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Bridlington nurse receives award for lifelong commitment to NHS

20 November 2023

The winners of the 2023 Celebration of Achievement Awards were revealed in a glittering awards ceremony held at Scarborough Spa recently.

The awards recognise the achievements of staff and volunteers at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Philippa Dyer, Senior Sister, Bridlington Care Unit, received the ‘Living our Values’ award for her positive impact on the lives of others.

Philippa onstage at the awards ceremony with Simon Morritt and Andrew Bertram.

Philippa has worked for the NHS for the past 40 years and retired from her position before the pandemic.  However, she answered the NHS call to arms and returned to support her colleagues during COVID-19.  After the pandemic, she continued taking up regular shifts and decided to come back to nursing on a permanent basis due to her commitment to both patients and the nursing community.  In 2022, Philippa successfully interviewed for the role of senior sister and has been fundamental in its progression.

Recipients are nominated by colleagues or patients to recognise all NHS staff who go that extra mile. The event, which was attended by 300 staff, showcased the excellent work taking place throughout the Trust.  The Trust’s annual award ceremony, which is fully sponsored, honours those who go ‘above and beyond’ for patients.

Nominated for the award by Charlene Sargeant, Operational Site Matron, described Philippa as a role model:Philippa has supported staff through challenging personal and work-related experiences, going above and beyond daily.  Her wealth of experience has helped the unit to thrive,” she said. 

“Philippa endlessly drives to provide a high standard of patient care.  Her work ethic and supportive approach helped to grow an ‘empowering’ working environment, allowing for an improvement in the workplace culture.  Her passion for both patients and staff in all areas emulates her lifelong commitment to the Trust and is something to be celebrated.”

The awards reflect the diversity of skills, expertise, and contributions staff provide each day for the benefit of others.

Picking up top awards for going above and beyond were staff from hospitals and community teams as well as scientists, nurses, volunteers, and colleagues who show commitment and courage in their daily working lives.

Philippa was presented with the award by Andrew Bertram, Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive.

Speaking at the ceremony, he said: “We hear great stories every day about how staff across the Trust are making a positive impact on the lives of others.  It’s not just what they do, but the way in which they do it - by living and breathing the Trust values of kindness, openness, and excellence.

“This award was presented to Philippa as she makes a difference day-in, day-out, often behind the scenes, by putting her heart and soul into her work to make a valuable contribution. Her actions speak louder than words while making a real and tangible difference for others.”

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Philippa Dyer, Senior Sister, Bridlington Care Unit, received the ‘Living our Values’ award for her positive impact on the lives of others.

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