NHS staff awarded for their care excellence

Mikeala Whiting collects her award
Mikeala Whiting collects her award

NHS staff in Boston have picked up prizes for their top care at the foundation trust’s fifth annual staff excellence awards.

Wyberton woman Mikeala Whiting, an activity coordinator working at Pilgrim Hospital, received the Outstanding Newcomer award.

She was awarded for the impact she has made in the short time she has been at the Rochford Unit – a psychiatry facility for elderly patients..

Colleagues say they nominated her for the positive impression she is making on patients’ lives.

Speaking after the awards night, Mikeala said she ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ working with the patients as an activities co-ordinator.

She added: “I feel the various activities I have developed, supported by the rest of the Rochford Team, make a real difference to our patients’ wellbeing.”

Also awarded was Julie Harris, a drug and alcohol practitioner with the DART support groups in Boston and Spalding, who received the Innovation award.

Julie was chosen for introducing ‘peer mentoring’ to encourage people recovering from alcohol and substance misuse to provide active support to each other. Nominators spoke of her ‘sheer hard work’ – much of it in her own time – ‘to inspire and support people associated with the DART peer support group’.

Julie said: “I feel honoured and proud to have received such an amazing award. I must thank my manager, Gaynor Bryant, for her continuous support, and encouragement. I also want to thank the DART peer mentors who have made the Boston and Spalding groups such an amazing success.”

The Boston drug and alcohol peer support mentors were ‘highly commended’ in the volunteer category for supporting people in their recovery from substance misuse.

More than 200 staff were nominated in nine categories.