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Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare celebrates staff excellence
Friday 24th September, 2010

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare celebrates staff excellence
(left to right) ALWCH Chairman Harry Holden pictured with Danine Pasquill and Emma Nicholas from the Children’s Complex Needs Team who were winners of the Caring category and overall winners of the awards.

Staff from Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare (ALWCH) gathered together this week for the organisation’s inaugural staff awards to reward excellence.

This event at St Peter’s Pavillion on Monday was the to be held by ALWCH, the PCT provider arm which is due to be established as a new NHS Trust later this year.

The awards were designed to celebrate the achievements of those individuals and teams who have made a difference to patients, the organisation and demonstrated excellence in their work.

The shortlisted individuals and teams had an opportunity to share their experience and knowledge with colleagues during a series of presentations throughout the day.

There are five award categories – each of which reflects the ALWCH organisation values – Open, Caring, Innovative, Expert and Efficient. An overall winner was also chosen from the winners of the five categories.

The awards winners are as follows:

Open Category - Julie Hersnip, Health Visitor Support Worker at Hindley

Also shortlisted: Sharon Stringer, Assistant Audiologist, Children’s Hearing Service and Helen Hollett, Superintendent Physiotherapist Children and Young People

Caring Category – Children’s Complex Needs Team

This team were also Overall Winners of the awards. The team look after children with complex health needs in their homes and provide emotional support for families when they may be fearful and confused. The team work with a variety of partners to give children and their families choices about their care and strive to meet patients’ needs.

Also shortlisted: Additional Support Service, Adult Learning Disabilities and Dawn Billington, District Nurse Golborne and Lowton

Innovative Category – Children’s Asthma Booklet developed by Andrea Sizer and the Health Improvement Team

Also shortlisted: Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy and School Nurses Anita Arajs and Lisa Forshaw for the “Clinic in a Box” initiative

Expert Category – Michael Clarke, System Developer in Community Information Team

Also shortlisted: Homeless and Vulnerable Person’s Team and Janet Clarke Practice Development Lead for District Nursing

Efficient Category – College Street District Nurses

Also shortlisted: Mike Cunningham Financial Accountant and the Podiatry Service

Managing Director of ALWCH Dr Kate Fallon said: “These awards demonstrated some excellent examples of what quality community health care is all about and it was encouraging to see so many examples of teams and individuals who show a true vocation for their work and a willingness to go beyond the call of duty.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and positive outlook demonstrated by these individuals and teams during such challenging times for the public sector.”

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