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 was Susan Jenkinson, Registered Nurse, at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We spoke to Susan to find out more about her and her working life.
How do you feel about winning this award?
It was a real surprise winning Bank Worker of the Month for October!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I work at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in the Orthodontics / Maxillofacial department. I have been working at the hospital for 14 years as a bank dental nurse.
When did you get into nursing?
I have been a qualified nurse for 30 years. I worked for the community dental service in Chesterfield for 23 years as an Orthodontic nurse and, since then, have been working regularly for NHS Professionals, who took over the bank about 18 months ago.
Why did you choose to become a flexible worker at NHS Professionals?
I like the flexibility of choosing which shifts I would like to work as this fits in with family commitments and walking my dog, Oscar. Another plus is that I’m paid when I take a holiday, which is great.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Working in the department is always enjoyable. The staff are wonderful to work with, the shifts are always busy and it is lovely to be part of a team.
What is the best thing about working as a bank nurse for NHS Professionals?
To be recognised as a valuable member of staff – it means a great deal.
Congratulations to Susan 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.