An NHS worker at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been named Clinical Support Worker of the Year in the prestigious Our Health Heroes awards.
On Friday 23rd November more than 150 guests gathered for the third annual Our Health Heroes awards at the OXO2 venue in London.
Organised by Skills for Health, the National Skills Academy for Health and headline sponsor Health Education England, the awards celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, who go above and beyond in their roles every day.
Among the seven national winners announced during the ceremony was Maxine Housley from Sheffield. Maxine was nominated in the Clinical Support Worker of the Year category by her colleagues for her unwavering care and compassion towards her patients and those coping with stomas in West Africa.
Maxine works within the stoma care department of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Her high-level skill set in the practical management of open abdominal wounds, abdominal fistulae and challenging stomas means she is often the person other nursing and medical staff approach for guidance.
She has an impressive track record when it comes to achieving a secure clean application of wound managers and other complex devices, which is important not only to a patient’s physical wellbeing, but also to their dignity.
As well as delivering high-quality care to her patients, Maxine is always willing to share her skills and knowledge with other nurses, community nursing teams and doctors from F1 to consultant level.
Maxine has also produced pictorial guides on stoma care for use in low-resource countries and has been instrumental in recycling returned stoma care products, which would otherwise have been thrown away, for use in West Africa.
On being announced as this year’s winner Maxine said: “It feels overwhelming to have won Clinical Support Worker of the Year. It’s such a morale booster to get this recognition, not just for me but for all the staff around me.
“I want to say a big thank you to every single person who voted for me!”
Maxine came to the award ceremony as the Clinical Support Worker of the Year winner for the Yorkshire and Humber region. She was one of 12 regional finalist who were subject to a public vote to decide the national winner.
John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “Congratulations to Maxine on being named national winner of the Clinical Support Worker of the Year award.
“Having read through the nomination form which was submitted by a consultant whose patient Maxine cared for, and on hearing more about her ability to overcome any obstacle to get the best outcome for her patients, I can see why the public voted for her to be our national champion.
“Maxine’s ability to see opportunities not only for the improved care of her patients but also for those dealing with the same condition in another country is commendable. She is exactly the sort of person these awards were designed to celebrate and I’m delighted for her.”
Laura Roberts, Regional Director at headline sponsor Health Education England (HEE), said: “These award once again showcase the incredibly high standard of work and the vital role played by both apprentices and support workers. As the main sponsor of Our Health Heroes 2018 we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners.
“Support workers and apprentices are a key part of the healthcare workforce and, through our Talent for Care programme, HEE supports employers with their workforce supply. This is achieved via school engagement, volunteering, work experience, pre-employment activity, apprenticeships and access to higher education and the registered professions.”
For more information about the Our Health Heroes winners visit: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-2018