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NHS stars shine bright at Trust’s first awards ceremony

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Hospital staff were celebrated in style at a Trust’s first ever awards ceremony, highlighting their extraordinary efforts during the pandemic.

Staff from Basildon, Broomfield and Southend hospitals and their satellite sites joined the virtual Shine Awards last night (Tuesday 30 November), recognising the amazing achievements of teams across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

Clare Panniker, chief executive of the Trust said: “We’re thrilled to share the winners of our first ever Shine Awards. It may have been virtual this year – but it was no less exciting or special. It was fantastic to see so many join in online.

“These awards help to shine a light on the amazing work that our staff do across all areas of the Trust, and everyone should be justifiably proud of their great achievements.”

Award categories included Outstanding Team Award, Outstanding Individual Award, Leadership Award, Rising Star Award, Partnership Award, Making a Difference Award and Spotlight Award.

Outstanding Team Award

The general intensive care unit across the Trust were the winners of the outstanding team award. Colleagues who nominated them said they worked so well together, continuously delivered and kept morale high even during the most difficult times during the first wave of Covid-19.

Roz Balckboro, deputy director of nursing, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the teams and how they have come together and worked for the last year for the critically ill Covid and non-Covid patients at the Trust.

“We are immensely proud of everyone involved, and that very much includes the staff who were redeployed to it, we couldn’t have done it without those people.”


Spotlight Award

Clair Grayston, who lives in Basildon, is the community fundraiser manager for Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity. She won the spotlight award and her nominators described how she has worked hard to build a wealth of knowledge about the charity and hospital, and is the driving force behind many of its fundraising projects, especially during the pandemic

Clair said: “I’m extremely grateful to get recognised for all the work I do, it is a real team effort within fundraising and it has been wonderful to help make such a difference to staff and patients, especially over the past almost two years. And none of that would have been possible without having such an amazing community who have continued to donate such wonderful gifts during Covid.”

Partnership Award

The Covid vaccination and testing team were the winners of the Partnership Award for the impact they have had on the hospital and local community. They were able to set up a service from scratch and vaccinate over 100,000 patients, staff and members of the public.

Rebecca Goodwin, head of nursing, said: “The team are absolutely fantastic! They set up the service from nothing and delivered the vaccines and booster jabs to our staff, vulnerable patients and the public.

“Nothing fazed them and they have continued to work throughout the pandemic and help bring a sense of normality back to us. We are forever grateful for their commitment and helping to support the vaccine campaign.”

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award winner Amy Coward, from Stratford in London, is a trainee clinical scientist at Broomfield Hospital. Her colleagues describe her as humble and resilient. During the pandemic Amy helped introduce in-house testing for Covid-19, improving the turnaround time for results to less than 24 hours. This meant clinicians received results faster which improved patient experience.

Amy said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award, am really proud of my microbiology team and hope this highlights our efforts over the last two years.”

All the award winners and highly commended entries will receive trophies and certificates in recognition of their excellence in the days following the virtual ceremony.

This year’s awards saw a total of 731 nominations for frontline and behind the scenes staff across all areas of the Trust.

The lead event sponsor was Electrical Solutions Ltd from Chelmsford, with individual awards sponsored by Ellis Building Services; Atlas Maintenance Services; Genmed; Palmers Solicitors; Electrical Solutions; BTMK Solicitors and Maldon Building Services.

And the winners were…

Winners are in bold:

Outstanding Team Award - sponsored by Ellis Building Services

  • General intensive care unit across whole Trust (including critical care units at Basildon, Broomfield, Southend and Basildon’s Colne ward)
  • The bridging service across the whole Trust
  • Braxted ward (Basildon Hospital)


Outstanding Individual Award - sponsored by Atlas Maintenance Services

  • Helen Cullen, Ward manager
  • Bruce Emerson, anaesthetist consultant
  • Laura Patil, admissions booking clerk


Leadership award - sponsored by Genmed

  • Katie Partridge, respiratory physiotherapist
  • Abi Blake, interim director of organisational development
  • Dr Duncan Powrie, respiratory consultant


Rising Star Award - sponsored by Palmers Solicitors

  • Amy Coward, trainee clinical scientist
  • Kemi Biyi, graduate management trainee
  • Daizy Brenchley, student nurse


Partnership Award - sponsored by Electrical Solutions

  • Covid vaccination and testing across whole Trust
  • Preeti Sud, head of strategy unit
  • Lisa Goodwin and Theresa Mwelga Mulenga, cardiac liaison nurses


Making A Difference Award - sponsored by BTMK Solicitors

  • Covid acute respiratory care unit
  • Jacqueline Dearman, MRI radiographer (paediatric lead)
  • Dr Duncan Powrie, Dr Dora Amran and Dr Yasser Ahmed, respiratory consultants


Spotlight Award - sponsored by Maldon Building Services

  • Clair Grayston, community fundraising manager
  • Paula Pumfleet, audit clerk
  • Sharon Tudor, head of customer services (estates and facilities)

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