Trust’s awards night honours outstanding ‘STAR’ staff

Emma Mort
Emma Mort

An inspirational Clitheroe woman who developed a new course of action to tackle and treat a rare syndrome and a caring local nurse were among the hospital heroes recognised at a recent star-studded ceremony.

Janet Whitaker, who works part of the Cauda Equina Pathway Team based within the physiotherapy department at Royal Blackburn Hospital, along with Lisa Corbett, of Rossendale, received the Quality Innovation and Research Award.

They were nominated by several people after they developed a new pathway and process to help tackle and treat the comparatively rare Cauda Equina Pathway Team.

Also honoured at East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust’s awards ceremony held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, in Clayton-le-Moors, was 22-year-old staff nurse Emma Mort, of Clitheroe. Emma, who works in the Medical Assessment Unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital, scooped the Compassionate Care Award after gratitude was expressed by many families looked after by the young nurse.

The STAR Awards 13 winners from departments across all services in the Trust rewarded for their dedication and achievement.

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.

Lisa Corbett and Janet Whitaker (right)

Lisa Corbett and Janet Whitaker (right)

“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.

Tom Bamber from the JRA Group, who deliver training courses at the Trust, said: “It is so fantastic to be included in the awards process. I love hearing about the great things staff have been doing to make a difference to patient care.”

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

Trust Chief Executive Kevin McGee