Chief Nurse makes first gold and silver awards for nursing and midwifery excellence

Chief Nurse makes first gold and silver awards for nursing and midwifery excellence
28 May 2019

THE Group Chief Nursing Officer at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE, has honoured two nurses and two midwives by awarding them gold and silver awards for excellence.

The winner of the gold award for nursing was Amanda Hobson from Salford Care Organisation and the winner of the silver award was Shelby Greyson from North Manchester Care Organisation.

Congratulations to Karen Clough who works at the Oldham and North Manchester Care Organisations for winning the gold award for midwifery, and to Vimbai Carr from the North Manchester Care Organisation for winning the silver award.

Each winner is awarded a certificate and badge and gets to attend a thankyou ceremony attended by Group Chief Nursing Officer Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE.

The NCA set up the new NCA Nursing and Midwifery Awards after Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE was awarded NHS England’s first national Chief Nursing Officer’s (CNO) Gold Award for Nursing.

The group executives decided to introduce the awards for the NCA, which brings together Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The NCA Nursing and Midwifery Awards recognise and award individuals who have excelled in their performance by the giving of a silver or gold recognition badge and certificate.

The gold badge and certificate are awarded for outstanding achievement and exceptional/significant contributions by an individual with a distinguished career in nursing or midwifery. The silver badge and certificate are awarded for performance that goes beyond the expectations of the job.

Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE, Group Chief Nursing Officer at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said:

“I am delighted to make these four awards to honour the hard work, dedication and amazing standard of care each of these professionals brings to our organisation. We have introduced these awards for the first time this year and each year we will choose four new worthy winners. It is my way of saying thank you to each and every one of them. They are all well-deserved winners.

Elaine added:

“The NCA Nursing and Midwifery Awards gold award recognises excellence in those staff who have gone beyond their role and are leaving a legacy of excellence in their field. The silver award is for an individual who is beginning their nursing journey, but who has excelled and gone above and beyond in practice.”

Gold winning nurse Amanda Hobson, Lead Nurse for Adult Community Services at Salford Care Organisation, said:

“To receive such an award has made me feel proud and privileged to be a nurse serving the patients and families of Salford.”

In all, the NCA employs over 7,000 nurses and midwives at hospitals in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester.


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More information about the winners

Amanda Hobson – Gold Nursing Award Winner

Amanda Hobson is a lead nurse within adult community and supports the district nurse teams within Salford. She has worked for Salford for over 30 years as a clinical nurse and manager. She is the face of district nurses. Amanda has supported the district nursing teams from being in a position where there were serious concerns to the outstanding service that we have today. She is passionate around end of life care and always puts patients at the heart of everything she does. She has embraced quality improvements and this forms how she works. Below is some staff feedback that was given around how Amanda supports.

“Over the near 7 years I’ve worked in district nursing, Amanda has given me nothing but support with both professional and personal issues. She has always made me feel that she is within my reach for advice, whether that's regarding the team, my wellbeing or support in general.”

“I have always felt supported and when work has felt overwhelming and pressured, there are always ways to make it better, but the difference is that Amanda always works with us to make it better.”

Shelby Greyson – STU – Silver Nursing Award Winner

Shelby is a recently qualified Registered Nurse who has excelled in her first 18 months in post working on the Surgical Triage Unit at North Manchester Care Organisation.

Shelby is keen to learn and is active in her safeguarding link nurse role, attending study days and sharing learning with the team. She is now providing peer support to newly qualified and overseas nurses in the early stages of their professional career.

Shelby was in the unfortunate position of having to attend a coroner’s inquest at an early stage in her career. Whilst understandably apprehensive she handled the experience exceptionally well and in a professional manner. Shelby showed empathy and compassion, and this was acknowledged by the coroner and family during the hearing. Shelby was a true ambassador for the NCA and for the nursing profession in general.

Shelby is reliable and conscientious and is highly thought of by the whole team on the Surgical Triage Unit. She has made an outstanding contribution to the unit.

Karen Clough – Saving Babies Lives Midwife – Gold Midwifery Winner

Karen is our saving babies’ lives midwife. She is fantastic, the height of professionalism and has positively impacted on so many women by the work she has driven in the organisation.  

Karen has been a midwife for many years and really is one of our unsung heroes and a true leader, who just gets on with her job, gives solutions not problems and always has a smile on her face.

I don’t think you could find anyone in the group who has a bad word to say about her.

Vimbai Carr – Silver Midwifery Winner

Vimbai recently completed preceptorship, upholds NCA values and all elements of the NMC code by supporting all areas of North Manchester Maternity Services.

Vimbai has a special interest in FGM and in September is to commence her Masters, looking at FGM in maternity services.


Nursing award

  • Jennie Curran, Unit Manager – Wolstenholme Unit - Rochdale
  • Chloe Phillips, RN Adult Community Services – Rochdale
  • Pam Town, Lead Nurse – Bury
  • Yvonne Lumb, Ward Manager – Bury & Rochdale
  • Julie Winterbottom, Lead Nurse – AED – Oldham
  • Julie Mills, Lead Nurse – General Surgery - Oldham
  • Sarah Mayberry, Staff Nurse – F11 - Oldham
  • Bethany Kemp – F1 – Oldham
  • Nicola Taylor – Paediatrics – Oldham
  • Heidi Mullen, Infectious Diseases Ward – North Manchester
  • Kelly Nealon Marsh : Ward Manager Children’s Ward – North Manchester
  • Sister Jackie Conway – Ward D6 - North Manchester
  • Shelby Greyson – STU - North Manchester
  • Asma Begum - Staff Nurse Neonatal Unit – North Manchester
  • Jenny Simkiss, Acute Medical Unit - North Manchester
  • Amanda Hobson – Lead Nurse, Community – Salford
  • Robbie Atkinson, ASU – Salford
  • Emma Hayes – Salford
  • Maisie Rogers, Ward H4 – Salford
  • Rachel Briggs – EAU – Salford
  • Samantha Rose (Walkden) – Salford, Community
  • Jessica Smid (Swinton) – Salford, Community
  • Megan Brinkman (Irlam) – Salford, Community
  • Gemma Dunbar(Lanceburn) – Salford, Community
  • Grace Washington(Eccles) – Salford, Community
  • Jade Longson (Broughton) – Salford, Community

Midwifery award

  • Karen Clough – Saving Babies Lives Midwife
  • Harriet Glen
  • Helena Spencer
  • Ceris Burke – Labour Ward
  • Linnhe Bratt
  • Vimbai Carr
  • Nicola Andrews