“A great nurse and leader” - Matron honoured with Chairman’s Award 


31 January 2013

A Matron based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), who is described as a “great nurse and leader” by her colleagues, has been honoured with a Chairman’s Award.

Mrs Clare Walsgrove, a Matron in the Emergency and Critical Care Centre at RSH, received the award at a meeting of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Board this morning (Thursday 31 January).

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       Chairman's Award winner Clare Walsgrove receives her certificate from (left) Acting
       Chair Martin Beardwell and is seen (right) with Andy Aldreidge, the Clinical Manager
       for Emergency and Critical Care, who supported her nomination

Clare was nominated by colleagues for her passion for patient-centred care and the “positive impact” she has made for patients and the Trust as a whole.

Alongside her Matron duties Clare, 31, has taken an active role in supporting the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at RSH over the last few months, and under her leadership our patients have seen tangible improvements in quality of care.

Martin Beardwell, Acting Trust Chair, presented Clare with the Chairman’s Award. He said: “Clare was nominated by colleagues for her passion for patient-centred care. She truly lives and breathes the Trust values of ‘Putting Patients First’ and ‘Taking Pride in our Work and our Organisation’.

"She is inspirational in bringing her enthusiasm for patient care to the forefront. She has an extremely caring and compassionate approach to her colleagues and the patients under her care, and leads by example.

“Supporting her nomination, Andy Aldridge, Clinical Manager for Emergency and Critical Care, describes Clare as a great nurse and a great leader. She is someone who thinks not just about her patients and her team, but about the whole Trust and our service for all patients.

“Working in an Acute Medical Unit at such a busy time for our hospitals will always be a challenge, and thanks to Clare’s leadership and support she has made a positive impact for the ward and for the wider hospital and Trust. Her enthusiasm for ensuring the AMU, and the Emergency and Critical Care Centre as a whole, are the best they can be sets a shining example.”

Speaking after she was presented with the award Clare, said: “I’m very proud to have received the Chairman’s Award. It’s come as a massive, but fantastic, surprise.

"This award isn’t just about me, it’s about the AMU team as a whole at RSH. Although it’s been my leadership, the improvements have happened because of a team effort. I’d like to thank the whole team for all of their efforts.”

The Chairman’s Award is presented monthly at the start of the Trust Board. Clare’s award included a Chairman’s Award lapel badge, a framed Chairman’s Award certificate and a £50 voucher on behalf of the Trust Board.

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