Southend Hospital caterer Bev beats off thousands to win prestigious award
15 May 2016
A Southend Hospital caterer has beaten 7,500 other employees to win a nationwide award.
Bev Duffield, 51, works for Medirest, part of the Compass Group
UK&Ireland, and won the group's Employee of the Year award.
Medirest provides meals to Southend Hospital's staff and
patients, as well as 50 other hospitals nationwide.
Bev is based on Princess Anne ward, a ward for elderly patients
at Southend Hospital and won because she goes above and beyond her
role of ordering, preparing and distributing food and drink.
The mother-of-two from Hockley, who has worked at Southend
Hospital for 22 years said: "I don't know what the fuss is all
about. I just get on with my job.
"But I always stand by my belief that I treat the patients in
the same way as I would expect an elderly relative of mine to be
treated. If you have dementia patients, you give them extra
Working within the NHS is in Bev's blood. Her grandfather Curly
was a chef at Rochford Hospital, her grandmother was an orderly,
her mum was a domestic at Southend Hospital for more than 40 years,
and her sister also worked there for a time.
"It's quite a family firm, isn't it?" she smiles. "I always saw
how my mum used to be with patients. She always treated everyone
Bev is popular with volunteer Feeding Buddies, mealtime
assistants who help her carry out the trays to patients and help
nurses encourage patients to eat.
"The Feeding Buddies are wonderful," Bev adds. "They are very
good with patients, reliable, really valuable to the ward."
She is pictured here with, left to right, Buddies Vera Parrish
and Cath Adams.
Bev attended the awards, held at Twickenham stadium on Thursday
evening, with husband Nick, 56, and Egle Cironkaite, Medirest
manager at Southend Hospital.
Egle said: "Bev represents everything Medirest stand for -
performance with heart. She is exceptional and we are immensely
lucky to have her on our team."
Princess Anne ward manager Helen Cullen said: "Bev is so
focussed on the patients. She always goes the extra mile to make
sure everyone is looked after."
She wins a trophy and £300 worth of high-street vouchers.