On Thursday 7th October, three members of staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals enjoyed their success at the South East Coast Health and Social Care Awards. Lynn English, Chaucer Ward Clerk at Ashford Hospital, won the ‘Unsung Hero’ award with Maxwell Freer, IT Network and Systems Manager, also a finalist in the same category. Dr Gill Britton, Occupational Health Consultant, won the much coveted title of ‘Health Professional of the Year.’

Colleagues describe Lynn English as ‘the heart and soul of Chaucer Ward’ and say she thoroughly deserves her ‘Unsung Hero’ accolade. Lynn has worked at Ashford Hospital for over twenty years and is described as someone who goes well beyond the call of duty and is always willing to help get the best for patients, the ward and staff. In addition to her day job, Lynn has raised large sums of money for Chaucer Ward and also chairs the Ashford Stroke Klub, which provides support to stroke patients and their carers.

Dr Gillian Britton has worked at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals since 1986 and is widely respected among her peers for leading and developing the occupational health service. Gillian has built her career on the belief that members of staff are the greatest asset an organisation can have and is described as being ‘flexible and always available to give advice and support’. She has also built up the department to provide occupational health services to councils and other local organisations in addition to the NHS.

Maxwell is the ‘behind the scenes’ technical expert who ensures that every member of staff has round-the-clock access to essential computers, networks and systems. Colleagues nominated Maxwell because of his dedication to providing these services – he has been known to work through the night when upgrading systems to minimise disruption to front-line staff and patients.

Raj Bhamber, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “All of us at Ashford and St Peter’s are very proud of Lynn, Gillian and Maxwell, who thoroughly deserve the recognition they have received. The fact that we had three regional finalists is an achievement in itself – so to be the only Trust in the South East Coast to win two of the eight awards available to over 47,000 NHS employees in Surrey, Kent and Sussex is just fantastic. The awards reflect the commitment of our staff to our core values known as the 4Ps – Patients First, Personal Responsibility, Passion for Excellence and Pride in our Team.”

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