Staff awards at Great Western Hospital

Posted: July 4, 2011

Staff at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recognised for their outstanding achievements

Staff at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust celebrated their achievements and commitment to improve patient care over the last 12 months at a special awards ceremony at the STEAM Museum in Swindon on Friday (24 June). 

The annual GWH Staff Excellence Awards were attended by over 300 Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, therapists and a range of other Trust staff who saw 17 finalists up for the chance to win one of six awards.  The Awards were established last year to reward and recognise those staff who deliver an exceptional service to patients. Also attending the ceremony was Cllr Ray Ballman, Mayor.

Dr Alf Troughton, Interim Chief Executive at GWH said:  "What's good about these awards is that they celebrate the best achievements of our staff who work flat out day in day out.  Nominations for these awards are put forward by the staff themselves from across the hospital and the finalists were shortlisted because of their dedication and professionalism to their patients. 

"The winners act as role models to everyone who works for the Trust in the way they strive to do the best for the people around them.   The event itself is a chance for our staff to take a break from their busy day jobs and reflect on the difference they make to people's lives. It is great to be able to recognise their big efforts in this small way."

The Team of the Year Awardfor improvements in service which have significantly enhanced patient experience was given to the Stroke Team for the improvements they have made in care for people who have suffered a stroke which is improving the chance of stroke sufferers from not only surviving a stroke but also regaining a good quality of life.

Amanda Chivers, Senior Sister on Falcon Unit, winner of the Team of the Year Award said: "It's a fantastic boost to be put forward for an award like this.  Our team of Doctors, Nurses, Therapists and support staff have put in so much effort to improve the care for Stroke patients it's good to see it is rewarded in this way.  Winning an award like this is a great achievement given how far we have come in such a short space of time and we aim to keep improving what we do for our patients.  A Stroke can be devastating and what we try to focus on here is supporting patients with the right treatment and right therapy to lead normal lives wherever possible."

TheSTAR of the Year Award for staff who consistently go further to provide the best service possible to colleagues, patients or visitors went to Pauline Andrews, Pain Management Secretary who was nominated by four of her colleagues for the crucial role she plays in supporting the Pain Management Team to provide an essential service to patients. 

Receiving the award Pauline said: "It's fantastic to win this award, but my motivation is the fact that I work within a brilliant team who make coming to work nothing but a pleasure."

The Leadership Award(sponsored by Beachcroft LLP) was given to aleader who has inspired others by acting as an excellent role model. Wendy Johnson Senior Sister in the Coronary Care Unit was given the award as someone who is supportive and helps develops her team.  She was nominated by four of her colleagues who consider Wendy to be one of the most dedicated and professional Nurses they have ever met.

Wendy was delighted to be nominated and to receive the award.  She said: "I feel honoured that peers and colleagues would have thought enough of me to take the time to nominate me for an award. That I was shortlisted was both a surprise and also a great honour.  Since commencing in post on the Coronary Care Unit much time and energy has been invested in both service and staff development and it is probably due to the success of these changes that I received my nomination. The leadership nomination is a singular award for an individual but my feelings are that any recognition of the contribution I make belongs to the team of Nurses on CCU whom I am proud to both lead and work along side. To win the award is extraordinary considering the calibre of my fellow nominees."

With high quality, safe service being the top priority for the Trust the winner of theQuality & Safety Awardwas chosen by looking at the range of quality indicators such as MRSA screening, mandatory training, patient falls and patient complaints to see which ward had performed the best.  The winning ward was Aldbourne, which cares for patients who have undergone hip, knee and spinal operations. 

Rachel Palfreeman, Senior Sister on Aldbourne Ward said: "In meeting these quality indicators we make sure it isn't about box ticking, as we recognise that behind these figures there are individual patients with individual needs who we try to always do our best for.  It's fantastic for the whole team to be recognised in this way as working on a busy ward like Aldbourne requires the support and teamwork of dozens of people all pulling in the same direction and it is great to see that effort paying off." 

The Good Ideas Awardwhich recognises small ideas which make a big difference to improve services or save money was won by the Medical Workforce Team for their work in saving over £1.3m on agency Doctor spend which they achieved through streamlining the way locum doctors are recruited.  The money saved is reinvested back into patient care.

Elaine Nash, Medical Workforce Team Leader said: "It's an honour to receive an award like this.  It's great recognition for those of us who work behind the scenes to support frontline services and I am delighted that we have been able to save a significant sum of money which can be reinvested back into patient services.  It's a great example of how doing things in a smarter way can save money and improve the service we offer."

The Educational Supervisor and Mentor Awardis for anyone who supports others to fulfil their potential by developing new skills and raising standards.  This award was given to Helen Good, Community Children's Outreach Nurse for her work in guiding student nurses to develop new skills managing this work alongside her day job on the busy Children's Unit. 

On receiving the award Helen said: "I feel very privileged, not only to be nominated but in winning this award.  My job now is as a full time children's outreach nurse but I have continued to keep my responsibilities as the student link nurse for the children's ward.  I feel that it is so important to help and guide our student nurses today, as I have been doing, as today's students nurses are our future."

The awards were made possible through sponsorship from the GWH Staff Lottery, GWH Charitable Fund and Beachcroft LLP.

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