Specialist Nurse, Nicola Cook, wins August’s Bank Worker 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 delighted to announce that one of August’s winners is Nicola Cook, Specialist Nurse at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. We spoke to Nicola to find out more about her and her working life.

Nicola Cook Bank Nurse of the Month (1) (2)

How do you feel about winning this award?
I am very happy to receive this award. It’s comforting to know my efforts are being recognised by NHS Professionals.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I have been a midwife for nearly 10 years and I chose to work for NHS Professionals because I appreciate the flexibility of choosing my own shifts. It really helps with a good work / home life balance. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs in the countryside, it helps me unwind.

What do you do in your day to day role?
My role at work is to make sure that mothers and babies are cared for at a high standard and that mothers go home feeling supported and confident to be a parent.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy empowering mothers to feel that they can cope with all that having a new born entails.

Congratulations to Nicola and all the other August 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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