STAFF on a much-improved hospital ward have been held up as a shining example to others.

The team on Basildon Hospital’s Linford ward were this week named the hospital’s team of the month for January.

The ward, which cares for patients recovering from surgery, has undergone several changes recently.

Clinical development sister, Liz Dunn, who nominated the team, said: “Excellent leadership and teamwork have transformed this into a calm, organised ward, providing excellent patient care.

“There is a real emphasis on working together and supporting each other to provide the best possible care for patients.”

The award was accepted by charge nurseMark Pinckney and healthcare assistant Kim Piper.

Ms Piper who has worked on Linford ward, for 17 years, said: “It’s hardwork, but it’s worth it.”

Senior perfusionist Scott Melvin’s efforts were also recognised in the awards.

Mr Melvin has worked at Basildon’s Essex Cardiothoracic Centre since starting at the hospital last year. His job involves operating machines which keep patients alive during major surgery.

He won January’s invidividual award.

His boss, Ben Middleton, who nominated him, said: “Scott is frequently instrumental in the success of interventions for cardiac patients and I believe he should be recognised for his contribution.

Obviously, it’s a team effort, but Scott does a great job.”

Mr Melvin said: “It’s a great compliment. I’m very happy to be working here.”

They were presented with their awards by hospital chief executive Clare Panniker.