Dr Emma Worrell, who lives in Crowborough and works at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, has been shortlisted as Clinical Support Worker of the Year.
Emma is leading a national research study looking into comfort for people using an artificial eye. She was concerned that no modern literature existed on the quality of life for patients after they lose an eye, or adapting to monocular vision (where both eyes are used separately). The most commonly referenced book was devised in 1972. The results of the study she is leading will be published and used to develop best practice, update patient information sheets and improve cleaning protocols across the health sector. Last year it was featured on Radio 4’s Inside Health programme.
The awards, run by Skills for Health, celebrate the significant contribution clinical support workers make in the delivery of high-quality healthcare across the UK.
With over 30 years’ experience within the maxillofacial prosthetics field, alongside her clinical work, Emma has always had a keen interest in research. She said:
Our work on prosthetic eyes is very much a team effort; I am lucky enough to work with an expert and enthusiastic team of prosthetists. Queen Victoria Hospital does amazing work rebuilding people’s lives and I am proud to play my part in that.
Commenting on her shortlisting Steve Jenkin, Chief Executive at Queen Victoria Hospital, said:
She is passionate about her work and making a difference. The patients she works with have often had traumatic, life changing events and her calm and caring manner are central to the bond she builds and the trust she inspires.
Last year Emma was awarded a ‘Rising Star Award’ for the region.
Click on the following link to read about the other people up for an award and cast your vote: Our Health Heroes Awards. Voting closes on Friday 11th October.