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Sister Winnie Chinery shortlisted as Nurse Leader of the Year

14 September 2014

Health Care

Winifred Chinery, governance facilitator for theatres at Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted in the category of Nurse Leader of the Year at part of the prestigious national Nursing Times Awards 2014.

Shortlisted alongside six other health professionals from up and down the country, the awards recognise those who demonstrate 'best practice' in their roles.

And it is set to be a vintage year for the awards as it has been a record-breaking year for entries and the judges, which included chief nurse officers from across the UK, were extremely impressed with the high standard of those who were entered.

Winifred, or Win as she likes to be known, has worked at the hospital for 32 years, 18 of those years in her current role. This is the first time she has been nominated and shortlisted for anything like this.

Now living in Southend, but originally from Airdrie in Scotland, Win still retains her Scottish lilt. She said: "My husband, Tony, came home from a business trip to Holland to surprise me that he had put me forward for this nomination without me knowing about it.  I was totally shocked to hear when I'd been shortlisted for the award, I think it has taken a while to really sink in. I am just an ordinary nurse who is part of a great team who are dedicated to the care of patients."

As well as being highly regarded by her colleagues Win's hard work is also obviously very much appreciated by her family as it was her husband and good friend Janet Rix who entered Win into the competition.

Tony Chinery commented: "Years ago I worked for the NHS, I know there are thousands of dedicated staff who are committed to looking after patients. Many of these go unrecognised and unseen by the general public, theatres is one of those places. The team within theatres ensure that patients are given the best care possible whilst they are their most vulnerable, Winnie is one of those who makes this happen. I would like to thank my two daughters, Anastasia and Victoria, and also a good friend, Janet Rix, for their help and support in making this nomination."

Chief nurse, Sue Hardy added: "It's fantastic when the hard work and dedication of our staff at Southend Hospital gets recognised on a national platform such as this for the real difference they make to people's lives. Like Win there are many unsung heroes here and she certainly embodies all the qualities that makes a good team great.

"Win or lose on the evening she is already very much a winner in our eyes."

Winifred won't know if she has won until the awards ceremony, which takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London at the end of October.