Oldham's success at Unsung Hero Awards

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 22 March 2019

A hard-working NHS manager has won a national honour to recognise her contribution to the Health Service.

Vicki Elcock, head of Oldham adult services, was crowned leader of the year for corporate functionsat the Unsung Hero Awards.

She received the accolade at a glitzy gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.

Unsung Hero Awards founder Don Tomlinson said: "Our fifth annual event was our biggest and best yet and we were able to honour some brilliant, inspiring members of NHS staff and volunteers for the amazing work they have done.

"Everyone who won an award - and all those shortlisted - show each and every day the qualities and excellence which make our Health Service the best in the world.

"It has been an honour to be able to shine some light on the great contributions they have made."

Vicki has been working to bring together health and social care services, improve quality and overcome the increasing pressures faced by Oldham's urgent care services.

Pennine NHS Trust managing director of health and adult social care community services, Mark Warren, was behind Vicki's nomination. 

He highlighted her caring nature and patient-focused approach as key to her on-going success.

Mark said: "Vicki has demonstrated an awe-inspiring ability to negotiate and bridge cultural divides and develop a harmonious team that can work together for the benefit of patients.

“Vicki is one of the most supportive colleagues I have ever had the pleasure to work with and she is also admired by colleagues from various partner organisations; everyone I speak to holds her in such high esteem. She is an absolute asset and will go far!”

The awards honour non-clinical NHS staff and volunteers and winners were selected following an intensive judging process.

NHS leaders, experts and influential figures from the Health Service were among those on a panel which assessed hundreds of nominations from across the country.

Plans are already under way for the Unsung Hero Awards 2020 - check unsungheroawards.com and social media for updates throughout the coming months.

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