Awards for 'Going the Extra Mile'

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Awards for 'Going the Extra Mile'


OUTSTANDING members of the NHS workforce were honoured last week at the annual Unison Cymru/Wales NHS Health Awards. Candidates were nominated by their peers for "going the extra mile" in patients' care, being a positive role model for colleagues and helping to make the NHS a national treasure. Here are the six winners...

Above and Beyond Award Winner: Martin Griffiths Martin has worked as a porter at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, for the past 25 years.

On November 1, 2016, a staff nurse at the hospital was attacked by a patient wielding a large knife and Martin rushed to her aid, sustaining serious injury in the process.

The nurse has said she owes her life to Martin's quick thinking and intervention and the support of his colleagues, particularly Gary Codd.

Martin's now back at work and was warmly welcomed by all staff.

He said: "I am very proud to win and it is quite unexpected. I shall treasure my award."

Education Award Winner: Gavin Noon Gavin is a linen services supervisor at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl.

He wasn't able to read and struggled with dyslexia.

Wanting to improve his skills and with the support of his union and manager, he enrolled in Unison's Essential Skills in the Workplace course.

He continued to study literacy and numeracy and volunteered to cover a supervisory role during staff absence, winning praise for his abilities.

He became a staff representative and was mentored by Unison.

Gavin led a staff project group to formulate solutions to weekend working issues and was commended on his role by managers.

Eventually, he applied and obtained a permanent supervisory position.

Gavin's personal literacy classes boosted his confidence and now he actively encourages others in similar positions to undertake the journey he has.

His perseverance, tenacity and positive attitude have been commended by colleagues.

Gavin said: "I am so chuffed to win this award and am really happy to have had the support of all my work colleagues, friends and Unison."

The David Galligan Award (for outstanding service to the labour movement) Winner: Martin Horton Martin is Unison's branch secretary at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

He has worked tirelessly supporting and representing staff since joining the health service 20 years ago.

He has a keen interest in education and training.

In 2005, Martin was struck by a major blow when overnight, through illness, he became paralysed.

He spent 18 months in hospital re-learning skills that had been affected but his passion for assisting other healthcare workers never faltered.

He fought his way back and although now wheelchair-bound and needing help with basic needs, he went back to work.

As branch secretary, he and his team have developed a vibrant branch and broken recruitment records.

His sheer guts in returning to work to stand up for others in the health service deserves recognition.

One Team Award Winner: the Medical Team Assistant staffing group, Royal Glamorgan Hospital Medical team assistants at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant form part of the acute medical model of care established in September 2015 to transform the way patients are cared for. …

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