North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating two staff members who have both been recognised in the 2022 NHS Parliamentary Awards.
Celia Kendrick, Head of Resilience & Emergency Preparedness took the regional winner’s award for the Lifetime Achievement Category, and Lauren Woods, Nursing Associate was named regional winner in the Rising Star category.
“To have not just one, but two of our staff members to be recognised in these prestigious awards, makes us feel incredibly proud,” says Jo Bennis, Chief Nurse. “For me personally, I have worked with both of these individuals and they are each incredible in their own right. We are thrilled they are the regional winners and will keep everything crossed that they achieve further success in the national NHS Parliamentary Awards that are being held on 6 July.”
Celia is a very familiar face in our hospitals having racked up an awe-inspiring 43 years of NHS service this year! Every one of those years has been worked in the same organisation. Celia started as a student nurse, spending many years working in our Emergency Department and helping to relocate the department from the old District Hospital site to the then new, Peterborough City Hospital. In 2016 she became the Head of Resilience and Emergency Preparedness in a full-time capacity in 2016 and has taught the national HMIMMS course all over the UK and the world, acting as an advisor for the Department of Health and NHS England.
Lauren is a Nursing Associate working on Ward A2 at Peterborough City Hospital. She has held a variety of different roles within our Trust, including a catering assistant, housekeeper and healthcare assistance, before moving to her current role. Lauren launched a campaign to focus on teamwork and the equal contributions everyone in the NHS makes to providing outstanding care across our hospitals.Lauren created the ‘I’m not just’ campaign to remind her colleagues of how vital each role within a hospital is in providing high quality care and a positive experience for our patients and visitors. Lauren was recently also shortlisted for a 2022 Nursing Times Award under the category of Learner of the Year: Post Registration.
Everyone at NWAnglia FT wishes Celia and Lauren the best of luck at the award ceremony in London next month!