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Find out more about our Healthcare Assistant of the Year shortlist

Kimberley Beresford

‘She doesn’t know how talented she is’

You know you’re doing something right when your manager nominates you for a Nurse of the Year award, so Kimberley Beresford, a Healthcare Assistant in Ward F18 (Trauma and Orthopaedics), must be on cloud nine right now.

Kimberley Beresford

Kim’s manager, Emily Mulvaney, said: “Kim is often found in our enhanced supervision bays and has a special interest in improving the quality of our patients’ stays. She is key to ensuring the extra touches that make the quality of stay that little bit better for our patients and their families.

“Our patients in Trauma and Orthopaedics are often in their last 1000 days of life and Kim ensures the time she is caring for them is not simply task focused and doing what’s needed. She goes over and above her job role, like bringing in and shopping for activities and aids our patients need (such as an inflatable sink that can be used to wash the hair of our more vulnerable patients).”

Another colleague, Jenny Davies, added: “Kim is amazingly kind, so patient and so calm. She goes way beyond the extra mile for our patients, she loves giving people the best person centred care she can; she washes hair, paints nails, assists people to dress in their own clothes or from our ward’s clothes bank, she organises activities and games to help pass the time, and all with a smile and a lovely personality. She is also a dementia link nurse and is very compassionate and patient with those with dementia.

“I’m proud to work alongside her and I believe she has a lot of potential for an amazing career ahead. She doesn’t know how awesome and talented she is!”

Vote for Kimberley as Healthcare Assistant of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Marcus Barton

‘His patients always come first’

Marcus is a Healthcare Assistant in Gastroenterology, Ward F21 at QMC, caring for patients who are being treated for conditions relating to the liver, intestines and colon.

Marcus Barton

Friend Tracy Spencer, said: “He's just one in a million!  Marcus is a carer, by name and nature. He gives 100% and more to his work and this really does show with the truly wonderful words patients have left in feedback books. He gets stressed, as do all health care professionals, but his patients always come first, with a smile on his face and maybe a joke or two to put a smile on their faces as well.”

One of Marcus’s patients also nominated him for this award, after receiving

Stephen said: “Marcus was a light in a dark place when I needed it the most. When he was on shift I knew it was going to be a good day and I was in good hands. I believe he changed my life for the good, even though I was very challenging at one point!”

Vote for Marcus as Healthcare Assistant of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Yvonne Williscroft

‘Fostering lifelong parental skills’

Yvonne is part of the family at Bonington Ward in City Hospital and has been described as the ‘work mum’ to many of her colleagues.

Yvonne Williscroft

Colleague Sharon Dickinson said: “Yvonne is one of the most positive, inspirational, motivational members of NHS staff who I have ever come across in my 33 years within the NHS.”

Yvonne is one of our transitional care midwifery support workers whose role is to provide care to babies who are not sick enough to require admission to the neo-natal unit but not well enough to go home as they have additional care needs.

Sharon continued: “Yvonne provides care to these babies with skill and compassion, fostering lifelong parental skills and relationships which enable mothers and babies to make that transition to motherhood and gain confidence in providing care for small and fragile babies.

“She is a key supporter of the shared governance council initiatives and has baked many a quirky cake to support fundraising to improve the environment for women and staff members.

“Yvonne is definitely one of our unsung heroes, doing her job with style, passion, compassion and professionalism, providing inspiration and courage to women and midwives within NUH. She will say she is just doing her job, but she does so much more.

“Thank you for being part of our team Yvonne and huge thank you for everything you do to support and lead improvement and for the joy you bring to those who are around you.”

Vote for Yvonne as Healthcare Assistant of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Mary Keane

‘You’re worth your weight in gold’

Mary is a Healthcare Assistant for Healthcare of Older Persons, Ward C54, where she has been described by her nominator as a “very approachable, friendly, kind, caring and an asset to the ward.”Mary Keane “She always handles patients sensitively and with compassion, bringing a smile to staff, patients and their families. Multiple times when family members of dying patients were in distress, Mary took time to accompany the families, ensuring that they were not alone and constantly offering them drinks and food.”

Mary regularly receives thank you cards from patients and their families all saying how she supported them in their time of need. Words like: “You really cared and made him comfortable in his final hours, we can’t thank you enough.”, “We really appreciated your cheerful presence and the respectful way that you spoke to all patients in your care”, “You are a treasure.”, “You work so hard, always a smile and you’re worth your weight in gold. Keep up the hard work.”

Her nominator added: “When there are confused or agitated patients, Mary will sit with them and manage to calm them down. She always dresses the patients in their home clothes and sits them on the chair, helping to keep their independence. She takes full charge of the clothing bank, regularly contacting charity shops to make sure there are sufficient clothes on ward for patients.

“Mary always looks after staff wellbeing. When I was injured, not able to cook and felt lonely, Mary cooked for me many times and always checked on me to ensure I was fine. She always goes extra miles to help those in need.”

Vote for Mary as Healthcare Assistant of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!