Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) is celebrating 20 years of providing out of hours care across the county.
CHoC held an afternoon tea at The Inn on the Lake for staff and all those associated with the organisation to celebrate.
Staff were invited to nominate key individuals for awards for outstanding service, with one winner from each staff group (nurses, doctors, drivers, control and reception, office) and then one overall ‘outstanding’ winner.
Sheila Richardson, Nurse Practitioner, who has just celebrated her Golden Jubilee of 50 years in nursing was the winner of the outstanding award in this category. Sheila is a Nurse Practitioner who has championed the cause of Nurse Practitioners and led pivotal roles throughout her career.
Sheila lives in a rurally challenging area and her previous roles have involved working with ambulance services and has involved going down a mine to rescue injured patients and working across the rural county of Cumbria. Sheila is an outstanding individual who deserves recognition for 50 years of nursing and still continues to work for CHoC.
CHoC plays a pivotal role in providing out of hours urgent primary care across the county. Susan Blakemore, Chief Executive, said:
“I am extremely proud of the staff who work within Cumbria Health on Call as an organisation, everyone plays a key role in providing high quality care to the population we serve in Cumbria.
“I am delighted that the award ceremony recognised the different groups of staff, with one member of each group being specifically rewarded for their huge contribution to the service.’
CHoC are currently undertaking a piece of work in partnership with Healthwatch Cumbria, gathering patient experiences of the CHoC service. The survey can be found here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CHoCPatientSurvey