Michelle Rimington, Specialist Nurse, wins February’s Bank Worker of the Month Award
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 a Kindle 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 February’s winners was Michelle Rimington, specialist nurse at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. We spoke to Michelle to find out more about her and her working life.
How do you feel about winning this award?
I was really surprised as I’d never heard of it. I felt proud too as I finished my Masters in February in NHS Leadership and a lot of that has been about positive feedback. I think this award has reinforced the importance of positive feedback.
What’s your role at the Trust?
I was a specialist nurse working with a transfusion practitioner but now I work as a flexible worker in A&E. I have direct patient care on a day to day basis so that ranges from the admission to the discharge or admission to patient ward.
Why did you choose to work for NHS Professionals?
It was the bank that the hospital used where I worked. I looked into going to work for other agencies but I am committed to the NHS and NHS Professionals’ ethos felt like part of the NHS. Agencies almost feel like they’re going against what the NHS stands for.
You’ve just finished your Masters, is that why you’re working on the bank at the moment?
Yes, it me realise I had become quite detached from clinical practice and that’s where my foundations are – I did that in A&E and before that, intensive care. Before going back into a more senior role, I wanted to get back in touch with that and NHS Professionals has provided me with the flexibility to also work around different speciality areas that I’d never worked in before.
How long have you been a nurse and what made you get into nursing?
I’ve been a nurse for about 12 or 13 years. It’s what I’ve always done. I started my A Levels and then realised I didn’t need them to become a nurse. From the age of 13, I was working in a care home – it’s something I just love.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Looking after people. When you’re with patients, they are at such a vulnerable time in their life that it feels like an honour to be making their life just a little bit easier.
What’s the best thing about working for NHS Professionals?
It’s just been really easy! The flexibility, the hours, everyone I’ve spoken to has been great. When you’re working for an agency or bank you can feel quite detached but whenever I speak to someone or meet them, I still feel like I can ask questions and I’m supported.
The teams I work with have made my experience of nursing. I have worked with some really amazing people and without them my experience would not be the same – they’re what make the NHS.
Do you have any hobbies or interests in your spare time?
I like camping and I keep chickens. Ultimately I’d quite like a small holding – I love the outdoors and the idea of escaping somewhere rural for a week.
What are your plans for the future?
My passion lies within quality management. We’ve had incidents which impact patient care and I don’t agree with that which is why I feel I need to get on top of the clinical side of things before going into a role that deals with those issues.
Congratulations to Michelle and all the other February winners! Thank you to all of our workers for ensuring that patients receive the best care possible, and for being great ambassadors for NHS Professionals.