Debbie Parker, HCA NVQ III, named the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability's Unsung Hospital Hero.
The competition was launched in August to recognise those staff and volunteers who go beyond the call of duty to make the hospital a better place for patients, staff and visitors.
On winning the award, Debbie said, "I'm really surprised and happy. I've worked here for many years and this is the first time I've won anything! It's nice to be recognised for hard work and it's good to have recognition for those who haven't necessarily been trained."
Speaking about her work, Debbie said, "It's really rewarding to be able to give patients on Wolfson a lot of TLC and to see smiles on their faces. I've nursed a lot of people here for a long time, so it's almost like a family in some ways."
David Monkman presented her prize, a weekend for two at a Jarvis Hotel,
saying, "Debbie certainly deserves to be recognised for all her
hard work. She is an excellent example of the large number of our staff
and volunteers who fall into the category of 'Unsung Hospital
is certainly a admirable winner and an asset to the hospital, as testified
to by those colleagues who nominated her. One said, "Debbie is
a dedicated, compassionate and hardworking person, who, for years has
given her best in caring for and improving the quality of life of our
nomination praised her energy and enthusiasm saying, "On many occasions
Debbie stayed on voluntarily after her shift finished to comfort patients
going through a hard time ... she is always helpful, always willing
to teach new HCAs and is always thinking ahead, putting
was kindly donated by a participant in the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability's
Annual Charity Golf Day earlier this year. The anonymous donor won the
voucher for a weekend of luxury at the event, but returned it to the
hospital asking that a member of staff receive it
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability has also presented certificates to all the staff and volunteers nominated, thanking them for their hard work and dedication.
Hospital for Neuro-disability is a national medical charity, not part
of the NHS. It provides both rehabilitation and long term care for people
with severe and complex neurological conditions, and severe physical
disabilities resulting from brain injury, strokes, Huntington's
September 19, 2003