution and Apprentice of the Year categories.

Ciaran Jones, an apprentice at University Hospital of North Midlands is shortlisted along with two others in the Apprentice of the Year category.

Ciaran has been nominated in recognition of his innovative design, testing and bespoke construction of a radiation shielding system for the Radiotherapy Brachytherapy Department.

The device will considerably reduce the radiation doses received by clinicians and radiographers in emergency cases.

In addition, colleagues have praised Ciaran for encouraging, advising and training new apprentices as they progress through their training.

Ciaran commented: “To be shortlisted for a national award is an incredible feeling, I’m honoured to be selected within the top three apprentices from the several hundred that were proposed. Being nominated and receiving awards like this gives me a real sense of achievement and makes me proud that others appreciate the job that I do. It gives me the confidence that I must be going in the right direction and that all of the hard work that I put in, pays off.”

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 Paul, Wayne and Ciaran 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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