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Hero healthcare support worker receives Chief Nursing Officer Award

Mick hibbs with chief nurse ann-marie riley

Hero healthcare support worker receives Chief Nursing Officer Award

A healthcare support worker who works within the Emergency Department at Royal Stoke University Hospital has been honoured with the prestigious NHS England Chief Nursing Officer Award. 

The Chief Nursing and Chief Midwifery Officers’ Award celebrates enduring compassion and recognises the vital contribution of healthcare support workers in England and their exceptional support of nursing and midwifery practice. 

Mick Hibbs, who has worked at University Hospitals for North Midlands for almost 30 years, was recognised for helping save the life of a distressed member of the public.

Mick Hibbs was on his way into work at Royal Stoke’s A&E Department when he spotted a gentleman in distress on a bridge. With the safety of the patient always being at the front of Mick’s mind, he too climbed over the bridge and made his way down to help the man who wasn’t visible to traffic passing below. Mick then supported the patient, rang for emergency aid and called on passers by to manage the traffic flow past the scene. 

Once the gentleman had been brought to hospital, Mick then got back into his car and made his way to work. 

After hearing the story, Mick was nominated for the award by Chief Nurse Ann-Marie Riley and is the first healthcare support worker at UHNM to receive this honour. 

Ann-Marie said: “This story of compassion is just amazing and we are incredibly proud of Mick for the dedication he brings to UHNM and our patients every day. I am delighted to be able to give him this prestigious award and highlight the valuable contribution healthcare support workers make to patient care.” 

After being presented with his award Mick said: "I am beyond thrilled with this award. I couldn’t do my job without the fantastic team around me, we help each other get through each day. I didn’t think twice about my actions, I would of done it for anybody.”