Nelson doctor given Rising Star Award

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The hard working and dedicated members of staff at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust have been honoured in the trust’s annual staff awards ceremony – and a doctor from Nelson won the Rising Star Award.

The STAR Awards are the trust’s staff recognition award scheme and saw 13 winners from departments across all services in the Trust rewarded for their dedication and achievement.

The Rising Star Award went to Dr Ruth Smith, a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and who lives in Nelson. Trust chief executive Kevin McGee, who hosted the awards, said: “All the staff who were nominated and won an award play a part in looking after people at their most vulnerable time of their lives and I salute them for their care, commitment and compassion.

“The awards are recognition of their work and dedication and the event gives our staff the opportunity to celebrate and let their hair down on their night off.”

With over 300 nominations for 249 individuals and teams from staff and patients, the shortlisted candidates were interviewed by an external panel made up of patient groups, commissioners and training organisations. Additionally, the winners of the internal Employee of the Month scheme were all put forward for the Employee of the Year awards.

Tom Bamber from the JRA Group, who deliver training courses at the trust, and one of the STAR Awards judges, commented: “It is so fantastic to be included in the awards process. I love hearing about the great things the staff at the trust have been doing to make the difference that makes the difference to patient care.”

The awards were presented at a special event in April at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton Le Moors.