Awards for three Croydon nurses who provide incredible care every day
Three Croydon nurses today received annual awards from the NHS’s national Head of Safeguarding Kenny Gibson - a leader of safe high-quality NHS care.
The winners were decided by a senior judging panel at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and are a highlight of its celebrations ahead of International Nurses Day (12 May).
At a ceremony at Croydon University Hospital colleagues heard why the winners’ work is so valued by staff and patients:
Healthcare assistant Nakita Martin was named Healthcare Assistant of the Year.
Nakita is very warm and caring and looks after patients who face challenging conditions like dementia. It is not everyone that has the ability to really take the time and work out what someone is trying to communicate, especially during difficult times. She has a can-do attitude and her patience and understanding shines through, always having a smile on her face. Even during her lunch breaks she has been seen helping older patients from the hospital Lunch Club.
After receiving her award Nakita said: “Someone once said I get on well with people who have difficult conditions like dementia, so suggested this job. It’s a great feeling to be so appreciated.”
Practice educator Linda Litchfield was named Nurse of the Year.
Linda is a role-model nurse who has made many improvements to Children’s Nursing in the Croydon area. She developed an innovative programme of combined study days for Children's Nurses from our community and hospitals. She led the recruitment of new Children's Nurses in four different areas of our Trust and set up a special programme to support and develop them in their early stages of nursing. She is also cheerful and approachable. Linda’s dedication to ensuring Children’s Nurses are confident in providing safe and evidenced based practice has enhanced the experience of babies, children and young people receiving nursing care in home, hospital or community settings.
After receiving her award, Linda said: “I really like how my role lets me support the nurses of the future.”
Midwife Yvonne Tappin was named Midwife of the Year.
Her kindness and compassion is matched by her calmness, even during the most challenging moments in maternity care. She treats everyone with dignity and respect, irrespective of status, and is exceptional at her work.
After receiving her award, Yvonne said: “I want to thank my great teammates. We all work well together and that’s really important.”
Michael Fanning, our Trust’s Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professionals, said:
“Nakita, Linda and Yvonne embody everything that’s good in nursing at Croydon – warmth, talent, dedication and attention to detail. We’re proud to have them and their teams working here.
“Our nurses work really creatively with social workers, local authorities, charities and other services to find new ways to improve people’s health and independence. So it’s a great time to be a nurse in Croydon and explore the possibilities of modern healthcare.”
Kenny Gibson, national Head of Safeguarding for NHS England, said:
“Congratulations to Nikita, Linda and Yvonne on their awards. It was so impressive to hear their powerful and inspiring stories, which demonstrate excellence in the nursing profession.”