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You Made a Difference awards - February

02 March 2017
A nurse who has been instrumental in helping overseas nurses to settle at CUH was the popular winner for February’s You Made a Difference award.

You Made a Difference winner Vickie Jones stands proudly with her awardIn the past 18 months, Vickie has assisted over 150 overseas nurses to pass the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) to become registered nurses in the UK with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Her work has put CUH as one of the leading Trusts in the country for this new registration process.

One of her nominations said: “Vickie has gone beyond her job role to help us settle into Addenbrooke's and prepare us for the OSCE programme for nurses. From the first day we met her, she has been so compassionate, encouraging, reassuring and comforting.

"Vickie has given so much of her time outside of normal working hours to help us prepare mentally and emotionally. She has become more than just a mentor; Vickie is our friend, confidant and a second mother to us here in the UK.

“She has truly made a big difference in our journey to becoming registered nurses in the UK.  Vickie is the reason that Addenbrooke's has the highest OSCE pass mark in the country and why we have so many very good overseas nurses.”

After receiving the award, Vickie said: “I want to thank everyone, especially the overseas nurses who have become like an extended family to me. They face so many challenges when they come to the UK, I just want them to be nurtured and to build their life and career with us.”

Roland Sinker, Chief Executive said: “Vickie has made sure that the overseas nurses have felt welcomed, valued and important. A smooth transition to a very new and sometimes different place to work translates into much better care for our patients.”
 

A Health Care Assistant who makes a huge contribution to the development of junior nurses in the Medical Decisions Unit (MDU), as well as providing outstanding and attentive care to his patients and their families is the worthy winner of February’s You Made a Difference award.

You Made a Difference winner Yuya Sakai stands proudly with his awardSince joining the Trust in 2015, Yuya Sakai has been a great asset to the MDU Despite being a qualified nurse in Japan; Yuya Sakai was not able to transfer his qualifications over to UK nursing. He took the decision to become a Health Care Assistant and regularly goes above and beyond to share his experience with junior nurses on the ward.

One of his touching nominations said: “Yuya always puts his patients first. His exceptionally kind, attentive, respectful and sensitive care of my elderly, slow-moving, hard of hearing Mother was not only great for her, but also gave me peace of mind at a stressful time knowing that she would be well looked after during my absences. Yuya always gave my Mother his full attention, speaking clearly and gently to her, making sure he was facing her so that she could lip read and ensuring a two-way conversation was possible.”

“This was especially helpful when he needed to gain consent regarding her care. He was incredibly patient with her and observant of her needs, always ensuring her dignity and confidence was maintained. Yuya also extended his courtesy and approachability and kindness to all visitors, nothing was ever too much trouble for him. He has bucket loads of patience, calmness and kindness. He is an outstanding HCA.”

After receiving the award Yuya said: “I am very honored and I would just like to thank all my colleagues and friends. I am in a fantastic team”

Jenny Morgan, Senior Sister in the MDU said: “Yuya is very deserving of this award; he is a highly respected and valued member of the team. His professional hard working attitude is inspiring”

Roland Sinker, Chief Executive said: “Yuya makes sure that every staff member on the MDU feels welcomed, valued and important.

The other nominations for February were: 

Caroline   Abbott,  Radiographic Assistant,  Breast Unit,  
For being polite and kind and making a patient feel at ease

Jacqueline  Arbon,  Staff Nurse,  M5,  
For your kindness and professionalism

Margaret  Barfield,  Housekeeper,  Ward D9 C/o Medirest,  
For being cheerful and helpful

Aidan   Brown,  Emergency Nurse Practitioner,  Paediatric Emergency Department,  
For your dedication to your patient's care

Josephine  Buerano-Sagala,  Staff Nurse,  M5,  
For providing excellent care and ensuring your patient felt confident in the care you provide

Elizabeth  Cox,  Clinical Assistant,  Clinical Oncology,  
For being caring and listening to a patient's needs

Isabel  Daniels,  Divisional Quality Manager,  Division C,  
For your providing invaluable support to your team

Oliver   Firth,  Specialty Registrar,  Haematology,  
For going above and beyond your duties to provide medicine to your patient

Johann   Graggaber,  Consultant,  Department of Acute Medicine,  
For your dedication to making sure your patient is informed and reassured

Tim  Hall,  Doctor,  Clinic 9,  x2 nominations
For your kindness and professionalism

Paul   Harrison,  Porter,  Estates & Facilities,  
For ensuring that your patients and their family receive the best quality of care

Amy  Hemus,  Senior Occupational Therapist,  J2,  
For providing excellent care and going the extra mile for your patient

Indira  Horil Roy,  Urology Nurse Practitioner,  Urology,  
For your dedication to your patient's well-being

John  Husband,  Junior Charge Nurse,  Emergency Department,  
For your providing support to your colleagues

Rita  James,  HCA,  Oncology - D9,  
For your professionalism and ensuring your patient felt safe and reassured in your care

Milosz  Jaworski,  Housekeeper,  Medirest,  
For your dedication to making your department a pleasant place to work

Sally   Johnson,  MRI Manager,  MRIS,  
For going above and beyond to provide care to your patient

Sophie  Johnston,  Senior Physiotherapist,  Physiotherapy,  
For your dedication to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of your patients and staff.

Megan  Jones,  Consultant,  Anaesthetics,  
For upholding the Trust values

Ellen  Lewis,  HCA,  D6 Neuro,  
For providing dedicated and professional care

Jessica  Lunn,  Clinical Fellow,  ENT,  
For your dedication to patient care

Kate  Martin,  Senior Sister,  Ward F6,  
For providing support and guidance to your colleague

Anne  McGowan,  Honorary Clinical Fellow,  Endocrinology and Diabetes,  
For your compassion and professionalism towards your patient

Robert  Moore,  HCA,  M4,  
For providing friendly and professional care

Trudi  Morrish,  HCA,  Theatres,  x2 nominations
For your kind and caring attitude
For going the extra mile to ensure your patient felt safe and reassured in your care

Emma  Nash,  HCA,  G2 Infusion Service,  
For providing the highest standard of care to your patient

Raquel   Navarro Perez,  Staff Nurse,  D6 Neuro,  
For providing dedicated and professional care

Ellen  O'Malley,  Head and Neck Cancer Specialist,  Ward M5,  
For ensuring that your patient feels safe and reassured in your care

Rebecca Parr,  Staff Nurse,  M5,  
For your kindness and professionalism

Bindhu Philip,  Ward Manager,  D8,  
For your dedication and attention to your patient's care

Jenny  Piper,  HCA,  Oncology/Haematology Outpatients,  
For your contributions to lifting the morale of staff and patients during the festive season

Debbie   Pitfield,  Endocrinology Specialist Nurse,  Endocrinology,  
For your positive outlook and compassion towards your patients

Eirini Pizirtzidou,  Staff Nurse,  F6 ,  
For your kindness and attentiveness to your patients and their families.

Jade  Punter,  HCA,  Oncology,  
For ensuring your patient felt confident in the care they received.

Karis  Reyes,  Clinical Nurse Specialist,  Paediatric Endocrinology,  x2 nominations
For being kind, helpful and always having time for your patients

Angela  Sassoli,  Receptionist,  Outpatients,  
For your reassuring and efficient care of a patient

Teresa  Smith,  Clinic & MDT Co-Ordinator,  Breast Unit,  
For being friendly, efficient and reassuring with a patient

Ewa  Sokolowska,  Housekeeper,  DSU L2 (Medirest),  
For your kindness and professionalism

Collette  Stadler,  Medical Locum,  Obstetrics,  
For going above and beyond to provide invaluable support to your colleagues. 

Marion  Tigg,  Clinical Practice Facilitator,  Cancer Practice Development  x2 nominations
For going above and beyond the call of duty to provide support to your colleagues

Sophie  West,  HCA,  D6 Neuro,  
For always going the extra mile, and ensuring your patient feels safe and reassured.  

Michelle  Whiffen,  Receptionist,  Radiology,  
For ensuring that your patient feels safe and confident in your care

Aimee  White-Miller,  Staff Nurse,  Ward M5,  
For your dedication to your patient's care and wellbeing