A specialist respiratory team have been recognised for their role in setting up a training programme for staff in response to COVID-19.
The team of respiratory nurses, consultants and physiotherapists worked together to flexibly provide training for colleagues across the organisation. This helped the wards to be competent in using non-invasive ventilation on respiratory patients during the pandemic.
The team shifted from their day to day roles to supporting the treatment of coronavirus cases, while overcoming some challenges, solving even the most complex cases.
The team led the organisation of ventilators, oxygen therapy and patient treatment plans.
By communication and collaborating, attending regular meetings to gain insight into the fast moving situation, the respiratory team stepped up during a time of increased pressure.
Chief executive Julie Gillon said: “You have worked through, and continue to work through such time of change. Your contribution to our ambitions during the height of the pandemic was absolutely invaluable.
“You all demonstrated what it meant to be a true professional, to be a North Tees and Hartlepool colleague. Your calm, resolve and capacity to move at pace contributed to your nomination, well done!”
The team were nominated by clinical specialist respiratory physiotherapist Caroline Fernandes-James and were presented with their award by deputy people officer Gary Wright.