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Hospital staff ‘Shine’ as shortlisted for awards happening on the 75th birthday of the NHS

Shine Awards 2023 announced

Hospital staff have been announced as finalists in their Trust’s annual awards ceremony, the Shine Awards.

Staff from Basildon, Broomfield and Southend hospitals, and their satellite sites, have been shortlisted across nine categories for their continuing achievements for patients at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, for the Shine Awards 2023.

And the awards, which showcase how dedicated staff have continually helped enhance or improve patient care, is even more special this year as they take place on July 5, the same day that the NHS celebrates its 75th birthday.

There were almost 430 nominations for this year’s awards, shining a light on the amazing work that staff do across all areas of the Trust. These were then whittled down to a shortlist of just 27 by a panel of judges, which also included patients.

One of those on the judges panel was Kirsty Webb-Wood, Director of Operations for Women’s and Children’s Services, who said: “It’s been a real privilege to be part of the judging process for the Shine Awards this year, showcasing just how many truly amazing and inspirational people we have working across the Trust to help improve the lives of patients.

“There have nominations for staff from across all areas, whether that be front line or behind the scenes, and they have all helped make a real difference. Reading their nominations just makes you feel incredibly proud to be part of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.”

The Shine Awards are sponsored by Maldon Building Services, and this is the third year they have been held, with the winners set to be announced on July 5 at a ceremony in the grounds of Broomfield Hospital, the same day the NHS celebrates its 75th birthday.

And the Shine Award finalists are…

New Ideas award

Recognising a team or individual who has developed new and inventive ways of working, improving processes to better services



Simon Haley, Finance Manager

Helen Sturgess, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Melody Zondo, Junior Sister, Day Surgery


Leadership award

An individual who inspires, motivates and encourages colleagues to bring about change, improvement or innovation, championing equality and inclusion


Pankaja Kamble, Gosfield Matron

Suzanne Hoare, Interim Head of Nursing – Emergency Care

George Sioftanos, Consultant Oncologist


Partnership award

A team or individual working collaboratively and across team, professional or organisational boundaries to improve services


Joe Hicks, Education Centre Supervisor

Kevin Garrod, Local Value Lead – Anchor Programme Manager

Samantha Barton, Technology Enhanced Learning Developer


Patient Champion(s) award (team or individual)

Recognising a team or individual who exceeds expectations to support patients with access to excellent and compassionate care from our services


Janet Thomas, Associate Practitioner

Hospital@Home team

Nikki Tuffin, Roald Dahl Sickle Cell CNS Children Services


Rising Star award (individual)

An exceptional student, trainee, apprentice or someone in a development role (clinical or non-clinical), who demonstrates their commitment to learning and developing in their career with the NHS


Demi Collingridge, Internationally trained midwife OSCE lead

George Hales, Foundation Doctor

Macy Underdown, Health Care Assistant


Spotlight award (team or individual)

A team or individual whose vital work to support delivery of high quality services, can sometimes go unnoticed


Paul Hepworth, Manager - Emergency Preparedness & Resilience

Dawn Haigh, Lead for Interpreting & Translation Service

Andrew Cottle, General Porter


Making a Difference award (team or individual)

A team or individual who go above and beyond expectations to always deliver high quality customer service which improves the experience of patients, colleagues, visitors and/or carers with a focus on kindness, dignity and inclusion


Alixe Scott, Switchboard Operator

Matthew Everard, Catering Stores department

Craig Alexander, Systems Administrator Occupational Health


Outstanding Achievement award (individual)

An individual whose skills and actions have helped the Trust exceed quality objectives for the continuous improvement of patient outcomes, experience, safety or staff wellbeing


Sue Middleton, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Joint Team Leader

Jane Gilby, Admiral Nurse

Flordeliza Hills, Emergency Nurse Practitioner


Outstanding Achievement award (team)

A team whose skills and actions have helped the Trust exceed quality objectives for the continuous improvement of patient outcomes, experience, safety or staff wellbeing


Emergency Department Nursing team at Broomfield Hospital

Neonatal team at Broomfield Hospital

Acute Stroke Nurse team at Southend Hospital


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