Nurses with hearts of gold earn status as NHS Heroes

LCHS NHS Trust recipients of the 2013 NHS Heroes Awards with their certificates.

LCHS NHS Trust recipients of the 2013 NHS Heroes Awards with their certificates.

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A nursing assistant from Gosberton is among 18 NHS staff across Lincolnshire to be given hero status for their services to the community.

Sue Elsey (52), part of Swineshead and Gosberton Community Nursing Team, has been named an NHS Hero after she was nominated by patients and colleagues for the difference she has made in their lives.

All 18 winners, also including staff from Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, were invited to an awards dinner in Louth where they were presented with certificates on behalf of Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) NHS Trust.

Sue, an NHS worker for 13 years, said: “I was surprised to get the award but I love my job and I’m very fortunate because I meet some very nice patients and work with a very good team.

“But the best part about it is trying to help people get well and if they can’t come to our surgeries in Gosberton and Swineshead, we can go out to them.

Three other NHS staff, Janine Gargett of Holbeach Community Nursing Team, Sally Breathwick who is a health care support worker based in Kirton and Nicola Cooper who is part of Boston and Spalding Stroke Service, were also named in the honours list.

The NHS Heroes Award is the second one this year for Janine after earning the title of Queen’s Nurse in April for her “commitment to the values of community nursing, excellent patient care and continuous process of learning and leadership.”

In a May article for our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, LCHS head of clinical services for south east Lincolnshire, Simon Temple said: “Janine is extremely hardworking and dedicated to her role, she is always positive and demonstrates a kind and caring attitude.

“She acts as an excellent role model for new staff and student nurses, is always willing to help whenever asked and is highly respected by all of Holbeach Community Nursing Team.”

Sue Cousland, the trust’s chief nurse, said: “The NHS Heroes awards aim to identify and celebrate some of the more considerate things our staff do for patients and fellow staff members which often go unrecognised.

“The contribution each of them makes to the care provided by LCHS is absolutely invaluable and very much appreciated by all those who receive it, so we are very proud to recognise them.”