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The Chase Star Paul Sinha Celebrates Local NHS Staff

Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing, award winner Donna George, Phlebotomy Manager and Paul Sinha, Comedian
Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing, award winner Donna George, Phlebotomy Manager and Paul Sinha, Comedian

05 July 2019

Comedian and quizzer Paul Sinha has helped to recognise the ‘best the National Health Service has to offer’ as part of a recent awards ceremony.

Paul, who is also a trained medical doctor, was the guest speaker at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s latest Celebration of Achievement Awards.

The sponsored event, held at Crewe Hall, recognises local NHS employees who regularly go above and beyond to help improve the quality, safety and experience of patient care.

Around 250 members of staff from Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, as well as those who work in the community for Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), attended the ceremony on Thursday 27 June.

Paul treated the audience to a stand-up set about personal and NHS experiences before helping to hand out awards with Mid Cheshire Hospitals’ executive team.

He said: "As an ex-NHS employee, it's always an honour and a privilege to award the best that the National Health Service has to offer.

"To all the winners, congratulations. It's great that your hard work and dedication has been rewarded."

The evening’s winners included Lucy Grant, Sepsis Specialist Nurse, who was recognised for the bravery and courage she showed when she provided CPR to a passenger who suffered a cardiac arrest during a flight to Ibiza.

Phlebotomy Manager Donna George was also recognised for introducing a bespoke phlebotomy clinic for patients with a learning disability.

Paul Sinha delivering his stand-up set to staff at the annual awards ceremony
Paul Sinha delivering his stand-up set to staff at the annual awards ceremony

The full list of the night’s winners is:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Andy Billington
  • MCH Charity Award: Sue Palin
  • Apprentice of the Year: Kirsty Addison (sponsored by Liaison)
  • Health and Wellbeing Award: Amanda Cartmill
  • Outstanding Contribution to Patient Service and Care: Donna George
  • Outstanding Contribution to Quality and Safety: Emma Woolley (sponsored by Hill Dickinson)
  • Leadership Award: Denise Tokely-McNicholas
  • Outstanding Contribution to Personal Development: Tom Stock (sponsored by the University of Chester)
  • Employee of the Year: Lucy Grant
  • Team of the Year: Rapid Response Service
  • The Chairman’s Award: Chris Ralphs
  • Public Choice Award: CCICP Diabetes Specialist Team.


The evening was made possible thanks to a number of sponsors and the support of community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM. It was also an opportunity to fundraise for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity – a raffle on the night raised more than £600.

Dennis Dunn, Chairman of Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “These awards are a chance to celebrate the skill, knowledge and dedication that Mid Cheshire Hospitals staff show day in, day out to improve services and experiences for the local population.

“Congratulations once again to all of our winners, and to everyone who was nominated for an award.”