Residents across Lancashire were given the opportunity to recognise the hard work of health professionals who have made a difference to their healthcare experience and nominate them for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Amazing Care Award’.
The Amazing Care Award is now in its second year and allows members of the public and Trust members to nominate a team, individual or service who they feel should be recognised for providing amazing care. It’s often the little things that can make a big different to patients and their families and nominations should include examples of where this has been the case. We are looking for nominations that are an inspiration to others, demonstrate commitment and determination and always go that extra mile!
The Trust holds an annual staff awards ceremony to celebrate the success of its members of staff. As part of ceremony the Trust is reaching out to local residents for nominations for this year’s Amazing Care Award. The winner of the award will be announced on 22 March 2019 at the awards ceremony at the Village Hotel in Blackpool.
Paul Lumsdon, Interim Director of Nursing and Quality at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Amazing Care Award is really special, in the fact that it is the only award of which the winner is chosen by the people in Lancashire. We believe that it is important for the people who receive our care to be given an opportunity to acknowledge the great work that is going on across Lancashire and to be able to be a part of our evening by nominating someone who has gone the extra mile."
You can place your vote through one of the following ways:
- By telephone: 01772 695384
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- On Twitter: @LancashireCare
- On Facebook: www.facebook.com/LancashireCare
Our shortlisted nominees
Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline
This is an amazing service and without them I would not be alive to nominate them. I have suffered with mental health problems since at least my teens, and have been contacting this service for many years, they have offered non judgemental support in all that time.
They have listened and cared and at times sent emergency help when I have needed it. Everyone is amazing in this team and what better way to thank them than this.
Longridge District Nurses
The Longridge District Nurses provided wonderful end of life care for my elderly mother. They were very responsive to her needs and supported my family in caring for mum. They cared for her with the upmost compassion and they treated her like they would have treated their own mother. They anticipated her needs and delivered a first class nursing service and as a family we can’t thank them enough.
My mum died over the weekend but the team were there for us all the way. Well done and thank you Longridge District Nurses.
We think we know our children so well and have an open honest relationship with them until something so futile comes our way and we realise that we actually don't know everything about them. My son and I have been battling with grief for two years since my husband suddenly passed away. My son’s recovery is being measured by his return to normal activities, his participation in class and sports and the smile he carries. But every day is a battle for him because of anxieties of fitting in, he feels he is the only child without his dad there to guide him through his teenage years and will never be like the other children.
Then Sam came to talk to him and his peers. Sam spoke about his personal experiences, Sam was friendly, approachable and he related to the children at their level. He allowed the children to feel that it was normal to have anxieties about friendships, the way they look, school work, home life and fitting in. My son came away and said that he so shocked that an adult actually knew everything that he was feeling. Sam spoke so candidly about his own experiences and the need to be able to share these feelings. Sam allowed the children to appreciate that we are all different and that we need to be kind and thoughtful of each other. Using real examples he highlighted that little comments could lead to low self esteem and sadness for others. The talk has been instrumental in allowing my son and his friends to be more thoughtful and considerate of each other.
Sam's talk was a great starting point for my sons mental wellbeing and I hope he has the pleasure of meeting Sam again. All children are faced with dilemmas, insecurities and anxieties but Sam has allowed our children to feel that this is ok and there are people ready to listen if you have a problem. Thank you so much for an inspirational talk that has created a platform for more open conversations with our children. I would like to nominate Sam for this award because he is a young, talented and inspirational person that is helping children to address issues at a stage before things escalate. This would make a tremendous difference to our children’s mental wellbeing as they grow up.
Nick works for the Community Restart Team and his job is to create outdoor projects for people to take part in when they are lonely or need to talk. The reason I am nominating Nick is for Men’s Den, a peer support group for men that meets every Wednesday. Nick decided to start the group as he felt that there wasn’t many places where men could go and just talk about their problems without feeling judged or uncomfortable.
I have attended a lot of support groups over the past few years, but Men’s Den is different. At the group we all get chance to talk about what is on our minds, but we also eat donuts and biscuits, and play darts. This makes the group feel much more relaxed and able to open up, which is good especially for us men. Every week we have a topic to discuss such as anger or stress, and everyone can contribute if they want to. The group makes you realise that there are lots of people with the same problems as you, and you shouldn’t ever feel like you are alone. We have had over 10 men come to the group each week, and our record is 20 lads at the group, which is amazing when you think about it! This has varied from teenagers to men over 60.
Since the group was set up in May it has come a long way, at the start Nick facilitated and led the group as some people didn’t feel confident enough to do, but now each week someone different leads the group. The group and Nick has inspired me to go to university where I am studying community leadership, and another lad from the group has gone to college to do his Mental Health Level 3 award. Nick even helps us out with our college work if we are stuck with something. I really enjoy the group, and Nick has given all the lads at the group a boost to know that they are not alone, and that it is ok to talk.
All our amazing nominees
- Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline
- Amiee Little
- Paula Allen
- Longridge District Nurses
- Mina Valentine
- MND team
- Georgie Hall
- Sam Tyrer
- Nicholas Alderson
- SMRC rehabilitation team
- Rossendale Hospice District Nursing Team
- Margaret Parkinsons Girls
- East Team St Georges
- Dale Sumner
- Nick Alderson
- Southport Evening and Night District Nurses
- West Lancashire Community Restart Team