Congratulations to Ward Manager Itohan Ibude and Fetal Medicine Midwife Sue Percival, for being awarded prestigious Chief Nursing Officer awards by NHS England’s Chief Nurse, Ruth May, at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL).
The new NHS England Chief Nursing Officer Awards recognise individuals who have excelled and gone above and beyond the normal expectations of their roles.
Sue Percieval was nominated by Giuseppe Labriola, Head of Midwifery at UHL, for going the extra mile by supporting women and their families, through a difficult and emotive period in their lives and providing support alongside the bereavement team.
Giuseppe’s nomination stated: “I remembered a story that a couple told me when they met Sue. They knew that their baby was born with a syndrome that was incompatible with life, after the birth of their baby on the labour ward Sue encouraged them to take out their baby in a pram, in the nearby park, to get out of the bereavement room and experience a happy moment. The family now spend regularly time in this park as it reminds them of their child.
“Regular thank you cards are sent to Sue, women also come in to thank her, staff think that the work she does is amazing,”
Itohan Ibude was nominated by Jackie Taylor, Patient Experience for putting many initiatives in place since becoming a ward manager on Chestnut ward, leading to improved teamwork and having a positive impact on patients’ experience.
Jackie said: “Itohan has made a real difference to Chestnut ward with many initiatives. These include bringing breakfast service forward by half an hour to minimise the gap after patients commented on the length of time between the evening meal and breakfast the following day. She’s also worked with pharmacy to create a dispensary on the ward, reducing delays in the time taken to receive medication on discharge.
“Itohan is a real credit to the Trust, I asked her why she’d been working Sundays, and she said that it didn’t feel like work when you love the job so much.”
Angela Helleur, Chief Nurse said: "We were honoured to have Ruth May visit the Trust and show case all the good work we have been doing here on nursing and maternity. I am extremely proud of Itohan and Sue for their hard work and dedication they have shown to our organisation and delighted there have been given this prestigious recognition"
Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer said: “I would like to thank and congratulate Itohan Ibude and Sue Percival on receiving these awards. Both have made outstanding contributions to their profession and it is important that we take time to celebrate this achievement.”
Chief Nurse Angela Helleur and Fetal Medicine, Midwife, Sue Percival Ward Manager, Itohan Ibude and Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer.