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NHS Staff Given The Golden Treatment At Annual Awards Evening

Fran Lopez
Pictured left to right: Tracy Bullock (Chief Executive), Fran Lopez (Nurse and Public Choice award winner) and Joe Clarke MBE (Olympic gold medallist)

12 December 2017

Staff at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were given the golden treatment at a recent awards ceremony – after being presented with trophies by an Olympic champion.

Joe Clarke MBE, who won individual gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, was the guest speaker at the Trust’s annual ‘Celebration of Achievement’ evening.

The event, which was held at Crewe Hall, recognises local NHS employees who regularly go above and beyond to help improve the quality, safety and experience of patient care.

More than 200 members of staff from Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, as well as those who work in the community for Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), attended the ceremony.

The following winners were announced on the night:

  • Public Choice Award: Fran Lopez
  • Volunteer of the Year: Isobel Jeffers
  • Apprentice of the Year: Mitchell Benson
  • Outstanding Contribution to Patient Safety and Care: Emma Beveridge
  • Outstanding Contribution to Quality and Safety: Bowel Cancer Screening Team
  • Leadership Award: Charlotte Phillips
  • Outstanding Contribution to Personal Development: Nicola Ritchings
  • Employee of the Year: Jonathan Forrester
  • Team of the Year: IT Services
  • Chairman’s Award: Irene Doldon

Joe Clarke MBE delivered a motivational speech about perseverance and his sporting history before helping to hand out awards with the Trust’s Chief Executive, Tracy Bullock.

Joe, who was the first British competitor to ever win an Olympic gold in the men’s canoe slalom, said: “When I was asked to attend the awards I felt honoured. The job that all the staff do is amazing - I've needed the service over the years so didn't hesitate when asked to get involved. The evening was fantastic and all the stories were inspiring. 

“Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for the fantastic work you all do.”

The evening was made possible thanks to a number of sponsors and was also an opportunity to fundraise for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity – a raffle on the night raised over £500, which will go towards the charity’s ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ Dementia Appeal.

The appeal, which launched earlier this year, aims to raise £1.5 million to support a variety of projects across Mid Cheshire Hospitals that will help improve the care and experience that people living with dementia receive at Leighton Hospital.

Chief Executive Tracy Bullock said: “The evening was a chance for finalists to receive much-deserved recognition for their commitment to their roles.

I would like to congratulate all winners, and similar praise for all of those who were nominated as it is dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm like theirs that makes me proud to be a part of both Mid Cheshire Hospitals and Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership.”