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27 September

OSCA winners crowned

OSCA winners
OSCA winners Sue Smolen (top left), Laura Harding (top right), Jo Francis (bottom left), and Tabitha Stuthridge (bottom right)

The exceptional work of our staff was celebrated at the annual Outstanding Care and Service Awards (OSCAs).

The black-tie event, held at Stock Brook Manor, saw trophies awarded across ten categories including Hospital Hero - which was voted for by patients and members of the public – and Outstanding Service.

Winners included bereavement midwife Tabitha Stuthridge - who has also recently been nominated for a national Butterfly Award - the frailty team for the innovative work with frail and elderly patients, and healthcare assistant Nicola White who last year lit up Broomfield Hospital pink and blue to raise awareness around baby loss.

There was also a presentation to former Mayor of Chelmsford Yvonne Spence who raised a magnificent £87,000 during her year in office split between the hospital’s dementia project and Kids Inspire.

Eight long-serving members of staff were also honoured for having completed 25 years with the Trust.

Managing director Jane Farrell, who hosted the award ceremony, said: “We see many patients coming through our doors on a daily basis, and the proof of the care we are providing was shown by the standard of nominations at these awards. Individual members of staff and clinical teams were recognised for doing something special that was above and beyond the expected level of care.

“Well done to everyone who was either shortlisted or a winner on the night. It was a fantastic achievement to be nominated and one that they should all be very proud of.”

The full list of winners:

Outstanding Service – Cathy Newman

Improving Patient Experience – Tabitha Stuthridge

Hospital Hero – Nicola White

Efficiency and Effectiveness – Integrated Discharge Team

Service Development and Innovation – Frailty Unit

Living our Values – Sue Smolen

Volunteer of the Year – Mary Hirst

Director of Nursing’s award – Justine Wren

Medical Director’s award – Laura Harding

Managing Director’s award – Jo Francis

Long service awards: Ruth Eve, Dawn Garner, Kim Hunnikin, Carol McCartney, Amanda Mitchell, Colin Partington, Chrissie Reed, Carole Watts