ECHO is working in partnership with the Cardiology team across the Evelina London and its network hospitals to celebrate the hard work of cardiac staff through the monthly ECHO Excellence Awards. We are delighted to celebrate all our awardees for going above and beyond to provide care and support for ECHO heart families.
Do you want to nominate someone?
Any member of cardiac staff within Evelina London and any of its network hospitals can be nominated, by both families and colleagues. This could be administrators, porters, physiologists, therapists, nurses and doctors – any member of staff who has gone above and beyond to support heart families.
All you need to do is let us know why you are nominating them, and every month ECHO and the senior cardiology staff will select 4 winners who will each receive their own ECHO Excellence Award enamel pin for their lanyard, a certificate and a gift voucher, plus celebrations on social media and in our e-newsletter.
Where do I start? Maya has been an absolutely incredible support to me and my family. She goes above and beyond to help me and my daughter even with issues that aren’t relating to her area of expertise. She is an amazing person and an absolute credit to the Evelina – Parent
From Maya: “As a speech and language therapist I have the privilege of working with families to support their baby / child’s oral feeding, at any point along their cardiac journey. I love my job and enjoy working with families and colleagues to maximise children’s potential. This award was an unexpected and very appreciated surprise! Thank you ECHO Community.”
Senior Staff Nurse, Evelina London
Sophie is such a great leader and always supports us whether she is nurse in charge on the shift or not. She is always willing to teach and support you if you need help and overall boosts staff moral by checking up on us throughout the day. She is very knowledgeable and such an asset to the team. – Colleague
From Sophie: “I am proud to work amongst an incredible team of hard working and caring nurses and doctors on Sky Cardiology Ward, where we care for acutely unwell children. I am honoured to receive this award it’s a lovely surprise!”
Hannah Bellsham Revell
“Hannah is amazing! She makes us feel relaxed at my daughter’s appointments and if we have any questions, even if we’re at home, Hannah goes out of her way to reassure us. Just an amazing woman.” – Parent
From Hannah: “I am one of the cardiology consultants at Evelina and run the Home Monitoring Programme for some of our most fragile patients. I am really honoured to have this award, as helping all families out and following through their journey, whatever it brings is very rewarding and there is always something to learn.”
In March 2021, we sent a special farewell and good luck to outreach nurse Patricia Kenney as she looked forward to her retirement.
Trish has supported so many ECHO heart families throughout her 43 working in the NHS, 38 of which was spent at the Evelina London. She has been instrumental in developing the role of Cardiac Nurse Specialist (CNS) and in particular she helped to develop the Rapid Access Service which is hugely successful. We want to thank Trish for her hard work, care and the difference she has made to the lives of children, young people and their families.
We wish her all the best in her retirement, she will be dearly missed but not forgotten by her colleagues and those she has cared for. Thank you!
March 2021 winners
PA to Dr Bell, Paediatric Cardiology
Marian is meticulous in her work on all levels. She goes out of her way to reassure families that the children are safe and in the best possible hands and never forgotten about. She is good at pulling the team together. – Colleague
From Marian: “In my role as Medical Secretary I support three of the paediatric cardiologists and have lots of interaction with all their patients on the phone and via email which I love. I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated, hard-working team, and never more so than this past year. Thank you to those who nominated me, I am really chuffed.”
Paediatric Secretary, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich
Chris is a fantastic secretary with a very clear and accurate overview of the Woolwich outreach clinic. During COVID this has been even more important to ensure the right patients are seen at the right time, and that no patients are lost. She is always available for queries which makes planning the clinic very easy. We often forget the people ‘behind the scenes’ in outreach clinics which make things tick. – Colleague
Cardiac Liaison Sister
Knowing that Catie is at the end of an email has massively helped me keep on top of the worry that comes with living with a child with HLHS. I think without Catie, I would have found it more difficult to get on with life and give my son as normal and happy an upbringing as possible. – Parent
From Catie: “Working as part of the paediatric cardiology CNS team is wonderful and our work day to day varies. I have been privileged to be a part of the lives of so many children and their parents. I have worked paediatric cardiology for the past 30 years and seen how the innovations in this field have changed the lives of so many children. Remembering the children that I have helped have helped brings a smile to my face.”
This award is wonderful and I thank all of the ECHO family.
I hope that I continue to provide the support and help that the families require for many years to come.
PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) Nurse
Harriet looked after my 6 week old daughter after her open heart surgery when she went into cardiac arrest for 50 minutes. Harriet is a brilliant nurse and a lovely lady and I am so thankful for her quick reactions and calmness in what was an extremely scary situation. She really saved our baby! – Parent
February 2021 winners
Health Care Assistant, Paediatric Cardiology
Desmarie has worked tirelessly to support the ward during COVID, particularly when many nursing staff were re-deployed to other areas. She is about to embark on her nursing training which is a massive credit to her motivation and abilities. – Colleague
From Desmarie: “Thank you for the recognition it is very much appreciated.”
Emily is an unsung hero in cardiology. She will listen to you like it is the first time you have spoken to her about a subject even if you have spoken about it a million times already. She helped us so much during our time in hospital. – Parent
From Emily: “My day to day job is varied but focuses on the acutely unwell inpatients and pre-operative outpatients. I really appreciate being nominated for this award, it is a real privilege and very unexpected. Thank you.”
Dr Vita Zidere
Consultant in Paediatric and Fetal Cardiology
Dr Zidire couldn’t have been more supportive and helpful. I was so impressed with her efficiency. I want to reiterate how much I appreciated the care of Dr Zidere, she really reassured me. – Parent
From Dr Vita Zidere: “Working as a fetal and paediatric cardiologist allows me to follow up my patients from the very beginning of their life until they are transitioned into the adulthood. This brings enormous responsibility as well as lots of pleasure and work satisfaction. The ECHO excellence award came as big but very pleasant surprise and I am very grateful to my patients who nominate me for this award.”
Ward Clerk, Cardiothoracic Services
Marcia always brightens up your day with her smile and positive attitude. She always makes me laugh and supports nurses considerably by answering the phones and passing on messages. – Colleague