The winners of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust staff awards scheme ‘Mid Staffs Stars’ were recently announced at an awards evening and we are delighted to say Community Rheumatology Sister Jacky McPeak won the Public Star (Cannock) Award!
For the second year running, the scheme aimed to recognise and reward best practice at both Cannock and Stafford hospitals; around 85 nominations were received.
Members of the public and colleagues were invited to nominate individuals or teams who have gone above and beyond their day to day job and offered outstanding service.
Chief Executive Maggie Oldham said: ‘We are very grateful to every one of them for the work they do; they are a credit to the Trust. It was great to celebrate with our staff their outstanding contribution, on what was an emotional evening. We would also like to thank our speaker Michael McGrath, the first and currently only disabled person in the world to have successfully led expeditions to both the North and South Poles – his story of leadership and courage was inspirational.’
Here are the nominations Jacky received:
“Jacky is a very caring person, professional in her approach to patients needs. Always available at the end of a phone line, she goes the extra mile to help her patients, willing to listen and understand what her patients needs are. Her experience is of great help to many rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis sufferers, and she often makes their lives more liveable by her help and support. I am pleased to recommend her for an award.”
“Jackie has been my rheumatoid nurse for the last ten years providing me with 1st class support to help me cope with my illness. She has truly been a life line for me in many occasions especially when I needed treatment. She is always there to listen to me and find the best solutions to get me living my life again. Over the past 12 months her role in my life has been more significant than usual. Last may I was diagnosed with breast cancer which required me to undergo two operations and a course of chemotherapy I was left unable to walk due to the pain of my rheumatoid arthritis. Having Jackie so easily accessible was a God send and it was down to her commitment to getting the best for her patients which resulted in the consultants delivering me the treatment I needed. I believe this is incredible when her work load is taken in to consideration. I know how busy she gets but she always makes time to ring me back when I leave her a message on her phone. I know I can rely on her to help me when I need it most as well as being there to ensure I’m doing well and that my treatment is working. I have spoken to other patients so I know I’m not the sole benefiter of her efforts. Jackie makes time for all her patients to endure their condition has the minimal impact on their lives. When she is praised she will say that she’s just doing her job but without her dedication and compassion I know her patients wouldn’t have the quality of life they currently enjoy.”
“Jackie has improved my care and supported me at a time when I was in a lot of pain and starting to lose some of my quality of life. She has listened to my worries and acted quickly to treat me when I needed it. Jackie is very caring, sympathetic and highly professional. A real credit to your hospital and your staff.”
On behalf of everyone at The Hibbs Lupus Trust, we’d like to send our congratulations to Jacky for winning this award and also thank her for her outstanding work supporting patients within the Mid Staffordshire NHS Rheumatology department.