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Results | October 2017!

We celebrate the outstanding contribution made by our staff through our Commendations scheme.

Recent winners of a commendation and those who were highly commended were presented with their certificates on 6 November by Barbara Buckley, Managing Director.

There were 20 entries between 9 September and 12 October, and all of the nominees were based at Colchester General Hospital. The most common reason (33%) why people made a nomination was because they saw it promoted on our website, although we do have 23 ways of encouraging people to enter online! More teams than last time were nominated. More patients and members of the public (71%) put forward entries than staff.

Nominations are made by patients, the public and staff and they are asked to sum up in 150 words why the person or team nominated deserve to be recognised. We look for those who have gone above and beyond in living our values of caring, communicating and consistency.

Winners received a framed certificate and a thank you letter from the Managing Director.


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Winners and Highly Commended

Sarah Sands, Ward sister Acute Cardiac Unit
Winner in the Individual category

"Sarah has organized for volunteers to crochet/knit beautiful patchwork blankets for patients. These are being used for patients on the ward receiving end of life care. These blankets help create a more homely/comforting less hospitalized environment. The ward staff also spray the blankets with patients perfume/sprays etc so when then patient dies they are given to the families as a special keepsake. This initiative is simple yet really enhances end of life care for our patients at CHUFT, and will also be of great comfort to the families who live on."


Winners and Highly Commended

Jamie Morton, Nurse in resus, Emergency Department
Highly Commended in the Individual category

"My son was knocked of his push bike in a hit and run and ended up in resus in September. Jamie the male nurse gave Michael top care explaining to him and ourselves his family everything what was going on. Not once was the care too much for Jamie he went above and beyond even after his shift was over Jamie dressed Michaels wounds and followed things up for us he made sure when Michael was moved from resus to majors that he was ok came round to see us and finish the dressings. This nurse should have gone home an hour and half earlier but he stayed for Michael. Now in our eyes is amazing and such a caring person. I could not fault anything at colchester hospital amazing care. Thank you."


Winners and Highly Commended

Stroke Unit
Winner in the Team category

"My mother was in the stroke ward at Colchester General hospital for six days recently. On arrival she was very ill with a serious stroke and the care and empathy she received was outstanding, particularly with the very specialist skills shown by your staff. On discharge back to her care home she was largely well again, thanks to your considerable efforts. We observed the ward staff working so very hard but always having time for each patient and of course some of the patients are very confused with stroke effects. Well done Colchester Hospital and generally we found everything connected with the establishment very satisfactory, and staff most helpful. I genuinely think you should be very proud of what you are achieving, and mother was also so very grateful to you all."


Winners and Highly Commended

Radiology nursing team
Highly Commended in the Team category

"Due to unforeseen circumstances the team has been without a team leader for many months. Throughout this time, they have all pulled together to ensure that the patients health isn't compromised in any way. IR nurses are expected to cover out of hours on call provision which is usually a 1-4 on call. With reduced nursing numbers this has increased significantly. There are also many occasions where patients procedures overrun, especially emergencies where they have to stay behind late. It is clear that the team go all out to support not only each other, but also the department as a whole. They have such a positive attitude, and do not complain . They're commitment and willingness and a desire to ensure that the department should not fall down, but also in the patient experience is worthy of some recognition."



How to enter an individual, volunteer or a team

Anyone can make a nomination and nominations are open now.

Click to enter today!