UCLH celebrates its nursing heroes! 

12/05/2017 00:00 
They embody the everyday heroic efforts, seen and unseen, that make UCLH such a great hospital.

And today, they are being honoured at the Trust’s Nursing Heroes awards.

The winners, chosen from almost 200 nominations made by patients and staff, are:

  • Nursing Assistant - Maria Lina Alves, senior nursing assistant, Emergency Department.  Lina has worked in the Emergency Department for many years and her team believe she embodies UCLH’s values. She is hardworking and committed to the care of patients and staff alike. Lina is passionate about the care of dementia patients and is a strong advocate for care and an educator for staff.
  • Staff Nurse - Alina Zainea, staff nurse, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Alina is viewed as a true hero. She listens to her patients and tailors their care to their needs and truly believes that it is the little things that make the difference. The ward receives endless positive feedback about her care and she stands out as a true team player.
  • Staff Nurse - Esther King, staff nurse, University College Hospital. Esther is all about teamwork! She has a great attitude that makes her stand out and is a leading example to others. Esther has all the UCLH values and promotes safety and kindness in all that she does.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - Esther Kuria, advanced nurse practitioner, Gynaecology. Esther is a champion for advancing nursing practice and has established a nurse prescribing group.  Patients speak very highly of her and she is hugely respected by her colleagues.
  • Nurse Leader - Ellie Knights, matron. Ellie received numerous nominations from a range of professions. Her nominations cite a dedication to patient care and strong, visible leadership. She is described as setting high standards and being proactive in leading change in the interests of patients and staff. She is approachable, cheerful, always hugely supportive and embraces the Trust values in her daily leadership approach.

The winners will be presented with a gift voucher, as a small token of appreciation, and certificate at a conference UCLH is holding today (Friday 12 May) to mark International Nurses’ Day.

Flo Panel-Coates, UCLH’s chief nurse, said: “We were overwhelmed, not just by the number of nominations, but by how detailed and heartfelt they were.

“All the winners demonstrate the UCLH’s values of safety, kindness, teamwork and improving - and I am proud to work alongside them.”

Vanessa Sweeney, assistant chief nurse and a member of the judging panel, said: “It was extraordinary to see so many people take the time out of their busy days to make nominations.  

“The carefully-worded nominations from all staff - doctors, allied health professionals, managers and support staff - were heart-warming to read.

“Some of the most moving nominations came from patients, who wanted to let those caring for them know just how much they are appreciated.

“It was extremely difficult to choose the winners and all 192 nominees will receive a certificate with details of their nomination in the next week.”

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