Community Matrons recognised for making a difference in Surrey Heath

Two Virgin Care Community Matrons working in Surrey Heath have been recognised by local NHS commissioners, colleagues and patients for making a difference in the care they provide to patients and in supporting colleagues.

In the year the NHS turns 70, Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group – the body which commissions Virgin Care to provide adult community services such as community and specialist nursing, and rapid response – celebrated the great work people do to deliver NHS services across Surrey Heath last month. The 2018 Making a Difference Awards celebrated the achievements of Surrey Heath Integrated Care across health, social care and General Practice.

People who have used Virgin Care services nominated in their numbers for community matron Ann Summers for going the extra mile when providing care and support.

As a Community Matron, Ann’s work has transformed the lives of many people. People who had been in the care of Ann called her a “lifeline” and an “excellent matron” whom people would consider a “close friend”.

Angela Majury, Community Matron was also recognised as an outstanding professional who has supported the learning of another person or group of people. She was one of the winners of the Enabling the Next Generation Award.

Angela has supported much of the future nursing workforce on their student placements from the University of Surrey, helping them to complete and pass their University assessments due to her continued dedication.

Judges said: “Angela is a valued member of the community nursing team. Not only does she support families and colleagues in need, she is also able to find time to part with her knowledge and inspire the next generation of nurses.”

Two further colleagues were highly commended. Amy Stanton, rapid response Occupational Therapist for integrating care and Theresa Eckley, Clinical Lead for Community Nursing for being an inspirational colleague to others within the integrated workforce care team of Surrey Heath.

More than 90 nominations were sent in across seven categories.

Sarah Wardle, Managing Director for Virgin Care services in Surrey, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that a number of our colleagues were shortlisted, highly commended and winners of awards.

“Our community matrons are highly experienced, senior nurses and I’m delighted for both Ann and Angela on their awards that recognise the work they do day in day out to deliver a difference to people’s lives.”

Dr. Andy Brooks, Chief Officer of Surrey Heath CCG, said: “These awards are a true reflection of the outstanding work that goes on across Surrey Heath. Ensuring people receive the right care at the right time in the right place is essential, and this is only made possible by people’s ongoing dedication to care.”

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