A local healthcare assistant has won a Wellbeing at Work Award for supporting her colleagues with their health and wellbeing.
Elaine Ramsden, Advanced Healthcare Assistant at Goole and District Hospital, not only cares for her patients but her colleagues too. She recently won the regional award for her work to improve the health and wellbeing of her colleagues, supporting them to live healthy lives inside and outside of work.
Elaine, who has worked at Goole hospital for 33 years, said: “I volunteer as a health and wellbeing ambassador at the hospital alongside my day-to-day role. I support staff with their mental and physical wellbeing by providing helpful information to them and encouraging healthy behaviours. I signpost staff to helpful services, share healthy recipes and fitness videos, arrange social activities, and set up a walking group. I also created a wellbeing WhatsApp group so we can all inspire each other.
“The last year and a half have been difficult for everyone, including healthcare staff who have been working under increased pressure. I have a passion for caring for others and I think it’s important we look after our colleagues too – if we’re healthy we can provide the best possible care to our patients.”
Elaine provides the health and wellbeing information in hard copy across the hospital as well as online for staff to access at any time. She gathers feedback from them on what they would find helpful, making sure she is catering to the differing needs of her colleagues.
Chief Nurse, Ellie Monkhouse, said: “We’re very proud of Elaine’s award win and for the invaluable support she provides to her colleagues at Goole hospital. She is a brilliant example of how caring our staff are and deserves this award and the acknowledgement for her efforts.”
Elaine was nominated for the award by Matron at Goole hospital, Kerry Owen, and the winners were announced at the Health Care Support Worker Conference by Margaret Kitching MBE, chief nurse for North East and Yorkshire.
During a recent shift at work, Elaine was presented with a certificate and a £200 eVoucher courtesy of NHS England and NHS Improvement in recognition of her work.