The following members of staff have been shortlisted for our prestigious 'Employee of the Year' Award. 

All candidates have previously won our 'Employee of the Month' accolade and now is your chance to vote on your favourite and most worthy winner by using the voting poll at the bottom of the page. 

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Sonia is an Occupational Therapist at Rakehead Rehabilitation Centre.

Colleague Louise Anderson nominated Sonia for her positive attitude towards both patients and staff:

“Sonia treats staff, patients and families with the utmost respect and dignity at all times. She creates opportunities for staff and always has time to enable and help their development.  The service receives numerous compliments and I feel this is mainly due to the positivity and support staff receive from Sonia.”

Sonia’s achievement was posted on the Trust’s Facebook page and it was clear to see that her work has been appreciated and recognised by many with many congratulating her on a well-deserved achievement.

Chief Executive Kevin McGee presented Sonia with the award as she thanked her team for their support and hard work: “Staff at Rakehead do an amazing job in often difficult circumstances and I couldn't do my job without you all - it should be a 'team of the month award.' I am very proud to work for ELHT and the NHS. I am privileged to be able to provide rehab and support to patients with life changing neurological conditions and to help them regain as much independence and quality of life back as they can.”

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radiologist, Dr Al-Islam has gone above and beyond to not only cover his own radiology lists, but cover other emergency vascular and non-vascular cases both in and out of hours, due to staff sickness and shortages. He has stayed late several times, and assisted his colleagues in emergency situations such as aneurysms, when not enough staff were available to carry out the procedure safely. This has potentially helped to save patients lives by speeding up their treatment.

Dr Al-Islam offered to cover many lists putting the patients well-being before his own work-life balance. He went the extra mile ensuring that minimal patients needed to be cancelled, and all emergency cases were carried out efficiently. Despite fasting he worked several 12+ hour days, maintained exceptional concentration and professionalism. He stops at nothing to ensure that the patients have the best possible out come.

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The two Lucy’s, who work on Ward C7 at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, were nominated by colleagues for going “above and beyond their duty” to secure a special message from Sir Cliff Richard for a fan under their care.

Patient Pauline Martin, who has seen more than 100 of Sir Cliff’s concerts, was overjoyed to receive a personal video message from her pop star hero after the two staff made a social media plea to contact him, under the hashtag #FindCliff.

In response, Sir Cliff was quick to use the power of social media to send a personal ‘thank you’ message to a delighted Pauline.

Chief Executive Kevin McGee presented the Employee of the Month award to the compassionate pair in July 2018. They were described by colleagues as ‘true advocates of patient centred care.’

Poll question

Who is your 'Employee of the Year'?