Kevin Reid is October’s Hero on the Month at Whittle Hall

Kevin Reid, a Nurse and Clinical lead from Wigan has been named Hero of the Month for October at Whittle Hall.

Kevin received three nominations, all from people who have worked closely with him;

A former colleague Kay said ‘Kevin is a fantastic nurse; he runs Ocean 1 like a dream. He is very approachable, understanding and a very professional Individual.’

Colleague Wendy said ‘Kevin goes above and beyond with residents. He has got us through some tough times over the last few months. He has been our rock and a person we can talk to.’

Colleague Liam said, ‘Kevin has proven himself time and again to be a professional in what he does and where it matters, residents care. He promotes independence and choice among those in his care and he always go about his duties with a sense of humour.

A special mention I feel was Kevin’s lead back in the spring at the height of Covid-19. I feel Kevin remained professional throughout, approached those in his care in a dignified and diligent manner and was very supportive of those families affected.’

Out of all this month’s nominations Kevin was chosen as Hero of the Month by home manager Deborah Payne, ‘I chose Kevin because he is constantly going the extra mile, he always puts his residents first, is totally person centred and because of the part he played and the time he dedicated to our award winning Activities Evaluation Study.’

On hearing the news Kevin said he felt ‘Humbled’. When asked why, he said because he didn’t expect it, when he thinks of heroes, they are those people working front line. 

Kevin joined Whittle Hall two and a half years ago as a care assistant whilst completing the final year of his BSc in Learning Disability Nursing at Edgehill University in Ormskirk. On qualifying he took up the post of Nurse and then last year became Clinical Lead.  It’s Kevin’s job to complete management audits, benchmark performance and ensure care plans are up to date. He’s predominately based on Ocean One, our award winning dementia plus unit and he was a founding team member in our Activities Evaluation Study which won several awards this year and which Bradford University are now looking to work with us to develop this into a full research study. Kevin enjoys studying and has not ruled out doing a master’s degree. He says he would like to do a masters in prescribing as this would really benefit the home as we often have to wait for prescriptions.

Kevin is a self-confessed workaholic who says that he works hard to fund his love of travel and ordinary would holiday abroad twice a year. However, it’s not been all work at Whittle Hall.  Cupid’s arrow shot straight to his heart when senior carer on Orchard, Kayleigh walked into the room, romance blossomed, and they are now engaged to be married.

Outside of work Kevin lives with his partner Kayleigh they have two dogs, a Boxer called Rosie aged 8, and a 7 month old Dalmatian. He doesn’t enjoy DIY but always has lots to do in his spare time as he is renovating their home.

‘What greater testimony than that of your colleagues to make you realise just how much you are valued and respected. Kevin has demonstrated true professionalism in his work ethic, and this is something we are all very proud of him for.’ Said Jeanne Davies, Managing Director of L&M Healthcare.

Well done Kevin. You might not think you are a Hero , but plenty of other people believe you are.!

As well as being awarded his certificate and a gift from the home manager, Kevin also wins £100 worth of M&S vouchers from head office. 

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