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Posted: 09/06/23

Nikki makes the shortlist for hospital’s Excellence Awards

West Nottinghamshire College’s assistant principal for health, education and service industries, Nikki Slack, has been nominated for a Community Hero accolade in Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust’s 2023 Excellence Awards.

Nikki feels privileged to have been nominated for a Community Hero award at the hospital's Excellence Awards

The awards, being held on Wednesday 5 July, will coincide with the NHS’ 75th birthday and will celebrate individuals, teams and volunteers working in clinical and non-clinical roles across the Trust’s King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Community Hospital and Newark Hospital sites. 

They will also celebrate the outstanding contribution made by partners and members of the community who provide invaluable support to the Trust.

The Community Heroes category acknowledges people living and working within the local community who help to make a positive difference and Nikki has been shortlisted for being instrumental in the delivery of Trainee Nursing Associates – a programme which brought 50 new employees to the Trust.

Nikki is also an Appointed Governor for the Trust and contributes to the work it does across health and education for the benefit of the communities.

Joining Nikki in being shortlisted for the Community Heroes award is Clare Harris, who runs the Emily Harris Foundation. Clare has been shortlisted for raising more than £250,000 for the Neonatal Unit at King’s Mill Hospital since 2008.

Gilly Hagen, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, has also been nominated for this award for her work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in helping to establish a community transport scheme that supported people to collect medications and get to appointments during lockdown.

Nikki said: “I feel very privileged to have been nominated for this award. The success of the partnership between West Nottinghamshire College, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and Nottingham Trent University continues to thrive, with new and exciting initiatives in the pipeline across health and education, which will continue to benefit our students and communities.”

The college’s principal and chief executive, Andrew Cropley, said: “I’m delighted for Nikki that she has been nominated for this award in recognition of her work in leading our brilliant partnership with the hospital, which will benefit them, the college and all of the communities that we both serve. We are very proud of her.”

Paul Robinson, chief executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, said of the nominees: “What a fantastic bunch of individuals who have really shown their dedication to the Trust and our patients by going above and beyond in all that they do. It’s not hard to see why we were once again voted the best Trust to receive care and to work for in the Midlands.”

Nearly 500 nominations were received across 19 categories for the Trust’s staff and volunteers who go above and beyond. The aim of the awards is to shine a light on the amazing commitment that these individuals and teams make to Sherwood Forest Hospitals and the positive impact they have on services, patients, visitors and colleagues.