Public award would mean so much more
don’t come more frontline that being the lead nurse in the A&E department, so Celia Kendrick is a busy woman.
She is also the emergency planning lead, and together these two roles, and her dedication to them, meant that last year she was awarded the individual outstanding achievement award.
Celia was given the award for her exceptional commitment to maintaining the emergency preparedness of the trust while at the same time continuing to lead her department, and for her enthusiasm, knowledge and skills.
In particular, Celia managed to handle planning for and dealing with the ‘flu pandemic while also still running A&E.
She was delighted to have won the award.
“It did feel rewarding, if I’m honest, because you put a lot of extra hours in when things like that happen and a lot of extra effort and it’s nice that it didn’t got unnoticed,” she said.
“It was knowing that my peers or senior staff had recognised that I’d gone the extra mile.”
Having won an award for which she was nominated internally, Celia believes that an award nominated by the public will be extra special.
“We’re all here for the patients,” she said. “It’s like when you get acknowledgement from the patients. Even if they just pop a simple card in the post it has a massive impact on the staff.
“Your work colleagues and your seniors noticing what you do is great but the patients noticing,