A group of amazing healthcare staff from across the county were honoured for all their hard work and incredible achievements at the Lincolnshire Live Healthcare Awards 2019.
Different practices as well as individuals were awarded for what they had done for their profession at a ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Brayford Wharf North in Lincoln on Tuesday, November 19.
The evening, which was hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire DJ Melvyn Prior, was a great success and celebrated the wonderfully talented people who work in the healthcare industry in our county.
The first award went to Samantha March who received the Rising Star Award, sponsored by Bishop Grossteste University.
She was honoured for all of her fantastic work since starting last year - the mother-of-three often goes in on her days off to learn more and help where she can.
Samantha told Lincolnshire Live: "I love the job. I have a really supportive team.
"I wouldn't be here without them. I want to thanks everyone - it's amazing to get this award."
Up next was the GP Practice of the Year award - which was sponsored by Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.
The winner was announced by Healthcare Director Kay Botley as The Abbeyview Surgery.
Dr Fleur England, from the surgery, said: "I'm incredibly proud to work with the most amazing group.
"It's all about being at the heart of the community and improving the quality of care people receive. We put a lot of hard work and dedication into our job."
The Research, Innovation and Education Award, sponsored by Lincs Independent Living Partnership, was awarded to Dr Julie Clarke.
She was instrumental in redesigning ADHD tests for 6-16 year olds carried out by United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust (ULHT).
Dr Clarke was not available to receive the award which was accepted on her behalf by Andrew Morgan, the Chief Executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust.
The Support Staff of the Year award recognised an unsung hero - the person who works behind the scenes and goes the extra mile for patients.
This award, which was sponsored by Lincolnshire Live, was won by Chris Williams who works as a housekeeper for the chemotherapy suite at Lincoln County Hospital.
Chris Williams said: "I can't believe it - it's brilliant.
"I love my job and to receive this recognition is amazing."
The Non-Clinical Team of the Year was announced as St Barnabas Hospice's marketing department.
This was for an array of fantastic projects in the last year which has led to major growth in the hospital's online presence.
Ria Webster and Hannah Dawson, who work for the department, said: "We have seen a major improvement online since our new manager came in and this year has been amazing.
"We have more and more projects in the pipeline for 2020, including working on the Lincoln Imp trail. We're so happy to have received this award."
Linda Brackenbury took home the Healthcare Assistant of the Year award - sponsored by United Health.
She went above and beyond to arrange for one of her patients to marry his partner just before he passed away - managing every detail - ensuring that a dying man received his last wish.
Linda told Lincolnshire Live: "I try and go above and beyond every single day - I just love what I do.
"It was just about doing something that he wanted more than anything else in the world. That was important for me to do."
Nurse of the Year award was given to Gina Brian who is a practice nurse at The Heath Surgery in Bracebridge Heath.
Gina was given the award, sponsored by Reach plc, as she is always looking to help people - inside and outside of hospital - spending her spare time working with homeless people.
Gina said after her win: "Obviously, it's not possible without the amazing team I have around me at the surgery and the volunteers at the Lincoln Baptist Church."
Doctor of the Year was sponsored by BMI The Lincoln Hospital, recognising a person who shows immense dedication to providing the best care possible.
Dr Steve Bibby, who has worked at Lincoln County Hospital for 26 years, was announced as the winner.
He said: "It's very unexpected.
"We came here to Lincolnshire as a family and Lincoln County has given me an amazing opportunity - it's been a fantastic 26 years. All of this two weeks before I retire.
Midwife of the Year was awarded to someone who improves the birthing experience of everyone they come into contact with.
This was won by Louise Dixon, who pushed for a scan for her patient who was readmitted after birth - which revealed they had pregnancy induced heart failure. This is a rare condition that can kill.
She told Lincolnshire Live: "It's absolutely amazing. I was up against some really, really good midwives which makes it even more special. And I've only been in the job for 18 months!
"I'm looking forward to the future."
The penultimate award of the evening was for the Clinical Team of the Year. It was won by the Children's Physiotherapy Rapid Response Team, which has pioneered a new respiratory service to children with complex long term physical conditions to manage their respiratory problems at home.
Kate Clements, who leads the team along with Tina Bramley, said: "This team is amazing. This is three years of hard work.
"We recognised we could provide an important service and our work has kept kids in school - it's making a massive difference. We're really proud of that."
Finally, the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was sponsored by BMI The Lincoln Hospital, was won by Jane Pannell.
Jane was honoured for all of her work around clinics and wards in Spalding by Mr Ahmed Othman, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at BMI and ULHT.
He described her as a great source of knowledge who was a leading example to others. Colleagues say 'what Jane doesn't know, probably isn't worth knowing'.
He concluded by stating that Jane is the most caring healthcare professional he has had the pleasure of working with and an "absolute credit to the team and the NHS".
Jane was not available to collect her award as she is away in Tenerife.
See all the pictures from the evening and more information about each award from the evening by picking up a copy of the Lincolnshire Echo on Thursday, November 21.
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