Celebrating our NHS Heroes

NHS Heroes is a nationwide recognition scheme for all staff in the NHS community. It was launched on 5 July and ran until mid-September. Under the scheme members of the public could nominate a member of staff who they felt had gone the extra mile to provide exceptional care.

In this section of the website, we will be recognising the staff who have been named as NHS Heroes .


Lorraine Hughes, Senior Midwife

Lorraine Hughes, NHS Hero







Lorraine Hughes, Senior Midwife, receives her NHS Hero award from Interim Chief Executive, Stephen Eames

Lorraine was nominated by a patient for her support and reassurance in the final weeks of her pregnancy.  She was described as one of the most wonderful people they had ever met and said she was very grateful for everything Lorraine did in making sure she stayed positive and received the extra care she needed.


Liz Lynagh, Health Visitor

Liz Lynagh, Health Visitor, is presented with her NHS Hero award by Jules Preson MBE










Liz Lynagh, Health Visitor, receives her NHS Hero award from Jules Preston MBE, Trust Chairman

Liz was nominated by a patient who said she helped her through the best but most difficult time of her life. She described Liz as her rock and the nomination said she provided her family with a fantastic level of support offering sensible and practical advice, helping her to adjust to her daughter’s condition and the reality of living with it.


Tao Carey, Midwife

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Tao receives her NHS Heroes award from Jules Preston MBE, Chairman

Tao is a very caring, sensitive and very dedicated and selfless worker. She often works more than her allocated hours and always puts the women’s needs first despite an increasingly demanding working environment. Some women value the care that she gave them so much, they have called their daughters after her. Testimony indeed.


Heather Angilley, Paediatric Physiotherapist

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Heather Angilley receives her award from Interim Chief Executive, Stephen Eames, surrounded by colleagues

Heather Angilley has helped to improve the lives of children and young adults living with DCD Developmental Co-ordination Disorder by trying to implement 'Fit to learn' in our local schools so that children get the early intervention that they need to improve their everyday quality of life. She also helps to run 'All Stars' a fitness based social group for youngsters with co-ordination difficulties. The person that nominated her said "She has made a huge difference to my sons life and for that I will be forever grateful...she is one in a million & a fountain of knowledge & nothing is too much trouble for her."


Dr Heinz Schulenburg - Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for patients with Learning Disabilities

Jules presents Heinz with his award











Dr Heinz Schulenburg being presented with his NHS Heroes certificate by Trust Chair, Jules Preston MBE.

Dr Heinz Schulenburg is a Consultant Anaesthetist but also the clinical lead for patients with Learning Disabilities. He has a charming, caring attitude, and is driven and enthusiastic. in regards to his role as clinical lead for patients with learning disabilities. He has previously cancelled annual leave to make sure surgical procedures go ahead and has on many occasions met with patients in the car park to escort them to theatre.


Fran Lofthouse - Healthcare Assistant on Ward 44, Pinderfields Hospital

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Fran Lofthouse, Healthcare Assistant, being presented with her NHS Heroes award by Stephen Eames, Interim Chief Executive, with colleagues from Ward 44

Fran Lofthouse is a member of the Trust's very busy Gastro team, and is a very caring, compassionate, hard working member of staff. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Fran and she bends over backwards to help both staff and patients.  Fran provides an exceptional level of care and always gives 100%. Nothing is ever too much trouble, no matter how difficult a shift might be. The one thing that Fran always brings to work is a SMILE. Congratulations Fran!


Helen Chadwick and Martin West - Design and Print Department

Martin West and Helen Chadwick in the Design and Print Department










Martin West, Graphic Designer (left) and Helen Chadwick, Studio Manager, being presented with their NHS Heroes award by Stephen Eames, Interim Chief Executive (centre)

Studio Manager, Helen Chadwick and Graphic Designer, Martin West, work in the Trust’s busy Design and Print Department. Despite working under incredible pressure and in a small team, they unfailingly provided a first class service. They clearly understand how important it is for the Trust to provide a professional service. They always go the extra mile and consistently produce great work. They are a real asset to the NHS and enhance communication with the public and Trust staff. Congratulations Helen and Martin!

James Carr - Volunteer Guide at Dewsbury and District Hospital

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James Carr (left) being presented with his NHS Heroes award by Stephen Eames, Interim Chief Executive

James Carr has been a volunteer guide for five years. A visit to hospital can be stressful to either a visitor or patient or James recognises this. He consistently goes that extra mile to reduce the stress. James has a instinctive ability to identify those who need his help as they come through the main hospital door, and he proactively reaches out to them. He is totally focused on providing them with accurate directions and or organising help as necessary for his customers. People visibly relax as James takes charge. He sets a great example and is a role model for everyone. Not bad for a true gentleman in his 80s. Congratulations James.