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Five healthcare support workers get national recognition

HCSW awards

Five healthcare support workers from County Durham and Darlington have been presented with a national Chief Nursing and Chief Midwifery Officers' Healthcare support workers and maternity support workers awards.

Staff were presented with their awards by the Trust's Executive Director of Nursing Noel Scanlon, Victoria Bagshaw, Regional Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Workforce Lead for NHS England, North East and Yorkshire and Dr Tracey Cooper MBE Chief Midwife for the North East and Yorkshire.

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The award aims to reward the enduring compassion and vital contribution made by Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) and Maternity Support Workers (MSWs) in England and their exceptional support of nursing and midwifery practice and has been extended to healthcare support workers for the first time.

Noel Scanlon Executive Director for Nursing at CDDFT said: "I am extremely proud of all of our maternity and nursing colleagues here at CDDFT and the hard work that they do each day to support patients, mothers-to-be and their families.

"These five worthy award recipients demonstrate day-in-day out that patients come first and that going above the call of duty is something that is deeply ingrained in them all. We've had a challenging few years but the commitment to provide safe, compassionate and joined-up care has never wavered."

Four maternity support workers from CDDFT all received the MSW award for their outstanding work and support to mothers and babies and are: Sue Lord, Nicola Curle, Amanda Buschardt and Valerie Coggins.

And one health care support worker from CDDFT received the HCSW award, Claire Wells.

Victoria Bagshaw said: "There are around 27,000 healthcare support workers in the North East and Yorkshire region who do valuable work to provide compassionate and safe care for patients and their families. This is a very prestigious award, only given to exemplary colleagues - well done to them all. I've asked all the winners to wear their badges with pride.

"It's a very proud moment to give out an award because it really is all about recognising those people who have gone over and above - who have made an extra special effort and make a real difference to their colleagues' and patients' lives."

Each award recipient will be encouraged to become a healthcare support worker or maternity support worker Ambassador, a role that involves taking every opportunity to raise the profile of healthcare support workers and maternity support workers, both in the public arena and within the workplace.

Winners badges

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital