Achievement awards 2005
This year’s Whittington achievement awards were held as part of the annual public meeting on the evening of 21 September in the undergraduate centre.
Whittington Chair, Narendra Makanji said “The great thing about the Whittington achievement awards is that they provide an opportunity for staff to show their appreciation for their colleagues, so being nominated is in itself an enormous achievement and one of which they should all be extremely proud.”
As in other years, the awards were separated into group and individual categories. There were three areas for individual awards: those who had improved the quality of care or services to patients, those who had improved the Trust’s efficiency and those who had demonstrated their dedication to services to patients.
The overall winner of the individual award was diabetes specialist nurse midwife Julie Logue, who was nominated for her dedication to services to patients. In her nomination, Julie was described as a ‘key individual in providing excellent care to women with gestational diabetes or those with pre-existing diabetes who become pregnant…one of the most sweet natured and hard-working individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with.’ Julie is extremely generous with her time and support to the women she treats and she always has lots of thank-you cards and gifts from them.
The winner of the award for improving the quality of care or services to patients went to Wendy King, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in paediatric oncology. Wendy has worked at the Whittington for about a year but has already managed to find favour with her colleagues and has improved the quality of care to children with leukaemia and their families. She works closely with the community paediatric nurses, including doing home visits and going into schools if needed, organises and minutes team meetings and has been responsible for implementing many recommendations for the paediatric shared care unit. She is clearly well respected by her colleagues and has revolutionised the service given to patients who can call her directly if they need to.