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Healthcare Hero Finalist
The head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services at Newham University Hospital, was the lucky winner of a brand new Renault Megane worth 20,000, after scooping the Healthcare Hero Award at the HEAL Awards hosted by 24/7 Media Group.

Yunus Dudhwala gave an almost tearful gratitude to both friends and family, as well as thanking 24/7 Media Group and Health Sector, on being crowned the winner of the award which recognises the NHS employee of the year voted by both colleagues and members of the public.

"I feel extremely humbled", he later said. Amazing, amazing feeling. So many people who work in the NHS do a fantastic job and it's fantastic for them to be recognised."

University Hospital Lewisham midwife, Kathleen Johnson, and Specialist Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at West Middlesex University Hospital, Janice Scott, were the runners-up, and each won a 12-day cruise courtesy of Fred Olsen.
    1. Yunus Dudhwala
    2. Yunus Dudhwala
    3. Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services
    4. Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

      My name is Yunus Dudhwala and I am Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services and Muslim Chaplain at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust.

      I started work in the NHS at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust as a volunteer Imam / Muslim Chaplain in 1998.  After 3 months of volunteering, I was offered a part-time contract of 3.5 hours a week as the Muslim Chaplain. This increased to 7 hours a week in 2001.

      In February 2003 I applied for the full-time post of Head of Chaplaincy, and was successful and became the first person in the UK from a minority faith to lead a Chaplaincy Department in the NHS. 

      Since my appointment as Chaplain in all the different guises mentioned above, I have worked to help many patients, families and staff at very difficult and challenging times. I have worked a normal shift 9 - 5 Monday to Friday, but have always made myself available out of hours for most of my employment over the past 10 years. From patients with minor illnesses, to major illnesses and especially with patients at the time of death, I have attended as the Chaplain to try my best to enhance their experience along with their families who are as distressed or sometimes even more distressed than the patient. I have helped devise and change policies, practices and environments in the Trust to improve the experience for patient and families.

      I was invited by the College of Healthcare Chaplains in 2003 to join their National Professional Committee as their Faiths Adviser to advise the College on minority faith issues and have held this post since.

    1. Mohammed Aliu Adamu
    2. Mohammed Aliu Adamu
    3. Addiction Counsellor
    1. Rachel Overfield
    2. Rachel Overfield
    3. Chief Nurse
    1. Frank Gough
    2. Frank Gough
    3. Carpenter
    1. Karen Wilson
    2. Karen Wilson
    3. Clinical Educator
    1. Miriam Forrest
    2. Miriam Forrest
    3. Nurse
    1. Kathleen Johnson
    2. Kathleen Johnson
    3. Midwife
    1. Giancarla Forte
    2. Giancarla Forte
    3. Senior Dental Officer
    1. Phil Flanagan
    2. Phil Flanagan
    3. Healthcare Assistant
    1. Carol Byrne
    2. Carol Byrne
    3. Linen Services Manager
    1. Amanullah Brey
    2. Amanullah Brey
    3. Physiotherapist
    1. Jeannette Yeoell
    2. Jeannette Yeoell
    3. Paramedic Practitioner
    1. Linda Clapham
    2. Linda Clapham
    3. Diabetes Specialist Nurse Manager
    1. Roderick Scott
    2. Roderick Scott
    3. Ward Clerk
    1. Andrew Chikwanha
    2. Andrew Chikwanha
    3. Nurse
    1. Bernice Lloyd
    2. Bernice Lloyd
    3. Acting Head of Clinical Coding
    1. Dennis McComas
    2. Dennis McComas
    3. Senior Urology Nurse Practitioner
    1. Diane Henderson
    2. Diane Henderson
    3. Patient and Public Involvement Manager
    1. James Illingworth
    2. James Illingworth
    3. R and D Office Manager
    1. Janice Scott
    2. Janice Scott
    3. Specialist Infection Prevention and Control Nurse
Health Sector in conjunction with Renault UK is proud to present the first annual award for NHS employees :

Healthcare Hero - NHS Employee of the Year in association with Renault UK.

You know that all NHS employees work hard.

You know that all NHS employees go beyond the call of duty.

You know that all NHS employees are Healthcare Heroes.

This is an award that recognises the achievement of ALL NHS Employees across the UK. Thank you to all those that nominated, we appreciate your contribution to this award.

And now for the prize...

Your Healthcare Hero could drive away in a brand new Renault Megane ECO2 worth £20,000! And we are giving away many other prizes for the runners-up so please do not delay...

Please view the 20 finalists on the voting gallery(on the left).

Both NHS colleagues and members of the public voted for their Healthcare Hero of the year!

The Healthcare Hero - NHS Employee of the Year has been announced.

If you are having any problems or any queries then please contact Rachelle on: or telephone 020 8457 7872.
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