BEST OF HEALTH AWARDS: ‘My amazing mum is a health hero’

Cath Siddle who has been nominated for the long service title in Best of Health awards pictured with daughter Louisa who nominated her.
Cath Siddle who has been nominated for the long service title in Best of Health awards pictured with daughter Louisa who nominated her.

PROUD daughter Louisa Siddle is in awe of her mum Cath’s achievements in the health service.

More than 30 years as a health professional has seen Cath Siddle, now 57, rise from the ranks of nursing cadet to deputy director of nursing at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

It is a fantastic achievement for the Hutton Henry mum-of-four whose success inspired Louisa, 22, to not only follow her mum into the same profession – as a student nurse – but also to nominate her for the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health awards.

Louisa told us, after nominating mum for the long-term achievement category of the awards: “She is a beautiful person inside and out with the kindest of hearts and I can think of no one more deserving of this award and recognition than her.”

In fact, Cath’s example is being followed by two of her other children. Son Stephen, 34, is a mental health nurse and daughter Julia, 20, is a student nurse. Son Jack, 20, is on a pre-apprenticeship and hopes to move towards a career in construction.

Cath’s husband Graham, 50, also works for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as a senior nurse.

But Cath was much more of a reluctant health hero after hearing of her nomination. “It is lovely but I am not a gong girl,” she said.

“I do it because I absolutely love the job that I do.”

Cath’s is the ultimate story of a dedicated health professional rising through the ranks.

Louisa said: “She worked her way up from nurse cadet at the age of 17 to become the current Deputy Director of Nursing at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust.

“As a previous health care apprentice and a current third year student nurse, I have spent five years working within Hartlepool hospital.

“I have had the pleasure of hearing my follow health care professionals speak of my mother with the highest regards. The respect and love she has from her colleagues, both front line staff and senior nurses, is unbelievable.

“It makes me so proud to be her daughter and future registered nurse. She has dedicated her life and career to the National Health Service and the patients within it.”

It could not be easier for people to nominate their favourites from all sections of the health system.

Fill in the form HERE

Entries will be taken in the following categories:

GP of the Year;

GP Practice of the Year;

Dentist of the Year;

Nurse of the Year;

Team of the Year;

Optometrist of the Year;

Pharmacist of the Year;

Carer of the Year;

Midwife of the Year;

Receptionist of the Year;

Long Term Achievement;

Health Care Apprentice/Student.

Judges are looking for evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services and/or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

The nomination forms will also be made available in reception areas, waiting rooms and other general areas over the next few weeks.

Send your completed forms to Lynn Wild, Echo House, Sunderland, SR4 9ER. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 6, and nominations can be made by members of the public or colleagues.