Congratulations to our Shine awards winners

The Shine awards logo First of its kind for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, the Shine Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing work of our staff. 

The virtual awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 30 November. It was also livestreamed on the @MSEHospitals Facebook page, where you can still find highlights of the evening and you can also download our Shine Programme 2021 [pdf] 4MB

Congratulations to all of our winners and everyone nominated in this year’s awards.  

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The awards were kindly supported by the Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity and sponsored by Electrical Solutions Group

Our 2021 winners are below.

Making a difference award winners

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Broomfield COVID-19 acute respiratory care unit (ARCU)

Shine Making a difference award winner

During the Covid pandemic Broomfield Hospital had to rapidly set up an acute respiratory care unit (ARCU) for patients with severe Covid pneumonitis. Most of the ward team, led by Emma Exton, had no previous experience of advanced respiratory care and received training from the respiratory physiotherapists with rapid upskilling. The incredible team stepped up to the challenge of working in a completely different environment, doing something they had never done before. 

They threw themselves into the challenge and provided an exemplary standard of care for the most acutely unwell patients, making a huge difference to patients and their loved ones.

Partnership award winners

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MSE COVID-19 vaccination and testing team

Shine Partnership award winner

In November 2020 a multidisciplinary group of staff came together to create the Covid vaccination service. None of the team had worked together before, but within a few short weeks the nurses, paramedics, pharmacy, projects team, IT and estates staff, lab staff, volunteers, security staff and many more created an entirely new service to deliver the National Vaccination Programme.

The staff testing, and then the staff and patient testing and vaccination team, have worked collaboratively with all departments in the organisation, as well as external partners, to create a service that is seamless and provides a great experience. They have worked relentlessly throughout the pandemic and continue to do so.

From the first vaccination on 8 December 2020 the team has now delivered approximately 200,000 vaccines.

Leadership award winner

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Katie Partridge

Shine Leadership award winner

The last year and a half has brought to light the true extent of Kate’s amazing talents; she is able to identify others’ strengths and continuously gives them encouragement to strive to achieve their best.

Leading by example, she inspired the team to cope with the pressures of managing unprecedented numbers of sedated patients on long term ventilation. She trained staff to prone ventilated patients - a complicated procedure previously conducted once every six months, and now practiced up to 12 times a day.

Kate turned Covid from the “worst of times” to the “best of times”. She’s the person people go to for advice and support, she always listens and offers her expert knowledge and opinion without fuss.

She truly is an inspirational clinician

Rising star award winner

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Amy Coward

Shine Rising Star award winner

Amy has been instrumental in the implementation of all Covid testing capabilities at Broomfield Hospital, all while she was a Trainee Clinical Scientist in the department.

She was responsible for setting up the in-house Covid testing at Broomfield and brought average result turnaround times down from three days to the same day.

Amy was responsible for the verification and validation of three in-house Covid methods including a rapid testing method that is used daily for urgent swabs and for the on-call service provided by the Microbiology team.

During the height of the pandemic, Amy delayed her own University work to help the department. She’s been the anchor of Covid testing at Broomfield and without a doubt many lives have been saved because of her work.

Spotlight award winner

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Clair Grayston

Shine Spotlight award winner

Clair is one of life's truly good people. She goes out of her way to help Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity and is the first person to offer support, even when staff shortages have meant that her role has been over-whelming. 

Clair was central to the huge community donation and delivery process during the pandemic and was solely responsible for the roll-out of the £15 e-voucher thank you initiative.

She’s also the driving force behind well-being initiatives, including helping to establish the well-being hubs and furnishing out-of-hours staff areas. Clair never let an obstacle get in her way.

Clair believes in a better future for everyone that works and uses our hospitals, and fights every single day to make positive change.

Outstanding individual award winner

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Helen Cullen

Shine Outstanding individual award winner

Back in March last year, Helen’s ward changed from care of the elderly to a Covid end-of-life ward over just two days.

Helen is an exceptional nurse who puts her patients and colleagues before her own needs. She didn’t see her daughter or granddaughter for more than 16 weeks because of Covid and this really affected her.

Helen worked endlessly to care for people on the ward, holding their hands while they took their final breath. She supported her staff, having regular meetings with them to ensure they were coping. She always put everyone before herself and she deserves to be recognised for her amazing work, not only in the past 18 months, but since she has been qualified.

Outstanding team award winners

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MSE general intensive care

Shine Outstanding team award winner

So many nominations were submitted for intensive care that there’s not room to share them all. Here are a selection of comments.

“It’s difficult to put into words what every single member of the teams have done over the last year and a half.”

“I have never felt more welcomed in a team. My time has been nothing but exciting and a learning experience.  I came here during Covid, while being scared of what has happening around us, the team made it so easy for me to feel supported and I could talk to anyone about it.”

“Whilst a very scary experience for even the most experienced critical care nursing staff, the staff went above and beyond with the way they handled the situation.”

“I owe them my life, and I can never thank them enough.”