A ‘truly outstanding’ senior nurse has been celebrated at this year’s Surrey Stars Awards.

Jacqui Tingle, the Deputy Director of midwifery and Divisional Head of Nursing for Women and Children at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust, was revealed as Employee of the Year at the annual NHS awards event.

This year Jacqui has played a key role in securing an ‘Outstanding’ rating for the Royal Surrey’s maternity services from the Care Quality Commission. She was nominated by colleagues who recognised her commitment to patient care and improving services.

Jacqui said: “I was humbled to be named as Employee of the Year. I’m blessed to work with a really amazing team who are hard-working, dedicated and committed to delivering the very best that they can for patients every day. I absolutely love my job and would like to thank everyone who nominated me.”

Royal Surrey Chief Executive, Louise Stead, said: “Jacqui is a deserving Employee of the Year. The team she leads has proudly earned an outstanding rating from national regulators and has also been accredited as a Gold Baby Friendly Service after undertaking UNICEF’s rigorous assessment process.

“A number of colleagues nominated Jacqui and described her as ‘a truly outstanding senior nursing manager and practising midwife who is universally admired and respected by her colleagues for her passion to deliver excellent care to patients’.

“We are proud of what Jacqui and the team have achieved but they were not alone. We were thrilled by the hundreds of nominations that were submitted and touched by the stories that were shared.

“It is so important that Royal Surrey takes the time to recognise the inspirational work of our colleagues.  All of the finalists and winners demonstrated outstanding care and commitment to our patients.

“The nominations and the finalists really do reflect the many important parts and roles that make Royal Surrey what it is. We are so proud to be able to celebrate their stories in the year that the NHS marks its 70th birthday.”

The awards celebrated staff from across the organisation which this year incorporated adult community services into the Trust.

More than 450 nominations were submitted by staff and the public. Guests at the awards ceremony listened to inspiring stories of staff going above and beyond expectations and recognised the work of diagnostic staff, corporate teams, cleaners, porters, and other sport staff as well as doctors and nurses and other vital clinical roles.

You can view all our winners and their categories here

Find out more about the finalists and their invaluable work for patients here

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