Latest Winner

The winner of the August 2018 You Made a Difference Award is:- Sam Emblow, Senior Staff Nurse, Complex Discharge Team

Sam’s role in the Complex Discharge Team is to help support and arrange the discharge or transfer of patients out of the hospital once their oncology treatment has been completed. She works with the other Trust Multidisciplinary Teams in providing an excellent service for our patients and their loved ones. This involves a close liaison with the numerous teams throughout the North West and often beyond.

Sam becomes closely involved when caring for patients and their families when time is short, helping them to achieve their end of life wishes or supporting them if they remain an inpatient.

As a Manager I am not surprised that she should receive this award. Sam gives 110% to her patients and their families, pulling together ‘all the threads’ to ensure that her patients are fully supported in the community or other healthcare settings.

Over the years her knowledge and clear thinking has been invaluable when the team have had to make changes and adaptions to the service we provide for our patients. We have had to take on numerous, often complex, new roles to meet changes in the NHS and the community teams to ensure our patients receive the care they require once they leave us. Sam has had a pivotal role in making these changes happen. She has been a crucial part of the Complex Discharge Team, for over 16 years.

Sam is a very family orientated person and loves spending time with them all. She also enjoys some well-earned ‘me time’ with her close friends when her family commitments allow.

Christopher Smith, Manager

A young Sarcoma patient was due to be discharged to a bungalow which she has been waiting to move into for last six months. At the last minute the company providing live-in carers withdrew the package of care. Sam has worked hard to identify carer support to allow the patient to be discharged to her preferred place of care.

Sam came in on her day off to take this patient out for the day as her nurse escort, to a nature reserve, having organised ambulance support. This is the first time the patient had been outside for many weeks.

I know the patient herself has greatly appreciated Sam's care and I feel she has gone the extra mile to try and meet the patient’s wishes in her last weeks/months of life.

Laura Horsley, Colleague

She went above and beyond for a young patient on Ward 11 with Sarcoma (arranged a birthday party, facilitated a special trip out for the day to an animal sanctuary (patient loved foxes) and enabled the patient to be discharged home to her preferred place of care despite numerous challenges with carers.

Helen Morgan, Colleague

Previous winners

June 2018 You Made a Difference Award was Dr Richard Welch, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

April 2018 You Made a Difference Award was Nicola 'Nikki' Doherty, Sister, OCCU

March 2018 Made a Difference Award winner was Linda Roberts

February 2018 You Made a Difference Award winner was The Finance Team

January 2018 You Made a Difference Award winner was Colin Hindley

December 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Amy Blackburn

November 2017 You Made a Difference Award winners were the Cardiac Arrest Team

October 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Adrian Ellison

September 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Dr Gajanan & Dr Mowatt

August 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Alison Musson

July 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tony McKenzie

June 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Lois Deslandes

May 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was the Informatics Team

April 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Ward 1

March 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was The Palatine Treatment Centre

February 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Jade Hilton

January 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tobias Percival

December 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Natalie Halson

November 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Julie Kielty

October 2016 You Made a Difference Award was winner Emma Widdowson

September 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Dr Anna Castleton

August 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Heather Darlington

July 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Sarah Welby

June 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tina Cox

May 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Gail Naulty