We are delighted to announce that one of June’s winners was Rachael Hanneffy, a Registered Nurse at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. We spoke to Rachael to find out more about her and her working life.
How do you feel about winning the award?
I felt great and so proud, it’s so nice to be appreciated, especially being quite new to the Trust.
What is your role and what do you do at the hospital?
I am a diabetes specialist nurse, currently covering for someone who is on maternity leave. I have my own group of patients, who are children aged between 0-19 in the Liverpool area. I look after them when they have been newly diagnosed and help to educate them around their condition. A big part of my role is visiting nurseries, schools and colleges and providing educational sessions to the staff, to teach them about Diabetes and train them on how to support the children. I also attend a diabetes clinic at the hospital every three months which the patients and other staff members attend.
How long have you been working in Nursing?
I have worked in nursing for 7 years but have been working at Alder Hey Hospital through NHS Professionals for about 3 months.
What made you choose a career in Nursing?
I actually suffer from diabetes myself and when I was younger I spent a lot of time with nurses who gave me so much support and taught me a lot about my condition. It inspired me to want to do the same, to help and educate others who are going through the same thing.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being able to make a difference, but also having that deeper understanding and going through the same thing, means I connect to people on a more personal level.
What’s the best thing about working for NHS Professionals?
For me, it’s the service that the onsite client relations team gave me. I had so much support from them and they have gone above and beyond to help me! I had an issue with my pay and one phone call was all it took to get it sorted. I find it so useful and helpful having an onsite team at the hospital, who you can go to for support when you need it.
Do you have any hobbies and interests outside of work?
Well I love food, so most weekends you’ll find me eating out at different restaurants and trying new cuisines!
What are your plans for the future?
I will soon be a permanent member of staff at Alder Hey Hospital, but I plan to still work one day a week in the A&E wards through NHSP, as I have a bit of a background in A&E and really want to keep my skills up. Looking ahead, I want to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, still specialising in Diabetes. I also want to do some work with Diabetes UK, working with teenagers.
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 four categories; Care Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse, Registered Nurse and Admin & Clerical. Every month, each of the winners receives a Kindle as a thank you for all their hard work. 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.
- Cancel no shifts for that month.
- Fill the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.
Congratulations to Rachael and all the other June 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.