For Louise Payne, a Senior Special School Nurse in Carlton, winning the Unsung Hero Award at Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s OSCARS Awards was extra special.
Louise explains: “At the time that I was shortlisted for an OSCAR my Mum was diagnosed with cancer. She was too unwell to attend the ceremony with me, but the look on her face when I told her I’d won was priceless. Afterwards, I was on the cover of the Trust’s magazine; Mum carried it everywhere with her; she even put it in her Memory Chest. She sadly died a few months later. The award was very special to me and my family.”
The Trust’s OSCARS (Outstanding Service Contribution and Recognition Scheme) celebrates outstanding work by teams and individuals in providing mental and physical health services across Nottinghamshire.
Louise was named Clinical Unsung Hero at last year’s awards, for her dedication to the young people she works with and her willingness to go the extra mile.
“I’ve always been passionate about the work that I do but at times, with increasing pressures on the NHS, it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. Winning an OSCAR was amazing. It gave me a great boost. It’s given me an increased and renewed passion to do my job – and it’s made me want to do it even better, knowing that others think I’m doing a good job.”
Do you know someone who deserves an OSCAR?
Nominations for the 2015/16 OSCARS are now open. Patients, service users and their families can nominate Trust staff and volunteers in nine categories: Clinical Unsung Hero; Non Clinical Unsung Hero; Innovator of the Year; Clinical Team of the Year; Non Clinical Team of the Year; Leadership Award; Rising Star; Lifetime Achievement; and Outstanding Care and Compassion.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 6 November 2015. Winners will be announced at the OSCARS Awards ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre in March.
More information at http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/oscars-2016