A nurse who helped a little boy come to terms with an amputation and a chaplain who acted as a mental health ‘lifeline’ for staff are among those to have been honoured at a Nottingham hospitals award ceremony.
Twenty-eight winners were recognised at the inaugural Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) on Wednesday night, October 13, for their outstanding work over the past year.
The NHS trust, which employs almost 17,000 staff, held the awards over a live television studio-style broadcast in front of a virtual audience of more than 400.
Amongst the winners was Laura Bennett, a children’s burns and plastics clinical nurse specialist who produced a picture book for a little boy named William, who had both legs amputated.
Accepting the Public Award, an emotional Laura said: “This award is so special to me, and William is a very special little boy to me. Working with William and his family has been a real privilege, and I’d like to thank the family for taking the time to nominate me.
“And a special mention to ‘Stinky Ted’. Although he was very pesky, and stinky, without him I don’t think we could have got through some of the more difficult dressing changes with William.”
Natalie Fahy, Editor of Nottinghamshire Live, who announced Laura’s win, added: “The book Laura produced, which William still treasures, really helped William to understand some of his feelings, and it certainly brought a tear to my eye.
“It brings me great comfort that people like Laura are out there for us all, during the hardest times in our lives.”
NUH chaplain, Arthur Shivas, was also commended at the awards event, receiving the Mindful Award for his work to help NHS staff with their mental wellbeing through the struggles of Covid.
He was described as a “lifeline” by category sponsors, Health Assured, who added: “Arthur’s compassion, care and wicked sense of humour has had such a wonderful impact on so many staff patients and their families.
“He’s always thinking about others and how he can make people laugh in some of their darkest of times.”
Other winners included Olga Gooch and Deanna Kelly, part of the rapid response cleaning team who Alex Norris MP said “fought like lions throughout the pandemic” when announcing the Ambitious Award.
Speaking last night, NUH chair, Eric Morton, said: “The Team NUH Awards have highlighted just a fraction of the incredible work that goes on at Nottingham University Hospitals, day in, day out.
“On behalf of the whole executive team, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been nominated for a Team NUH Award – our winners, highly commended and those who received a nomination.”
Here is the full list of winners:
Trust Award – Ayleen Forfar, Macmillan Cancer support officer
Empower Award – Covid-19 microbiology team
Ambitious Award – Olga Gooch and Deanna Kelly, cleaning service assistants in the Rapid Response Cleaning
Mindful Award – Arthur Shivas, chaplain
Nurturing Award – Eleanor Mandac, ward sister
United Award – Matt Bodell, hospital night coordinator and nurse
Honest Award – Clare Cooper, patient and family liaison officer
Public Award – Laura Bennett, children’s burns and plastics clinical nurse specialist
Volunteer of the Year Award – Alex Lane, youth service volunteer