09th October 2019

Image: OHH Vote.An apprentice clinical support worker, a learning and development administrator and a team leader from the North West region, 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 North West, Olivia Gillon and Sarah Woods 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.

Olivia and Sarah 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.

Olivia, an apprentice clinical support worker at the Aintree University Hospital, left school at 16 and joined the team as a junior member of the ward staff. She quickly applied for the traineeship program with the Trust and thanks to her passion, values and dedication she secured her current post after just six-weeks.

By dedicating some of her day to spending time with patients who receive few visitors, Olivia continues to impress patients and staff with her kind and supportive nature and has been called a light in their eyes by some patients.

Olivia said: “I am very proud and humbled to have been judged as the best clinical support worker in the North West. Throughout my time at Aintree I’ve had incredible support from my ward colleagues, as well as from my family members who work in the NHS, and they’ve really helped me grow professionally.”

At Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Sarah Woods is the learning and development administrator and has been nominated in the Operational Services Support Worker of the Year category. One of her responsibilities involves ensuring high standard facilities are available to patients attending events and support groups such as baby loss and bereavement groups.

Sarah is a role model for other staff hoping to undertake workplace learning; having joined the NHS at 16 as a Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice, she is now at level 3. Sarah’s colleagues say she is a vital part of the learning and development team with an outstanding customer ethos and approachable manner.

Sarah said: “To win this award means a lot, I love my job so to be recognised for it is a great feeling. I feel humbled and very thankful to be receiving this award.”

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

Janet Callaghan, a Team Leader of the Treatment Rooms at Manchester Local Care Organisation has been nominated for her Outstanding Contribution to the NHS over the last 52 years.

Now retired, Janet returned to the Treatment Rooms in North Manchester Community Services to assist in the improving patient care after serving the sector as a Community Nurse for most of her career.

Her colleagues have called her a role model to young nurses and juniors, as her enthusiasm and vigor never tires.

Janet’s presence is felt when driving service improvement and offering support to junior nurses. Her skills, experience and compassion are valuable to the sector and the care it offers to its patients and families.

Janet commented: “I am thrilled to have been nominated for this award. I love what I do, so to be recognised for simply doing what I love is such a wonderful feeling.”

“I undertook flexible retirement in 2009 and currently run the treatment rooms on two days a week. We have developed the treatment rooms to maximise patient care locally. I am extremely proud of my achievements and was humbled when asked to speak to student nurses at Manchester University about my career. Patient care is my passion and at 70 I am still as positive about the nursing profession as I was in the 1960’s.”

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 Olivia, Sarah and Janet 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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