Shine Awards

The Shine Awards logo for 2024, black and purple. The Shine Awards celebrate the extraordinary work of staff across our Trust and the difference they make to people who use our services every day.

This year's nominations are open from Monday 15 January to Sunday 3 March - nominate using the form below.

If you've got an individual or team in mind but not sure where to start, join a nominations workshops to help develop your nomination. Taking place in February, visit the events calendar to get involved.

To find out more about the awards; what happens to your nomination, criteria and FAQs visit About the Shine Awards.

Previous winners

You can view all of the winners and their nomination videos from our previous award ceremonies below:

Hospital staff ‘shine’ at awards evening on the 75th birthday of the NHS

Shine Awards 2023

A glittering awards evening celebrating the great and the good of hospital staff, there couldn’t have been a more perfect date for it than on the 75th birthday of the NHS.

And what an event to remember, it all took place in a giant marquee on the site of Broomfield Hospital, one of the three main hospital sites of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, whose staff were being celebrated.

Now in its third year, the Shine Awards -  the official awards ceremony of the Trust, one of the largest in the country -  shone a light on the achievements of dedicated frontline and behind the scenes staff from across Basildon, Broomfield and Southend hospitals, as well as its satellite sites. Each day staff strive to improve patient care and the lives of their colleagues.

Many would say they were just doing their jobs, but all deserved to be on that shortlist of 27 finalists across award nine categories that were handed out on the evening in front of 150 fellow-staff members, stakeholders and members of the Trust’s executive team.

Speaking at the event, Hannah Coffey, Acting Chief Executive, said: “This year’s awards are particularly poignant as they take place on the same day the NHS celebrates its 75th  anniversary. We have such an amazing and talented workforce, it’s a privilege to celebrate the achievements of staff and their tireless dedication to patient care.”

Nigel Beverley, Trust Chair, said: “It’s so inspiring to hear the many stories about the work of our staff and the difference they are making to the thousands of people who use our services every day. Events like this are so important to recognise and celebrate the fantastic achievements of our staff who are literally saving lives every day.”

Finalists were chosen from over 400 nominations submitted by staff, who were then reviewed by a panel of judges, including patients, before the final 27 were decided upon. The event was kindly sponsored by consulting and technology services company, Cloud 21.

There was also a surprise extra tenth award, the Chief Executive Award, which was handed to a surprised Kelly McGovern, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer. 

Shine winners 2023

Rising Star

  • Demi Collingridge, Internationally Trained Midwife Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Lead
  • George Hales, Foundation Year 2 Doctor
  • Macy Underdown, Healthcare Assistant



  • Dawn Haigh, Lead for Interpreting and Translation service
  • Paul Hepworth, Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Manager
  • Andrew Cottle, General Porter


Patient Champion

  • Jan Thomas, Associate Practitioner
  • Nikki Tuffin, Roald Dahl Non-malignant Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Hospital@Home team


New Ideas

  • Helen Sturgess, Clinical Lead, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
  • Simon Haley, Finance Manager
  • Melody Zondo, Junior Sister



  • George Sioftanos, Consultant Clinical Oncologist
  • Suzanne Hoare, Associate Director of Nursing for Urgent and Emergency Care Improvement
  • Pankaja Kamble, Senior Sister



  • Kevin Garrod, Anchor Programme Manager
  • Samantha Barton, Technology Enhanced Learning Developer
  • Joe Hicks, Education Centre Supervisor


Making a Difference

  • Craig Alexander, Systems Administrator
  • Matthew Everard, Catering Storesperson
  • Alixe Scott, Switchboard Operator


Outstanding Individual

  • Jane Gilby, Admiral Nurse
  • Sue Middleton, Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Nurse Specialist/Team Leader
  • Flordeliza Hills, Emergency Nurse Practitioner


Outstanding Team

  • Acute Stroke Nursing team
  • Broomfield Emergency Department Nursing team
  • Broomfield Neonatal team

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

Shine Awards 2021 - congratulations to all of our winners

Shine staff awards logo

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we hosted this event virtually - many congratulations to all of our Shine Award winners in 2021.

Amy Coward - Rising Star

Shine Rising Star award winner

Clair Grayston - Spotlight

Shine Spotlight award winner


Covid ARCU team - Making a difference

Shine Making a difference award winner

Covid Vaccination Centre - Partnership

Shine Partnership award winner

Helen Cullen - Outstanding individual

Shine Outstanding individual award winner

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - Outstanding team

Shine Outstanding team award winner

Katie Partridge - Leadership

Shine Leadership award winner


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