Karen Shakespeare wins Bank Worker of the Month for July


Karen Shakespeare

Karen, Specialist Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was one of July’s Bank Worker Of The Month winners. We met Karen following the award to congratulate her and find out more about his day to day role and experiences working for NHS Professionals.

1)How did you get into your current area of work?

I have worked for Pennine Hospital most of my working life in one capacity or another. HCA, Phlebotomist, councillor in the psychology department and then a nurse in A&E

2)What does your typical day at work consist of?

I start at 7:30 when possible and have to handle handovers and general work in A&E

3)What do you love most about your job?

The Variety of my role as well as the knowledge and support of my colleagues.

4)What’s your proudest moment achievement to date?

Obtaining my original position on A&E. I am proud to work for the trust and the department alongside my colleagues.

5) What is the most challenging part of your role?

Everyday there are challenges and stress.

6)What’s the best thing about working for NHSP?

The ability to choose my shifts and the support of the staff at the end of the phone.

7) What do you usually do on your days off?

I have two energetic dogs that keep me busy. I love gardening and spending time with my husband who is my best friend.

The Bank Worker Of The Month award acknowledges Bank Workers who have gone above and beyond what is required in their everyday duties.
There is an award for four categories; Care Support Worker/Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse, Registered Nurse and Admin & Clerical.
To win this award, the workers must fulfill 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.
• Not cancel any shifts for that month.
• Fill the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.
A huge well done to Tom and all the other winners for January!

Thank you to all of our Bank Members 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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