The ‘Bank Worker of the Month’ award recognises NHS Professionals’ Bank members 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 October’s winners is Jennifer Wilson, Specialist Nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. We spoke to Jennifer to find out more about her and her working life.
How do you feel about winning this award?
I am really pleased. I was quite surprised to hear that it was something that NHS Professionals did.
What do you do in your day to day role?
I’m a Midwife so I look after women and their families all the way from the start of pregnancy, to birth and then looking after their babies. Generally I’m working in the labour ward.
What is the best thing about working as a bank nurse for NHS Professionals?
I think it’s being able to pick and choose your shifts and having complete flexibility. I’ve been very lucky because there’s been lots available, so I’ve been able to work exactly when I want to. It gives me the flexibility to work around my social life, which is quite a luxury.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Being there for that moment when you see a couple become a family, or a family expanding. That moment is when their world changes forever.
Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other October 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.