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NHS stars who’ve improved patient lives shine bright at awards ceremony

2022 Shine Winners

Amazing hospital staff celebrate award wins for their continued dedication to helping improve the lives of Essex patients and fellow-staff members.

Staff from Basildon, Broomfield and Southend hospitals, and their satellite sites, were recognised for their continuing achievements for patients at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, in its second Shine Awards.

The awards, which took place at Orsett Hall last night (Thursday 3 November), showcase how hardworking staff, through their innovation and good practice, have continually helped enhance or improve patient care.

Hannah Coffey, Acting Chief Executive, said: “I’m very proud we could recognise all the amazing hard-work and dedication of our staff tonight; this is just a snapshot of the work delivered across the Trust.”

There were 350 nominations in total, which were whittled down to just 27 finalists by a panel of judges, which also included patients. And from that number there were nine deserving individual and team winners.

Nigel Beverley, Chair of the Trust, said: “These awards recognise and celebrate the extraordinary work of colleagues at the Trust, and the difference made to patients who use our services every day. The stories we heard tonight are only a small reflection of the brilliant work delivered by our colleagues.”

Some of that brilliant work that makes such a positive difference to the lives of others includes:

The Leadership Award - Gareth Smith, Audiology Manager/Consultant Clinical Scientist

This award recognises an individual who inspires, motivates and encourages colleagues to bring about change, improvement or innovation, championing equality and inclusion.

Gareth, from Benfleet, has kept the service running during the pandemic, whilst ensuring staff and patient safety. He developed new Covid protocols for Audiology which now benefit the whole Trust.

Gareth introduced remote hearing aid care to adjust patients’ devices from the comfort of their own home.

Gareth said: “It’s a pleasure to have this award and represent the audiology department. This will raise the profile of the team and what we do for patients. The best thing about my job is the people, I love the people, the team, our staff, patients and improving their quality of life.”


The Partnership Award, sponsored by Chelmer - Admiral/Dementia and Delirium Clinical Nurse Specialist team

This award recognises a team or individual working collaboratively and across team, professional or organisational boundaries to improve services.

The dementia team are a wonderful example of individuals working collaboratively, across team and organisational boundaries, to improve services for people with dementia.

The Admiral/Dementia and Delirium Clinical Nurse Specialists have actively sought feedback from patients using their services encouraging them to share views and experiences. This helps the team to advocate for patients and support them in having their voice heard. They strive to feature dementia in many different forums across the Trust.

Claire Turner, from Shoeburyness, who leads the team, said: ‘I’m so proud of the team, they’re not looking for awards and recognition, they’re driven by passion and commitment to our patients. For me,  it’s important that their efforts have been acknowledged.”


Outstanding Achievement Award (team)- Living well with cancer team

The living well with cancer team designed, established and successfully ran a one-year pilot delivering prehabilitation and rehabilitation for patients with a cancer diagnosis. The pilot helped improve physical and mental wellbeing of patients and optimised recovery from cancer.

The project has had a really positive impact on patients by giving them holistic care, with access to dieticians, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychotherapy at any point in their cancer journey.

Emma Chaplin, from Chalkwell, who leads the team, said:  It feels amazing to win, we have a fantastic team and we work really hard to make a difference for people with cancer.”


Outstanding Achievement Award (individual) - Gemma Chapman, Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) Theatre Tray Room Assistant

Since joining the department in a newly formed role, Gemma, from Rainham, has shown an outstanding contribution to the CTC theatre service, managing all aspects of instrumentation of the cardiothoracic theatre service.

Gemma has made this role her own, always works with a smile and provides exceptional communication skills with external sterile services, external specialist instrument companies, other wards and departments, senior management, consultants and theatre users.

Gemma said: “It was honestly amazing and I wasn't expecting to win, I just do my job and go home and feels amazing to be recognised.”

The Shine Awards were sponsored by Maldon Building Services, Laser Electrical and Cloud 21 and award categories included Outstanding Achievement Team Award, Outstanding Achievement Individual Award, Leadership Award, Rising Star Award, Partnership Award, Making a Difference Award and Spotlight Award. There were also two new categories, the Efficiency and Innovation Award and Equity and Patient Involvement Award.

Full list of winners for the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust Shine Awards 2022. Winners in bold.

Outstanding Team

Orsett Ward Respiratory team

Living well with cancer team

Sunflower Continuity Midwifery team


Outstanding Individual

Rob Coenye, Clinical Coding Team Leader

Sumera Ali Zain, Staff Nurse Critical Care Unit

Gemma Chapman, CTC Theatre Tray Room Assistant



Judy Harper-Bright, Senior Sister (Ward Manager)

Gareth Smith, Audiology Manager / Consultant Clinical Scientist

Jade Matthews, Senior Sister in Interventional Radiology

Rising Star

Shanty Mathew, Staff Nurse

May York, Recruitment Advisor

Stephanie Matthews, ST1 Doctor  - Internal Medical Trainee Doctor


Kelley Elle Carvalho, Patient Experience Coordinator

Admiral/Dementia & Delirium CNS Team

Covid Medicines Delivery Unit

Making A Difference

Deborah Johnson, Voluntary Services Administrator

Critical Care Outreach team

Abha Kalra, Junior Sister


Jesudass Johnselvan, Theatre Manager

Bina Gurung, Domestic Assistant

Fernando Moro-Azuela, Associate Dean of Medical Education

Efficiency and innovation

Hannah Crumpton and Ruth Bowman, Senior Physiotherapists

Scott Lavender, Patient Experience Officer

Blossom Eatherton, Recruitment Lead


Equity and Patient Involvement

Pulmonary Rehab team

Adult Speech and Language Therapy

Florence Nightingale Ward

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