1 November 2018

Health Hero Maxine up for national award for work with stoma patients

A Clinical Support Worker is in with a chance of winning a national award in recognition of the difference she makes to patient care.

Maxine Housley, who works for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is up for the Our Health Heroes Clinical Support Worker Award after being successful in the regional round.

Maxine specializes in caring for those patients who have a stoma or complex wound following bowel surgery (such as colostomy patients).

Some of these patients can spend a significant period of time in hospital, and Maxine uses her knowledge and expertise to provide practical and effective advice to help them manage their stoma, as well as offering psychological support.

She was nominated by one of the colorectal surgeons in recognition of the difference she makes to patient care.

Maxine said: “I love doing what I do. It is challenging, never boring, and the patients are incredible.

“I get a lot of satisfaction because I see them from the beginning of their hospital stay to the end. A big part of the role is helping them to keep their morale up, and you can really build a relationship with them.

“It is the best feeling in the world when you see a patient through to going home. That is what it is all about.”

In her nomination, colleagues described her as “a miracle worker, using appliances, products and her years of experience to achieve bespoke solutions for each patient. She is adored by patients and all who work with her.”

The winner of the award, which is supported by Health Education England, will be decided by a public vote.

To vote for Maxine, go to www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh before November 8.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on November 23.

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