Two members of staff from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) have reached the finals of the West Country Women Awards.
The West Country Women Awards are an annual celebration honouring the amazing women who are going above and beyond in the south west area. This year, out of the many nominations, 90 women were shortlisted for the semi-finals across a range of categories. This has been narrowed down to just three finalists per category, including two members of staff from UHP, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Sue Fullilove and Chief Executive Ann James.
Sue Fullilove, who has been nominated in the Women in Health category for her work within the NHS and as part of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, said: “I feel very privileged to have had a career in Hand Surgery, with all the gratification that comes from helping many thousands of patients with their hand problems.
“On top of that, I had amazing opportunities volunteering for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, improving education, training and research in hand surgery, creating national guidelines for the better delivery of hand services and now, setting up the first Hand Surgery unit in Malawi.
“I cannot imagine more rewarding work and the additional honour of being nominated for a West Country Women Award has blown me away. I am proud to stand alongside such incredible women, including the Chief Executive of my NHS Trust, Ann James. I wish all of them well in their respective categories and future endeavours.”
Among the other finalists are more inspirational from Plymouth and across the wider south west including Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. There are 15 award categories in total covering areas such as Women in Tech, Women in STEM, Green Award, Combatting Violence Against Women and Girls and many more.
The winners of the awards will be announced a grand final celebration at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday 1 December. Our #1BigTeam wish Sue and Ann the best of luck.