Gainsborough: NHS staff have been given an award for going above and beyond the call of duty

Rebecca Brookes and Ryan Newton
Rebecca Brookes and Ryan Newton
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Two NHS staff members from Gainsborugh have been awarded for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) annual Celebrating Success Awards were part of a special Health at Home event held at the Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln which was attended by 233 people including members of the public, NHS staff and other organisations.

Teams from across Lincolnshire were given awards across nine categories.

The winners from Gainsborough were Rebecca Brookes and Ryan Newton who went away with the Unsung Hero award.

Rebecca Brookes, a Specialist Occupational Therapist and Ryan Newton, a Physiotherapist, won for their treatment of an elderly gentlemen.

When looking after the patient Ryan learned that the gentlemen was a musician.

Rebecca included his clarinet playing in his plan of care which included using sitting balance with Ryan, to ensure correct positioning for him to play clarinet.

She also worked on duets to challenge his visual perception to be able to read the music and skip lines too.

After several weeks he was playing recitals for staff in the day room and was an extremely happy man when, on the day of discharge, he was able to walk out of the ward.

Rebecca said: “I’m really surprised, it’s just my job and the treatment of this patient simply saw me bring my hobby in to work.”

LCHS Chief Executive, Andrew Morgan, said: “The whole event was a great success with a fantastic turn out.

“It was wonderful to be able to shine the spotlight on our staff who always go above and beyond to support patients and their families on a daily basis.”

Ryan said: “In all honesty it was just about combining physiotherapy intervention and occupational therapy intervention and working as a team with this patients rehabilitation.

“As Becky said she was able to combine her skills of her hobby with her work therapy treatments, and I was able to apply my physiotherapy treatments alongside what Becky was doing.

“It’s just doing our job to rehabilitate a person to hopefully the physical, cognitive and psychological state that they were prior to becoming ill or injured.”

Volunteers who support the trust with their exceptional contributions and dedication were also honoured during the final award of the day, the Emily Jane Glen Memorial for Outstanding Volunteers.

This award was new for 2015 and dedicated to the memory of Emily Jane Glen, who was a committed volunteer with the Breaststart service in Lincoln.