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Who are our heroes and villains for November 2018?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

Welcome to our section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we take a look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.

Let us know if you agree with our choices for November and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Vicky Burton

Source: British Heart Foundation

Vicky Burton

Vicky Burton, a deputy sister at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has raised over £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation. She hosted a sell-out charity ball for the charity, with ticket and raffle sales raising £5,218. But Ms Burton herself has experience of having a hidden heart condition. She began experiencing heart palpitations and shortness of breath around 10 years ago at the age of 21. She spoke to a colleague who carried out an electrocardiogram, which detected an abnormal heart rhythm, and a subsequent echocardiogram revealed a faulty mitral valve. She then attended yearly check-ups to monitor the condition, but the valve progressively worsened and she underwent open heart surgery in 2014 aged 27. Now, four years later, the mother-of-two is able to live a normal life.




Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Phillip Hufton

Source: cambridgeshire Constabulary

Phillip Hufton

A nurse who pretended to be a doctor and swindled almost £350,000 out of the NHS after lying on his CV to fund a “lavish lifestyle” has been jailed for five years. Phillip Hufton, of Ack Lane West, Cheshire, worked for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust for 17 months but was sacked after staff discovered his lies. The 52-year-old claimed to be in Jordan for work when he was on a family holiday, set up a fake email account to authorise his own company expenses of more than £13,000 and ran up a £9,000 bill for a fake work trip. On his CV he pretended to be a doctor and claimed to have a PhD, a master’s and five other diplomas. In reality, he had a nursing degree.

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