St Helens health workers win top awards

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A specialist rehabilitation service which provides support to St Helens patients and a St Helens-based speech and language therapist have been named as winners in The Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater) Staff Awards.

The ceremony took place at Haydock Park Racecourse.

Speech and Language Therapist Bethany Wheeler, who is based at Alexandra Business Park, has been named as a joint winner of The Clinical Employee of the Year alongside a Wigan based Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Team Leader.

Bethany has been praised for the work she has carried out to improve language and communication at a local school.

She has been commended for her positive attitude, clinical expertise and her fantastic ability to really listen to and engage with staff, young people and their families.

The Community Specialist Rehabilitation Service was named Team of the Year. The Service, which consists of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Psychologists and a Vocational Rehabilitation Therapist, supports St Helens and Knowsley patients with complex rehabilitation needs after discharge from hospital or a specialist rehabilitation inpatient unit.

By working closely with hospitals and inpatient units, The Community Specialist Rehabilitation Service provides a seamless transition for patients back into their homes ensuring they get the most appropriate care and repeated hospital admissions can be avoided.

The team won a National Vocational Rehabilitation Initiative Award at The Vocational Rehab Association Awards earlier this year and they are currently involved in developing the country’s first Rehabilitation Masters Module in partnership with John Moores University.

Bridgewater’s chief executive Colin Scales said: “The Bridgewater Staff Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our hard-working colleagues and their inspirational achievements over the past 12 months.

“Our clinical staff such as nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and school nurses go above and beyond every day to provide high quality patient care in clinics, health centres, schools, patients’ homes and other local venues.

“By looking after the health and wellbeing of people in our communities, they play a vital role in helping to keep vulnerable people well, independent and out of hospital.

“The awards are also a chance to celebrate the efforts of our non-clinical staff such as our administrators and receptionists and staff in our IT and estates teams.

“They are the backbone of the organisation supporting clinical staff to do their job as effectively as possibly.

“I am very proud of all our St Helens award winners and finalists and inspired by their tremendous hard work and dedication over the past year.”

Bridgewater provides community healthcare services in parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside and nominations for the Staff Awards were invited from NHS staff, patients and members of the public in all these areas through paper forms in clinics and health centres and an online form on the Bridgewater website –