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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Cumbrian hospitals trust honours staff at excellence awards ceremony

Hospital staff from across north Cumbria were honoured at an awards ceremony in Penrith last night.

Doctors, nurses, administration staff and even car park attendants were among those to pick up gongs at the Rheged event.

The Celebrating Excellence Awards 2010 were organised by the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust to recognise the achievements of staff at the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and Penrith Birthing Centre.

The majority of the finalists were nominated by their colleagues and managers for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.

However the Cumberland News-sponsored Patient’s Award also gave the public a chance to put forward their own nominations.

And it was consultant cancer nurse Helen Roe who narrowly beat Nicky Higgins, a diabetes nurse specialist, to the prestigious award.

Helen, who works across the Carlisle and Whitehaven sites, was nominated by a number of patients for the practical and emotional support she gave them during their battles with cancer. It was Helen’s second honour, having been named nurse of the year at last year’s Celebrating Excellence Awards.

“It was a brilliant feeling to be nominated by patients this time,” she said.

And colleague Mark Irving, a cancer nurse specialist across the two hospitals, was presented with the 2010 innovation award after launching a pioneering initiative that allows patients to give instant feedback to staff using iPhones.

“It’s been a great night. I’m very pleased,” he said.

Other winners included newly-retired rehabilitation medicine consultant Mark Roberts, whose doctor of the year award was a fitting end to years of dedicated service during which he has helped people rebuild their shattered lives after suffering major trauma or illness.

The 2010 nurse of the year award went to Pam Swailes, an orthopaedic nurse at the Cumberland Infirmary, while biochemist Liz Graham was named registered professional of the year after three decades of service.

The leadership award went to surgical services manager Ed Tallis, the corporate administration team were presented with the behind the scenes award and the slips, trips and falls team took home the patient safety award.

Finally it was the Cumberland Infirmary’s modest car park attendants, Bill Linn and Eric Sewell, who were named unsung heroes.

The awards ceremony, co-ordinated by CN Events Management, was followed by a black tie dinner. The third annual Celebrating Excellence awards was supported by Laing O’Rourke along with other sponsorship.

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