It was a night of celebration for staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals on Friday 28th March, following their success at the Surrey and Sussex ‘Proud to Care’ Awards Ceremony.

The evening, hosted at the Copthorne Hotel at Effingham, recognised and celebrated NHS ‘stars’ from nurses, health visitors, midwives and care staff working across the region who go above and beyond the call of duty in delivering the 6 Cs of nursing – Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment.

Diane Lashbrook, Clinical Nurse Leader at Ashford and St Peter’s, was the overall winner of the Individual Commitment Award, with two further finalists from the Trust receiving Runner-Up Awards – The Typhoon Hayian Appeal Team, led by Clinical Nurse Leader Romel Mendoza and Sister Rizelda Ramirez, for the Team Commitment Award; and Sarah Charlier, Senior Healthcare Assistant, for the Individual Communication Award.

Associate Director of Nursing for Medicine, Justine Hillier, who nominated Diane for the award said: “We are so thrilled that Diane won and it is very much deserved. Her passion for providing the best possible experience for our patients is evident and she really does go the extra mile to listen to their feedback and act upon it. As a leader of a large team of nurses, she believes that a happy and supported workforce leads to happy and informed patients – and that is particularly clear in the way she oversees our outpatient services. She put a huge amount of time and effort into ensuring that every detail of our new Outpatients Department at Ashford Hospital was perfect. She also works very hard to support patients who need extra help with communication – such as braille, sign language and interpreting services.”


Clinical Nurse Leader Romel Mendoza and Sister Rizelda Ramirez receiving their Runner-Up ‘Team Commitment Award’ for the Typhoon Hayian Appeal


“I was also delighted to see our other staff recognised with the Runner-Up Awards. Sarah is a credit to her ward as a dedicated Healthcare Assistant – always smiling, positive and with a great ability to settle patients that are agitated or distressed. Romel, Rizelda and their team did a fantastic job in reacting to the Typhoon Hayian disaster- launching an appeal across the Trust to fill 225 large boxes with donations for victims of the Philippine typhoon. All-in-all, the awards ceremony was an inspiring night and opportunity to celebrate everything that is great about our dedicated staff at Ashford and St Peter’s.”


Senior Healthcare Assistant Sarah Charlier with her Runner-Up ‘Individual Communication Award’


The top picture shows Clinical Nurse Leader Diane Lashbrook being presented with her ‘Individual Commitment Award’ by Sherree Fagge, Director of Nursing at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals