Emma named South East clinical support worker of the year!

Monday 9th December 2019

Emma named South East clinical support worker of the year!

Dr Emma Worrell, Principal Maxillofacial Prosthetist at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, has been named South East clinical support worker of the year at the national Our Health Heroes awards. The awards, run by Skills for Health, celebrate the significant contribution clinical support workers make in the delivery of high-quality healthcare across the UK.

Up against strong competition from clinical staff at other hospitals in the South East, the judges were very interested in the national research study which Emma is leading for Queen Victoria Hospital, looking into comfort and outcomes for people using an artificial eye.

The hospital’s team treat around 200 patients a year who have an ocular prosthesis (artificial eye), and Emma’s study has gained feedback from 1,185 people across the country through a partnership with 40 hospitals. The results will be published and used to develop best practice, update patient information sheets and improve cleaning protocols across the health sector.

She received her award from Dr Dawn Harper, the leading media medic best known for her work on Channel 4’s award winning ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and ‘Born Naughty?’

Commenting on her award win Emma said: “I’m overwhelmed to have been named the South East clinical support worker of the year. Our work on prosthetic eyes is very much a team effort and I am lucky enough to work with an expert and enthusiastic team of prosthetists. Queen Victoria Hospital does amazing work rebuilding people’s lives and I am proud to play my part in that.”

Steve Jenkin, chief executive at Queen Victoria Hospital, said: “Congratulations to Emma for her thoroughly deserved win. She is passionate about her work and making a difference and we’re delighted she has been recognised with this award.”

Pictured: TV medic Dr Dawn Harper presents Dr Emma Worrell with her award

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