Simply the best carers

TWO AWARDS: Valerie Ronis and Jade Etherington.
TWO AWARDS: Valerie Ronis and Jade Etherington.

Dedication, commitment and service above and beyond the call of duty were honoured at Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) NHS Trust’s annual Celebrating Success Awards.

The awards formed part of a special Health at Home event, where the public were invited to find out more about LCHS and the services it provides.

The winners list included Kim Barr from the Johnson Hospital in Spalding who won the Outstanding Leadership Award.

A spokesperson for LCSH said: “Kim’s nomination describes how she was asked to step in to lead the team on Welland Ward.

“Since then, the ward has been completely transformed and is now setting some of the standards for other inpatient areas to follow.

“Kim has remained calm, efficient and professional throughout, despite significant challenge and scrutiny at local and trust board levels.

“Kim worked very closely with a family who had a very poor experience in relation to care delivered on the ward and worked tirelessly with them to shape delivery to reflect what should have happened to their relative.”

Other winners included Valerie Ross, who won both the Time 2 Care award and the Chief Executive’s award for her work with Clinical Education in the county, and Karen Lawrie, who won the Chairman’s Award – ‘Unsung Hero’ – for her work on Children’s Speech and Language Therapy in South Lincolnshire.

Paralympic skier Jade Etherington opened the event and joined trust chairman Dr Don White to present the awards. Councillor Christine Talbot, Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire, also presented awards to the finalists in the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year category.

The the afternoon concluded with the trust’s annual public meeting.

LCHS chief executive 
Andrew Morgan said: “We are very proud of the services we offer in Lincolnshire and Peterborough, and this year wanted to share our successes with the communities we serve.

“We had more than 150 nominations in total for our Celebrating Success Awards and I would like to congratulate each of our winners and finalists.

“They all make significant contributions to supporting our patients and their families on a daily basis and their selfless dedication is what helps to make LCHS so special.”

Speaking after the ceremony, Jade Etherington said: “I feel honoured to have been chosen to speak at Health at Home.

“It’s great to have an event which recognises the achievements of those who work in our NHS services in the community.

“It was wonderful to hear their stories.

“They are all worthwhile winners.”