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Royal Surrey nurse wins national award during coronavirus pandemic

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Royal Surrey nurse wins national award during coronavirus pandemic

Published at 6:00am 7th July 2020. (Updated at 6:41am 7th July 2020)

A Royal Surrey nurse has been given a national recognition award for his contribution to the Guildford hospital's coronavirus response.

Jake Hellier, clinical lead for COVID-19 response at the Royal Surrey, received the award from Advanced Healthcare Esteem after being nominated by a colleague.

This is the second award he has been nominated for this year, having previously been put up for a HEAT Award under the category ‘Champion of Diversity, Inclusivity and Widening Participation’ at the beginning of March.

The Esteem recognition scheme was set up to highlight the contribution of individuals and teams throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

Razan Altarsha, the pharmacy technician who nominated Jake, said:

"Jake has been visible and proactive as the clinical lead for COVID-19 response - an ideal person to fulfill this role.

"He has been dealing with patients and colleagues who feel they can open up to him because of his caring personality.

"He absorbed all the sadness at the beginning, with compassion and understanding without letting anybody notice.

"He is a true professional and I am thankful for his skills and kindness."

Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Jake worked as a clinical site manager for the trust and was asked to take on a new role as the clinical lead for COVID-19 response in February.

Jake’s new responsibilities include organising both patient and staff screenings for the virus throughout the trust.

Responding to Razan's comments, Jake told Eagle Radio:

"We tend to spend more time with each other than we do our own families and in quite stressful environments we do have to support each other.

"For someone to say that and try and nominate me for an award is quite breathtaking and very humbling.

"The fact that I have my colleagues stop me in the corridor to wish me congratulations is both embarrassing but very humbling and it's very nice.

"We're all very tired and actually to get an award in times of increased stress and frustration and tiredness, it goes an awfully long way."

In his spare time, Jake is a trained musical coach and directs theatre productions including last year’s The Full Monty by Sunflower Productions which raised £18,120 for the trust charity.