DEDICATED and determined Pauline Wallace sums up exactly what the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards are all about.
The 48-year-old mum has worked her way up from healthcare assistant to associate practitioner despite having left school without any qualifications.
Proud chemotherapy team colleagues on Ward 11 at the University Hospital of Hartlepool have now put her forward for a health award for her drive and enthusiasm.
Pauline fundraises every year for the chemotherapy day unit she works on and recently she and colleague Joanne Thomson had their heads shaved to raise cash.
In nominating her in the Nurse of the Year category, her colleagues wrote: “Pauline left school without any qualifications and then raised her family.
“She started working 13 years ago as a healthcare assistant and then studied NVQ2 then NVQ3 and got a job in the chemotherapy unit. For the last two years she has studied to degree level as an associate practitioner.
“Pauline is an excellent nurse and shows determination and dedication. We are proud of what she has achieved.
“We want to nominate her as our way of saying how proud we are and to thank her for being the fantastic nurse that she is and for being part of our team.”
The Mail teamed up with NHS Hartlepool and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to honour health workers at all levels including doctors, nurses, GP and dental practices, opticians, hospital teams, community workers, carers and those with long service.
For the last month we have been inviting nominations and they have been flooding in.
Today is the last chance for you to get involved if you haven’t already. If you know someone special then fill in a nomination form and get them the credit they deserve. We don’t want anyone to miss out.
Let us know about that special health worker who has made a difference to your life or that of your friends and family.
Forms, like the one printed above, can be cut out of the Mail and sent to us or can be downloaded at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.
The deadline is tomorrow but we will take late entries throughout next week.
The awards will culminate in a black-tie summer presentation evening at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, on June 22.
Anyone wanting more information about the awards should contact the Mail’s head of news, Paul Watson, on (01429) 239361 or email email@example.com.