Advancing Healthcare Awards 2017 – Meet the shortlist

24 Feb, 2017

HSL is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Star award

Health Services Laboratories is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Star award at the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2017.

The Rising Star award will be awarded to a qualified allied health professional or healthcare scientist who has worked in the profession for less than five years. Staff were encouraged to nominate a colleague or member of staff who has shown a level of initiative, skill and commitment that is truly exceptional, and who they, and others, recognise as a star in the making.

The awards will be presented on 31 March 2017 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

The judges have narrowed the Rising Star award down to six entries; take a look at their profiles below to find out why they’ve been nominated:

Dimitra Verra, chronic disease management dietitian, Central London Community Healthcare Trust

Dimitra is an outstanding dietitian and a true champion for patients and colleagues.

Since qualifying, she has learnt the importance of incorporating research evidence with clinical skills and patients’ values and preferences. She strives to provide the highest levels of care and has learnt to understand how her own behaviour impacts those around her. She is regarded by patients, colleagues and managers as kind, courteous and considerate. She always has a smile on her face and openly shares her own experiences, providing a source of strength and inspiration to countless others. Dimitra is engaged, energised and collaborative, driving projects forward and showing great promise for the future.

Rachel Ball, dietitian, University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Rachel has recently helped to develop a dietetic service in a previously unfunded area. Within four months, she has developed a specific specialist dietetic role, improved patient care pathways and demonstrated how important appropriate nutrition is as part of the patient journey. She has actively sought to promote all aspects of the dietetic role to the multi-disciplinary team and how it can benefit the clinical service. Rachel is always enthusiastic and demonstrates true passion for the field of dietetics and hospital nutrition. She is becoming a true inspiration and wonderful role model for other members of the dietetic team.

Mark Edwards, lead clinical scientist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Mark has successfully taken on a lot of responsibility in radiotherapy physics, being promoted from band 6 to band 8 in just two years. He is highly knowledgeable, always staying up to date with new developments and using his initiative and expertise to implement these clinically. He always goes the extra mile and is highly regarded by colleagues for being caring, calm, decisive and down to earth. He supports the team by stepping in for urgent or out-of-hours work and willingly doing undervalued jobs such as clearing out old equipment. He is typically called upon to sort out clinical problems by junior colleagues and other staff groups due to his sound judgement. In short, Mark is a superb clinical scientist.

Fiona Brannon, music therapist, Warwickshire Music Hub

Fiona sold her house to pay for training to become a music therapist – that level of dedication and single-mindedness certainly makes her stand out from the crowd. She has achieved a huge amount in her two years since qualifying, identifying the need for strong communication between various team members involved in supporting the vulnerable people she works with. She has the empathy and understanding of someone with much more experience, both with her clients and colleagues. Her flexible and intelligent approach will only add to her potential to become a leader in the world of music therapy.

Erin Wilson, specialist orthoptist, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust

Erin is an orthoptist who has been working for three years. During this time she has continually shown excellent clinical leadership skills in every aspect of her role. Erin takes every opportunity to form clinical networks not only within the acute trust but with professionals in education, local government services, community health teams, residential care homes and research teams. She works tirelessly to promote the role of orthoptics within the trust and is always thinking of innovative new ways of working. Erin’s most striking attribute is her focus on quality: she knows that any quality improvement project, however small, is hugely important for patient care.

Ruth Louise Poole, healthcare scientist, Cedar, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Ruth stands out from her peers in her willingness to tackle new challenges, which she seems to relish. She pioneered the use of linked health data to answer research questions arising from NICE’s Interventional Procedures Guidance, and is currently planning a procedural evaluation linked to a clinical trial of a diagnostic test to inform NICE Diagnostics Guidance. Her success in overcoming challenges has given her confidence to learn independently how to use novel methodologies and apply them to her projects. She is always willing to support her colleagues and is a key source of information for clinical coding, data linkage and databases.

HSL is a progressive partnership between The Doctors Laboratory, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (the Royal Free London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

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