Health workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help others have been recognised by NHS South West Essex.
The primary care trust asked for nominations in its annual Health Heroes awards and four people and one team have been commended.
* Basildon University Hospital’s community midwife, Sherri Smith, who has gone beyond the call of duty to help a young family. She gave “unwavering support” to the family in their time of crisis when the father was wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan.
* Elaine Bosley, Multiple Sclerosis nurse at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, received two nominations for her limitless dedication to MS patients. One nominator describes her as “the driving force” behind the charity the MS Therapy Group and says she exemplifies all that can be great about the NHS.
* Mary Alabaster, nurse consultant at South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT), is being recognised for the support she gives to women suffering from postnatal depression. Her nominator described her as compassionate and kind and a “wonderful, supportive person”.
* Michelle Harrison, midwife at Basildon University Hospital, has been nominated for helping a mum who had a terrible experience with the birth of her first child have her “dream birth” with her second. Michelle is credited with giving her the choice to decide how she would like her child born, for listening and for not being dismissive – for treating her like a mum and a person and not just a statistic labelled “high risk”.
* The whole of St John’s Ambulance Basildon Division was nominated for their support for each other during some cold, wet and sometimes traumatic duties. The nominator says voluntary first aid services don’t always get the recognition they deserve. The division is described as a “great bunch of people who give up their free time because they want people to have fun without getting hurt”.
Derek Morrison, Chairman of NHS South West Essex, says: “It’s more important than ever with all the change going on in the NHS that we don’t forget about the great many unsung heroes – the people who are devoted to saving lives, improving health and wellbeing, providing guidance and supporting people through difficult times in their lives.”
Derek Morrison has written to the Health Heroes, sending a certificate in recognition of their accomplishments, as well as their Chief Executives or Chairman.