Individual Awards

Charlotte Finchett, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Runner up: Charlotte Finchett

The Christie Hospital in Manchester is full of praise for the ‘Charlotte effect’. Healthcare Assistant Charlotte Finchett works with patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancers, patients who are often heavy drinkers, have poor nutrition and are heavy smokers. If these patients continue to smoke while under treatment they risk developing serious radiation reactions which can mean they will need to be hospitalised to complete their treatment.

Before Charlotte started work on a temporary basis offering support and encouragement to patients to stop smoking and cut their alcohol use, some 58 per cent of patients were admitted to the hospital; this dropped by 13 per cent to 45 per cent as a result of the ‘Charlotte effect’. Michael Walsh said: ‘Charlotte’s intervention figures are very impressive, as is the fact that her work combines smoking cessation with managing alcohol dependency. It exemplifies someone of great professional ability.’