Award ceremony recognises NHS community staff

Posted: June 24 2016

Community NHS staff who go above and beyond in their role have been awarded at a special annual ceremony.

Award ceremony recognises NHS community staff

Mary Heffernan receives her Chairman’s Special Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Trust’s Chairman Declan O'Farrell.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) held its fifth Celebrating Community Services and Leading Lights event, to recognise and reward staff going the extra mile for their patients and teams.

Both clinical and non-clinical staff received awards during the event on Wednesday 21 June at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Welwyn.

Ten winners – six individuals and four teams – received certificates and retail vouchers in celebration of their achievement. They fought off more than 100 nominations and a shortlist of 41 finalists.

One of those winners who celebrated receiving the Chairman’s Special Award for Outstanding Leadership, is Mary Heffernan, Interim Clinical Quality Lead for Children’s Community Nursing.

Mary who has been nursing for nearly 30 years said: “I was overwhelmed to receive such a prestigious award. I know many other people and teams that would have been just as deserving of it. To be recognised in this way is an honour.

“The awards are a great thing to have and really give you a buzz to be part of the organisation.

“I am very passionate about what I do, from looking after children post operation to those with long term conditions or providing care towards the end of life.”

This year also saw a new People’s Choice Award category, voted for by the public in recognition of their care received or that of a loved one. Dr Clifford Lisk, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician received this award.

David Law, Chief Executive at HCT, said: “Each year gets bigger and better with more staff nominated and more achievements to recognise.

“Our staff are committed to providing the best care they can and going the extra mile is often seen as part of their everyday job.

“This is our opportunity to shout about and show them just how special they are. We recognise the continued hard work and extra efforts put into patient care which delivers positive results.”

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