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Honours for the top carers.

Hard working staff from South Tyneside Primary Care Trust were commended at the PCT's fourth annual recognition event.

This year there was a record number of nominations. The awards were presented at the Customs House, South Shields.

The primary care cardiology nursing team were double winners, taking trophies for Communications and Clinical Governance ( the system the NHS uses to ensure patients receive the highest quality care. They were praised for their motivated, dynamic approach and for being the driving force for a number of initiatives to improve care, including the Help your Heart pack which provides patients with the information they need following a heart attack.

The Team of the Year title was won jointly by Riverside GP practice and the Graphics department. The Riverside, in Coronation Street, South Shields, was taken over by the PCT following the retirement of the GP who used to run it single-handedly.

New staff, from the GPs to the receptionists, work closely and the practice is fast earning a reputation for innovative work. The Graphics team was singled out for its creative work for the PCT on promotional work and campaigns.

Carol Scott, a secretary with the Home Assessment and Treatment team which provides assessment, support and advice to people with learning disabilities who also have mental health problems, was named Achiever of the Year.

The judges were impressed by her willingness to go beyond the call of duty. She often comforts distressed clients and is always there to lend a hand.

And the Patient and Public Involvement award, which recognises the efforts of an individual or team doing innovative patient, carer and public involvement work, went to the Health Focus Group.

There were also presentations of long service awards. A special award was given to GP, Dr Bill Hall, chair of the PCT's professional executive committee until February.

PCT chief executive, Roy McLachlan, said: "This is a way of saying a very big thank you to our staff for the enormous amount of hard work they do to improve the health and healthcare of everyone in South Tyneside."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 22, 2006
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