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The Magnificent Seventh Southend Hospital Heroes Awards

14 October 2019


With over 120 nominees and guests attending – and applauding – the annual Hospital Heroes saw nominees and guests in seventh heaven.

There were 22 nominees in total, made up of dedicated staff from both the front line and behind the scenes of the Trust, across eight categories, who were celebrated for their achievements in helping to improve the lives of patients.

The awards took place at Saxon Hall, Southend. Award categories included Innovation, Care With Compassion, Unsung Hero, Managing Director's Professional & Accountable, Working Together, Employee of the Year and Chairman's Outstanding Achievement and Patients' Choice.

The Patients' Choice Award was supported by the Echo, whose Editor-in-Chief, Chris Hatton, handed out the final award of the evening. Judging by the thunderous cheers in the room, this year's recipient - voted for by the public and Echo and Southend Standard readers - was a popular choice.

Bereavement Midwife Amanda Cushing's win was made all the more fitting as the award happened during Baby Loss Awareness Week. An emotional Amanda said: "It means a lot to me to be nominated for this award, because the families that have nominated me have been through very difficult times.  And the fact that they have taken the time to write really kind things about me and the team, and what we have done for them. I am just hugely touched and humbled by that, and this award. Winning it was a huge surprise, but it genuinely means so very much to me, I'll always cherish it and what it stands for."

Yvonne Blücher, Managing Director of Southend University Hospital, said: "We received over 200 nominations for individuals as well as teams. The nominations were really impressive and we found it incredibly tough to decide on the shortlists for each category. There were many life-changing and life-saving examples of how staff have provided exceptional care to our most vulnerable patients."

Winners collected their deserving awards in front of The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr John Lamb, Mr Ray Howard MBE - Freeman of the Borough for Castle Point, Cllr Mrs June Lumley, Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Robin Dray and Mark Francois MP.

And the winners are…

Winners are in bold:


Implantable Loop Recorder Service

Rehabilitation Transition Team

The Control Team

Care With Compassion

Wendy Warner, Palliative Care Joint Clinical Lead Nurse

Jolly Barber, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Billy Fashanu, Consultant Physiotherapist

Unsung Hero

Louise McIver, Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Manager

Pauline Evans, Service Manager

Darren Whitelaw, Surgical Flow Manager

TeleTracking Project Team

Managing Director's Professional & Accountable Award

Sarah Ecclestone, Practice Development Nurse

Elaine Barradas, Home Therapies Sister

Karen Kinnear, Associate Director Theatres & Critical Care

Working Together

Dr Strickland and the Gastro Ward Team

Customer Services/ Switchboard

Dr Bafadhel & Dr Gretton and the Frailty and Palliative Care Team

Employee of the Year

Andras Gal, Orthopaedic Speciality Doctor

Julie Macdonald, Maternity Support Worker

Viola Zuokumor, Registrar Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Chairman's Outstanding Achievement Award

Elaine Barradas, Home Therapies Sister

Patients' Choice

Amanda Cushing, Bereavement Midwife

Dr David Gallagher, Consultant Neurologist

Aneta Kowalik, Healthcare Assistant