Nurses and Midwives achievements recognised for Going the Extra Mile (GEM Awards 2017)

We are delighted to announce that Thabitha Charles, Senior Clinical Research Nurse at The Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary is the overall winner of the Nursing & Midwifery Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award in the category of PRIDE.

The GEM awards is a Trust wide initiative to enable patients, carer’s and staff to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Nurses and Midwives who are dedicated to delivering research and improving patient care and clinical quality. Winners are picked from each Division who go on to be finalists for the Trust wide awards.

Thabitha was presented with the overall Trust award of PRIDE at the 2017 Nursing & Midwifery conference  in October; she received a glowing nomination for the award from her peers for leading by example and delivering research with care and compassion. 

Shilpa Aleti Clinical Research Nurse at The Manchester Heart Centre said;

Thabitha’s interest in promoting the equality and diversity strategy in terms of recruitment within research at Manchester Heart Centre is commendable and unique to our team. I believe her work needs to be recognised and appreciated; and it definitely means a lot to hear her regularly say; “I love my job and the team” She is a fabulous team leader!

Janette Dunkerley, Lead Nurse, MFT said;

Thabitha is a highly appreciated member of staff across the Research and Innovation (R&I) Division and within her team at the Manchester Heart Centre. She is an asset to MFT and committed to promoting the Trust’s core values and objectives.

In total 24 nurses and midwives from across the R&I Division were nominated for the awards and the Divisional Management Team had the difficult task of shortlisting a handful of people to win on behalf of the Division.

The panel chose four winners who they thought best represented an individual value, with each winner awarded a certificate and GEM pin badge by Janette Dunkerley, Lead Nurse, and Kathy Evans, Divisional Director.

The four Divisional winners are:

PRIDE: Thabitha Charles, Senior Research Nurse, Manchester Heart Centre

Thabitha was nominated for a GEM award for being a patient centred nurse who leads by example. Her innovative mind and passion for teaching encourages a learning environment within her team and Thabitha always finds an opportunity to promote best practice and improve services, which is reflected in the number of patients volunteering to return for trials and the rewarding feedback received. The MHC research team feel great pride having Thabitha as a team leader and she inspires them to perform diligently and with excellence and passion.

COMPASSION: Heather Glossop, Research Midwife, Maternal & Fetal Health Research Centre

Heather is a highly respected member of the midwifery research team; she plays an important role in the running of the high risk antenatal clinic MAViS for women who are experiencing very complicated pregnancies. Heather was nominated because of her wonderful ability to always put the patient first, which is reflected in the number of women consenting to take part across a large range of studies and this is down to the continuity and compassionate care that Heather provides them with. Heather is growing and improving as a research midwife before everyone’s eyes and has been nominated for a GEM award as the extra work she puts into her role to make a difference really shines through.

RESPECT: Sindhu John, Clinical Research Nurse, The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Sindu was nominated as she is adaptable, knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills. She goes above and beyond to treat her colleagues and patients with dignity and respect at all times. Working as a cross speciality nurse in a variety of areas, Sindhu is an excellent role model in all she does and has made a definite contribution to research delivery and to the patient experience.

CONSIDERATION: Sophie McGregor, Senior Paediatric Clinical Research Nurse, Manchester Children’s Clinical Research Facility

Sophie was nominated by her peers for continuously going above and beyond in her role. She shows commitment to providing high quality care at all times and is a true professional. She is a role model to both staff and students and is always quick to consider others within her role. She recognises when colleagues may need a helping hand and is very considerate to family’s needs; ensuring holistic care is always provided.          

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) has six core values and behaviours that underpin everything we do; Pride, Respect, Empathy, Consideration, Compassion and Dignity.
Watch a short video to find out more about MFT’s core values and behaviours: Living our values and putting our heart into what we do