The Only National Awards For Non-Medical / Non-Clinical NHS Staff & Volunteers


Award Category:

Volunteer of the year

Individual or Team Nomination?


Qualifying Qualities

In these challenging times, nominators were asked to show how the nominee had demonstrated the following qualities:

  • Exceptional work ethic - going above and beyond their job description, especially in the past 12 months.
  • Outstanding achievement/s in work or outside of the organisation where relevant.
  • Drive for innovation and proactive leadership in these challenging times.
  • High level of interpersonal skills, such as kindness, empathy, loyalty and thoughtfulness to staff and patients.
  • A resilience considering Covid to their role and to the health and wellbeing of their colleagues.

Nominators Answer

Nominee's story :

Nigel has been a volunteer for SWASFT since 2010 and since then He has been instrumental in saving the lives of numerous patients. He supports the SWASFT CFR scheme by booking on around 10 hours every day that is an outstanding 40,000 hours serving his community. Even when Nigel is not on duty you will often find him helping out somewhere within the trust, including the restart a heart campaign or helping out with raising awareness of the role of the CFR. Nigel's commitment to the trust is beyond words, he is well liked by both his CFR peers and ambulance crews alike, he has received many plaudits from all walks of life but all with one theme and that is how Nigel made the difference. Nigel was nominated and was a finalist in the National Who Cares Wins campaign to find the Volunteer of the Year 2017. This campaign was run by The Sun newspaper and Nigel attended a presentation in London, where he met and chatted to many people including the CEO of the NHS Simon Stevens. Nigel never wants recognition for what he does, and if you ask him he will tell you he does it because he enjoys doing it. Personally Nigel has been of great help to me as his responder officer, and I believe he goes above an beyond and nothing is too much trouble. Recently a crew emailed me wanting to thank Nigel, he attended a cardiac arrest, when they arrived they could not believe what they saw, not only had Nigel arrived, applied the Defibrillator and given the first shock, but the patient was sat up talking to him, and from this made a complete recovery, all this down to Nigel and his professional calm, educated approach. Nigel used to work for the fire service and retired a few years ago, if I am truthful he may have retired from his paid job but he never retired, he dedicates his life to his community. Nigel has been the pilot for many aspects of the CFR scheme in the South West, he was the first to trial a new patient handling device to offer additional support to apparent non injury fallers. As the only individual in the Modbury area which is very rural, the Trust often asked Nigel to respond far out of his community to help and he has some responses of up to 30 miles to render assistance where he was able to help these patients safely mobilise. In over 80% of cases during his trial no further medical intervention was required and the patients remained safely at home. Nigel is a true lifesaver, recently described as the "gold standard volunteer" there is no better accolade to hear about one of your own team. Please consider Nigel for an award, he deserves so much more than he get recognition for.
Rating: 9.0/10. From 1 vote.
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