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You Made a Difference awards - January

05 February 2018
PPE expert Michael makes a difference

A healthcare assistant who takes a “no nonsense” attitude to protecting patients and staff in the emergency department (ED) was the second winner of You Made a Difference award for January.

Michael Shortt  provides expert advice to ED staff on the appropriate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) that staff need when caring for infectious patients. He has been leading on fit testing of protective face mask programme for the flu season and has excelled in the role. He has set up a rota of fit testers to be available on most days of the week to capture all staff within the department.   

He has successfully implemented a programme called ‘No Nonsense November’ for fit testing of staff, where he identified the need for additional protective hoods for staff that were not clean shaven and subsequently successfully negotiated the purchase of these hoods as well as identifying safe storage.

An of this work has impressed colleagues in the department. An extract from the nomination said: “Michael is leading the "Fit testing of protective face masks" programme for Flu, aimed at ensuring all staff within ED has been fit tested. He has successfully implemented a programme called ‘No Nonsense November’ for fit testing of staff and has set up a rota of fit testers to be available on most days of the week to capture staff within the department. 

“Michael also identified the need for male medical and nursing staff to be clean shaven to ensure face masks were sealed effectively and also successfully negotiated a discounted price with the company who supply the masks.”

Michael joined the Emergency Department in 2006 and has progressed through the ranks in the years he has been in the Trust, he is currently working towards his band four training.

 

A clinical nurse specialist whose commitment to delivering excellence for her patients  was a very deserving winner of a You Made a Difference award for January.

Hannah Collins was picked out by her colleagues in the Interventional Pulmonology/Pleural Team  for “her constant professionalism and positivity” which make “even the hardest shifts a joy to be around.”

Described as an outstanding colleague, she is praised for always pursuing new ideas to improve the team and the service provided to patients.

An extract from the two nominations said: “Hannah is constantly supporting, and encouraging her team. She remains calm and cheerful, always respecting her colleagues with her constant professionalism and positivity; making even the hardest shifts a joy to be around.

“When the team have been met with challenging patients and situations Hannah has never faulted in stepping up, always thinking of the patient and being safe, kind and excellent in everything she does; she is an outstanding colleague to work with.

“She is always pursuing new ideas and ways to improve the team and the service. Hannah has such a wonderful caring nature with all our patients and their relatives, always listening to their concerns and helping them as best she can. She also comes in on her days off to help care for on-going regular patients and the patients and their families love seeing her and is always praising her on the work she does.  She makes such a positive difference to her patients”

Following nurse training in Sheffield, Hannah started working at CUH in October 2012 as a Staff Nurse. In 2016, she took a ten-month secondment as a clinical support nurse to then be successfully appointed in 2017 to a permanent role. 

 

 

                       

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

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