Pub­lic award would mean so much more

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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,

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