Trust's Hospital Heroes Revealed

Trust's Hospital Heroes Revealed

2018 staff award winners

The 2018 Hospital Heroes chosen by members of the public at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals were announced in a special awards ceremony held on Friday evening.

Staff, from all three hospitals, came together to celebrate their achievements at   North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Consultant Obstetrician, Erika Manzo was named Hinchingbrooke Hospital Hero 2018 for the care she gave to a couple who were unable to conceive naturally. The couple nominated Erika for her prompt action that ensured they were eligible for NHS funded IVF treatment. During their first round of IVF they conceived a baby boy and thanks to Erika’s help they are now a family.

Bereavement Manager, Natasha Evans was highly commended for the support she gave a colleague and their partner when they sadly lost their baby girl. The colleague who nominated her said they would not have coped during those very dark first few weeks without her.


Disability Nurse Advisor, Sue Overson was named Peterborough City Hospital Hero 2018 for the outstanding care she showed a patient with downs syndrome, dementia, epilepsy and communication difficulties, and their family. During the last months of the patient’s life, Sue alerted the family every time he was admitted and paid regular visits, even when they were on a palliative care pathway. She was right there until the end, checking that everything was done to make them comfortable.


Consultant, Mr Chris Siozos was highly commended by a mother who experienced the trauma of losing her first child. Having saved the patient’s life, he vowed that he would deliver their next child, should the couple fall pregnant again. Mr Siozos gave the couple and their family the faith that there was hope when all they could see was pain and emptiness. When they became pregnant again, he made sure they were in the safest hands and kept an eye on the mother’s mental wellbeing, knowing the anxiety she would experience due to her loss.

Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, Nicola Gregson was named Stamford and Rutland Hospital Hero 2018 for her hard work raising money and awareness for breast cancer charities. Nicola felt the impact of breast cancer when her mum was diagnosed and was subsequently treated on the ward she worked on. Nicola now also works bank shifts at Thorpe Hall and holds regular coffee and cream tea events in her own home, so she can give something back for the care her mum received.

Caroline Walker, Chief Executive of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our staff give us reasons to be proud every day and this event helped showcase that fact. It was fantastic to be able to bring all our staff together to say thank you for the great things they do for our patients. This year we also recognising our longest serving staff member from each hospital as part of our NHS 70 celebrations.

“I was particularly pleased to honour our Hospital Heroes. We received lots of nominations for staff at all three of our hospitals and showcased them all on the night. Thank you to those patients and their families who took the time to nominate. Some of the stories of the level of care given completely blew our judging panel away.”

More staff picked up awards at the event, which was attended by 120 staff members from across the three hospitals. 


The winners and highly commended staff are:
 Award Category  Winner  Highly Commended 
Team of the Year                                                  Peterborough City  Hospital's Volunteers Obstetrics and Gynaecology Rota Team from Peterborough
Outstanding Individual of the Year Emma Rogers, Radiographer from Peterborough Deputy Head of Midwifery, Libby Grooby from Peterborough and Medical Photographer, Rachel Eden from Peterborough
 Unsung Hero of the Year  Heather Reid, Staff Nurse from Peterborough                                                     Emily Gill, Healthcare Assistant from Peterborough
 Seeking to Improve and Develop Award                               Nicola Nightingale, Outpatient Service Manager and Helen Allport Medicine Management Technical Manager from Peterborough  Kaylie Harvey, Ward Manager on A8 at Peterborough 
 Actively Respectful   David Whyte, Catering Assistant from Peterborough I.T Staff: Dilly Payne, Carole Perry and Scott Tenant from Peterborough  
 Putting Patients First  Noreen Sawford, Volunteer at Hinchingbrooke Hospital   Janet Bailey, Volunteer at Hinchingbrooke Hospital 
 Caring and Compassionate                                   Belinda Slate, Personal Assistant and Joe Verdegaal, Business Development Manager from Peterborough  Dr Thomas Mathen from the Emergency Department at Peterborough
 Working Positively Together                                                                                                                      
 Paul Denton, Deputy Company Secretary for the Trust  Katie Lonslow, Communications Specialist


The awards ceremony was held at the Marriott Hotel, Peterborough on Friday 12 October and was hosted by Heart FM Breakfast Show host Kev Lawrence. The event was sponsored by some of the Trust’s suppliers - Althea, Multiplex, System C, Progress Health, Medirest, and Vocera.


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