2022 Pulse Award winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 Pulse Awards

Following over 750 nominations and 8,000 votes (our highest ever), we’re pleased to announce our winners of the 2022 Pulse Awards.

The extraordinary compassionate care shown by our winners and their commitment to improving and enhancing the lives of their patients is truly inspiring.

We look forward to welcoming our winners to their exclusive awards event at The Savoy Hotel in February to celebrate their achievements.

Nurse, midwife, ODP and HCA winners

Nurse of the Year

Paulito Castino

Originally from the Philippines, intensive care nurse, aspiring vlogger (with over 11k subscribers!), and adventurer Paulito, has been nursing for over 21 years in the UK. He’s generous, kind-hearted, and loves helping people. For him, the most rewarding part of the job is nursing his patients back to health and seeing them transition from being critically ill to on the path to recovery. As well as saving patients’ lives, he regularly volunteers with community projects with his local church.  

Midwife of the Year

Nazia Abidin

Bookworm and netballer, Nazia, remembers starting her midwifery degree as a petrified 18yearold and qualified in 2001. She’s now an invaluable asset to the teams she works with and a loyal Pulse worker who regularly receives glowing feedback from her colleagues. She predominately works on the labour ward and loves the pace, excitement, and unpredictability it can bring.

ODP of the Year

Denise Bradley

Denise has worked full-time in the profession for over 41 years, witnessed and participated in the making of preoperative history, and played a part in the evolution of anaesthesia and surgery. She’s known for bringing her heart to work and smiling through every shift to reassure patients and encourage staff to feel positive and supported. She’s part of a big theatre family, stretching from Essex to the East Midlands, and takes pleasure in nurturing her team. At age 50, Denise took up scuba diving and has impressively iceclimbed waterfalls in Norway and been on the world’s fastest zip line.

Support Star of the Year

Ifeyinwa Nwoha

Senior healthcare assistant Ifeyinwa was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to the UK in her early twenties. Helping people has always been in her heart, and she started her career in healthcare in 2015. She was one of the first healthcare professionals to support the Nightingale hospital set up during Covid-19, and she is known for her reliability and flexibility. Although challenging at times, her passion for helping the most vulnerable is her primary motivator. She loves the unpredictability of the role and that she can make a difference in ways few people get the chance to.  

Rising Star Award

Georgia Austick

Georgia’s peers feel extremely lucky to have worked alongside her in the vaccination bank at CUH. Here she demonstrated that she is hardworking, extremely flexible, capable of being in charge and most importantly so very kind and compassionate with patients who she always puts first. Georgia has been in the healthcare industry for the past five years. Her passion for nursing stemmed from a five-year career in the makeup industry where she helped ladies undergoing chemotherapy through the art of makeup. Georgia fell in love with nursing because she knew it would allow her to make a positive difference in the lives of others every day.  

Always By Your Side Award

Jupano Sali

Jupano, lovingly referred to as JJ, has worked for Pulse for many years. JJ is not only passionate about providing the best care for his patients but is also passionate about looking after his colleagues at work. He has a vast knowledge base and always passes on his skills and knowledge through helping and mentoring his fellow team and new staff on the floor. Throughout the pandemic, JJ gave everything through such a difficult and traumatic time. He supported not only in a practical way, but he listened, he empathised, and he always managed to get others through. JJ’s passion and charisma brought some very light relief in an exhausting environment. 

Putting People First Award

Louise Barrett

Since qualifying as a children’s nurse in 2011, Louise has worked clinically and managerially, in a range of settings. She is extremely passionate about highquality nursing care, which was recognised when she was a finalist in the Nursing Standard Patient Choice awards for her commitment to her work. To share her passion and enthusiasm with future nurses, Louise works part time for Pulse and part time as a lecturer in Children’s Nursing at Kingston University. Louise has been nominated for the Putting People First award because of her unrelenting compassion, care and skill. She receives exceptional feedback from patients and their families, as well as her department who describe her level of care as outstanding and someone who consistently goes above and beyond.   

Driven By Excellence Award

Angel Casano

Registered nurse and family man, Angel, grew up surrounded by healthcare professionals, where his interest in the medical field flourished. He’s been specialising in ICU for over 20 years and previously worked at Medical City, one of Manila’s largest territory hospitals. Committed to broadening his knowledge and expertise in the profession, Angel also enrolled in a post-graduate ICU course at the University of Southampton and said there is nothing more rewarding than saving lives and seeing patients recover. He loves experiencing new cultures; he has been to more than 22 countries across Europe, Asia, and the US. Angel is known to be one of the most reliable and knowledgeable nurses on the job and sets an example on a daily basis providing exceptional care for patients.  

Psychiatry, psychological therapies and allied health winners

Psychiatrist of the Year

Dr Mathe

Dr Molefi Mathe is described by his peers as a wonderful psychiatrist. He has been a loyal Pulse locum for over 10 years and is a pleasure to work with’. During his career he has amassed over a decade of experience in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry field, making a significant positive impact on his patients and his colleagues who work alongside him.  

Currently working in CAMHS, Dr Mathe recently received funding to teach music production to a young person and they are now preparing to present what she has learnt from Dr Mathe in an event in February. 

Another significant achievement this year is the establishment of his Music and Mind Show at renowned Reform radio; a show where he invites mental health professionals across the board, as well as patients, to bring music to the station and discuss topical issues in the world of mental health. 

AHP of the Year

Susan Gara

‘Outstanding’ occupational therapist, Susan, has a person-centred approach to delivering care, always focusing on what matters to the patient. 

Susan always knew she wanted to be an occupational therapist, training on an in-service course and then beginning her early career in old age psychiatry and early onset dementia. Having previously worked in the army as a military policewoman, Susan felt an advantage working with older people who had served during World War II. Through hard work and determination, Susan obtained a first-class honours degree at the same time, whilst also having her son. 

 Her career flourished and saw her work as a clinician, lecturer, therapy clinical lead, advanced therapy practitioner, and also obtaining her Master’s. Susan then joined Pulse as a loyal locum with the same passion and pride for her profession that has seen her progress through the ranks in her career.  

Psychologist of the Year

Giulia Maccarini

Musical-theatre lover, Giulia, has been a psychologist for over 10 years, describing how the world of psychology chose her. With a passion for encouraging people to search for self-knowledge, Giulia provides a non-judgmental, empathic and patient-centred approach, and teaches people to prioritise their mental health in the same way we do for physical health, helping to remove any bias on seeking psychological help. 

Giulia’s background involves a range of different specialities that span from health psychology and neurodevelopment, to neuroscience and maternal healthcare, and in the past few years, she has focused on working with autism in pre- and post-diagnostic care with both children and adults.   

Giulia receives glowing feedback, with peers describing her as extremely loyal, and a dedicated, hardworking and reliable professional, who is always warm and friendly to speak with.  

Talking Therapist of the Year

James Thompson

‘Exceptional’ talking therapist, James, receives nothing but brilliant feedback from his colleagues. He has been working in a therapeutic environment for 12 years; starting out as a volunteer alcohol counsellor, then gaining accreditation and working in some of Glasgow’s most deprived areas, before qualifying as a cognitive behavioural therapist in 2013.  

Working mainly as a private practitioner, James also works with a suicide prevention charity, providing therapeutic support to young people and adults. He has also worked as a locum high intensity CBT therapist where he helped to reduce waiting lists within the IAPT service. 

James knows ‘what it is like not to be ok’ and does all he can to bring down the barriers to mental health services. Aside from breaking mental health stigmas, James’ main passion is his family, who he credits for their support over the years, making him the person he is today.  

Rising Star Award

Adam Priestley

Adam has been qualified as a psychologist for just over a year but has spent the four years before this training as a counselling psychologist. Adam has worked both in the public and private sectors over the last five years primarily focusing on sharpening his skills as a therapist but also training others on mental health awareness and resource development. He earnt his first start in this field by volunteering with Childline which inspired him to acquire the required skills and devote his career to helping others.  

Always By Your Side Award

Lyn Sutcliffe

Lyn has worked as a psychologist in the NHS for over 30 years and heads up the Directorate of Psychology in an NHS Trust in the North of England but also fulfils a role with Pulse in which she leads on the provision of one-on-one psychological therapies. Lyn has been nominated for the ‘Always By Your Side Award’ because of the extraordinary difference her work with Pulse has made to the lives of people accessing psychological therapy services. She has received consistently high ratings from the people she has worked with, and the time and dedication Lyn has given to ensuring this service meets the needs of staff is exemplary. She always goes above and beyond and completes a huge amount of hours each week across two roles – she is always on hand offering unrelenting support.   

Putting People First Award

Clint Collins

No matter the situation, Clint is always committed to his work, is loved by his colleagues, and constantly receives amazing feedback from clients. Clint has been working in healthcare particularly in the mental health settings for over 20 years. He has worked in mental health advocacy and mental health support work and as a recovery college tutor, assistant psychologist, psychological wellbeing practitioner and currently as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. He personifies immense passion for his work, describing his devotion to helping people in all aspects of mental health, from alleviating distress, to overcoming major obstacles or difficulties in their lives.  

Driven By Excellence Award

Jacqueline Tate

Expert Occupational Therapist, Jacqueline qualified in 2007 and has been supporting individuals to flourish after a period of physical or mental health ever since. She thrives on helping people achieve their goals and is considered a knowledgeable professional, keen to promote clinical reasoning in others. She has worked with Pulse since 2015 and is an asset to any team she works with, constantly receiving outstanding references from her peers. Jacqueline describes herself as positive and hopeful and loves how her career has enabled her to meet many wonderful and exciting professionals and travel the world.

Next year it could be you…

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