Winners of Staff Excellence Awards announced

Posted: June 17, 2015

Staff celebrate achievements

The winners of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Staff Excellence Awards, which celebrate the exemplary care provided for local people, have been announced.

The awards mark the outstanding year-round work of staff working at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) and the Trust's community healthcare services across Wiltshire which include community hospitals and healthcare services in people's own homes.

A total of 33 finalists were in the running to receive one of eight awards.

Nominees for the People's ChoiceAward were specially selected by patients to mark outstanding care provided to them by an individual staff member or team.

The accolade was won by Caroline Critchley, a Sister from the Paediatric Oncology Team at GWH. Caroline was nominated by the parent of a young girl for the care and compassion she showed to the child and for the compassionate relationship she built up with her.

The Site Management team scooped the Team of the Year award, having been recognised for their hard work to maintain patient safety during the very busy winter period.

The STAR of the Year Award, which is linked to the Trust's values: Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect (STAR), had 12 nominees, all winners of the STAR of the Month accolade.

The overall winner was Caroline Taylor, a healthcare assistant on Longleat Ward at Warminster Community Hospital, who was commended for going the extra mile, in particular when working with new staff members. She was described when nominated as being an "asset" to the hospital.

The Working Together Award was given to The Care of the Elderly Team, which includes the dedicated dementia ward, Jupiter at GWH. The award recognised their dedication during the past year, which included the transformation of Jupiter Ward into a modern dementia-friendly environment.

A new category this year - the Quality Improvement Award - looks at staff who have made significant improvements in patient care and patient experience, while also improving staff welfare and morale.

It was won by the Sepsis Working Group, a team comprising staff from different areas who work tirelessly to make colleagues aware of early warning signs of sepsis.

The Leadership Award was given to Teal Ward Manager, Stacey Cotter and Matron, Liz Jaffray, who led a new team operating the dedicated winter ward. Many nurses on Teal have subsequently requested to stay working there, a reflection of Stacey's and Liz's leadership skills.

The Making a Difference Behind the Scenes Award recognises staff who, despite being out of the limelight, nevertheless have an essential role to play. Information Analyst Jane Cheeseborough, who created a new way of presenting information and statistics for frontline staff, won the award. Peers described her as "knowledgeable and as someone who goes the extra mile".

The Special Achievement Award recognises staff who have achieved something truly remarkable for patients, their team or the wider Trust. Staff Nurse, Sheila Sutton, from GWH Osprey Outpatients, won and was described on her nomination form as the "backbone" of the department. With more than 30 years' experience, Sheila is greatly appreciated by patients and colleagues.

Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive of the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Our staff all do an absolutely fantastic job for everybody they serve and the Staff Excellence Awards are an excellent way of saying a big thank you for all the effort and hard work which colleagues put in.

"We work in a very busy NHS Trust which last winter faced unprecedented demand. Our staff responded fantastically to the demands placed upon us and these awards allow us to reflect for a moment on the difference staff make to those we care for. 

"The continued dedication of our staff to provide the best care possible is something that really does deserve to be recognised.

"Over the past year all of our staff have once again proven that they go that extra mile - they are always able to rise to a challenge and work together.

"I am so proud of not only the award winners and finalists, but of all of Trust staff."

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