A Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust support worker, described by colleagues as a role model, has been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony.
Recruitment and Education Support Assistant Helen McGowan-Thomson was named runner-up in the Clinical Support Worker of the Year Award category at the Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards.
Since joining the Trust in 2018, Helen has gone out of her way to support a variety of educational programmes, creating and facilitating regular inductions and offering pastoral care to Clinical Support Workers.
Speaking at a glittering awards ceremony in London, Helen said: “I feel quite humbled. Very proud. It’s so nice to be recognised for what you’re doing. I was just so surprised and grateful for my colleagues. It’s such a lovely sentiment. What they’ve done is lovely.”
Congratulating Helen on her award, Stacy Sherwood, Clinical Education Lead in the Practice Education Team at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Helen is continuously striving to achieve high-quality standards for patients, their families and Clinical Support Workers alike. She is a caring and compassionate individual, that always brings out the best in people and is extremely well-liked throughout the organisation by both staff and patients. No job is too big or too small for Helen, and she thrives on being able to help others in whatever way she can.
“That being so, I can think of no-one more deserving of this award, and I would like to extend a massive congratulations to our one in a million colleague Helen.”
The Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards is sponsored by NHS Employers, NHS England, UNISON and more.
For more information visit: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/awards/