Top health visitor honoured at awards

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A HEALTH visitor has been praised in an awards ceremony for being top of her game.

Sharon Lynch, from Whitburn, won the best newly-qualified category of the 2012 NHS North East Health Visiting Awards after judges described her as “a truly exceptional newly-qualified health visitor.”

They commended Mrs Lynch, who is part of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s South Tyneside East Team based at Flagg Court Primary Care Centre, South Shields, for her “professionalism in all aspects of her work, her willingness to lead and her positive approach to new challenges.”

Her colleagues emphasised that she was supportive and respected and cared deeply about her clients and who would always seek to introduce new innovations and ideas if she identified a gap in service.

The 44–year–old, who is the mother of 10-year-old twins, said: “I’m delighted to have been given this award.

“Health visiting is something I’d wanted to do for quite a long time but I waited until the children were older because I knew it would require a lot of commitment.

“I find it a very rewarding job and I really enjoy working with families.”

The lead-up to the awards ceremony began earlier this year when the public and colleagues were invited to send in their nominations for health visitors who had made a difference to their families.

There was an overwhelming response and awards were presented in the four Primary Care Trust clusters, South of Tyne and Wear, North of Tyne, County Durham and Darlington and Tees.

The winners from each area were then put forward to an expert judging panel to decide which nominees should be recognised at the regional awards ceremony, which was held at Ramside Hall, Durham.

Helen Ray, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer, clinical services, said: “We are rightly proud of our health visitors, who play a vital role in improving the health of families in the crucial first years of children’s lives.

“This latest recognition is a wonderful testament to the fantastic job they do.”

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