Meet May’s Bank Workers of the Month


The ‘Bank Worker of the Month’ award recognises NHS Professionals’ Flexible Workers who provide excellent quality of care to patients, achieve high standards across our core values and meet the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. There is an award for three categories; Care Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse and Registered Nurse.

Every month each of the winners receives an iPad Mini as a thank you for all their hard work. In order to win this award the workers must fulfil the following criteria:

• Achieve ‘5 – Excellent’ on all five of the sections of the ‘Performance Evaluation System’, which is completed by the Ward Manager at the end of each shift.
• Cancelled no shifts for that month.
• Filled the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.

We are pleased to announce that May’s winners are:

Martin Firth, Specialist Nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

“I have recently started work as a staff nurse at King’s Mill Hospital in Mansfield but previously I was a Band 6 Nurse at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, for 17 years. I have had 32 years of unbroken service as a nurse, 29 of those as a paediatric nurse. I have been working through NHS Professionals on a variety of wards virtually full time while awaiting a start date in Mansfield. There was a lot of work available through NHS Professionals, which meant I could pick and choose shifts. The negotiation of the website and the booking system was very easy. I would recommend joining NHSP.

“I was totally amazed to win this award. I haven’t won anything before and to win this for doing something I love doing was a total surprise and an honour.”

Andrew Bennett, Care Support Worker, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Stockport winner

“I work as a Care Support Worker with NHS Professionals at Stepping Hill Hospital. My work varies from day to day as I work on many different wards. My main role on any ward is to help maintain the health and comfort of the patients. This involves things like observations and inputting them onto patient track, helping to maintain pressure relief, assisting with personal hygiene needs and assisting with dietary needs. But sometimes it’s a simple smile and a kind word that is all that is needed.

“I am absolutely delighted that I have won an award and an iPad Mini for doing a job that I thoroughly enjoy doing.”

Alice Barnes, Registered Nurse, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“I am a State Enrolled Nurse and work in the community as a Bank Nurse. I was surprised, delighted and honoured to be recognised in the Bank Worker of the Month Awards. I have done this job for a number of years, facing new challenges every day. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of care in the community along with the great sense of satisfaction I get from doing a good job. I would also like to acknowledge my NHS co-workers who make collaborative working a pleasure.”

Alice Barnes

Congratulations to all our May winners and thank you to all of our workers for ensuring that patients receive the best care possible and for being great ambassadors for NHS Professionals.

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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