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Trust healthcare worker nominated for national award

6th April 2023

Mary McElroy who has been nominated for an Our Health Hero award in the Operational Support Worker of the Year category for being an “integral cog in the community integrated care team” by her colleagues,
Vote for Mary here

A Southern Health and Social Care Trust healthcare worker has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

Administrative Staff member Mary McElroy is in the running to scoop the prize in the Operational Support Worker of the Year award category at the upcoming Our Health Heroes Awards, delivered by Skills for Health.

Described as “an integral cog in the community integrated care team” by her colleagues, Mary’s wealth of knowledge is unparalleled and “she often has the answer to the question before you even know you need it and is always two steps ahead”.

Integrated Care Teams (ICTs) bring together Community Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers and more, to work as one and serve the local area. Mary plays a vital role in ensuring that all staff can do their jobs and ensure that service users receive the best possible care.

Mary is constantly making process improvements within the team and has invested a significant amount of time in training Social Work staff. Due to her work, Mary has contributed and supported the team to become one of the highest performing Adult Community Services Social Work teams in the Trust.

“In everything she does, Mary, is an excellent representative of the Trust, upholding all our core values: openness and honesty, excellence, compassion and working together,” adds Shane Fearon nominating Mary for the award..

At times the administrative roles can be undervalued, however here in Dungannon, the Social Care team all hold Mary in high regards for all she does to keep the train on the tracks and colleagues feel that she is a more than worthy candidate for nomination.”

Show your support for Mary by casting your vote here. The Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards is sponsored by Unison, NHS England, NHS Employers and more. Gold, silver and bronze Operational Support Worker of the Year Award winners will be announced at a ceremony held in London on 7th June.