Two Education for Health trainers shine bright at awards ceremony

28th November 2017

Two Education for Health trainers, Helen Ashcroft and Karen Ward, are among inspirational staff celebrated at their NHS Foundation Trust’s annual awards.

Helen and Karen, who teach Education for Health’s Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and Respiratory Failure Level 7 module, won team awards, and Helen also scooped Employee of the Year, at the Proud of Aintree Excellence Awards 2017 by Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Helen Ashcroft

Helen said: “I am thrilled that I won Employee of the Year and also delighted to win team awards for Oustanding Contribution to Safety, and Contribution to Education awards. A nice reward for all our endeavours!”

The summary in Helen’s award nomination read: “Helen demonstrates unmatched compassion and expertise in her work with motor neurone disease patients experiencing rapidly progressive illness. Her efforts help patients to benefit from treatment which can prolong life, and her research is finding new ways to support patients at home. Her positivity is inspirational for staff and patients.”

For the education award, Helen and Karen, together with their colleague Verity Ford, were praised for their Home Non Invasive Ventilation Service at Aintree Sleep and Ventilation Centre, with care delivered to patients, carers and care providing agencies.

Aintree ventilation inpatient centre teamFor the safety award, Karen devised a proforma that allows the team to capture the risks associated with the treatment for all patients under the service. This is now located within electronic records at the hospital including an alert to let people know it is there, and it is improving the care from front door to discharge of the patient group.

Helen said: “This database is the first of this kind that we are aware of across the ventilation centres and so we are very proud of it.”