We pride ourselves in recognising the achievements of our staff and volunteers when they go over and above providing the best possible care to patients.

Throughout the year we recognise staff through our Hidden Heroes scheme, STAR Award and our Staff Excellence Awards - all of which fall under our One Trust, One Team platform. 

National recognition

Our staff strive for excellence and we encourage and support them to shout about the great work they're doing by nominating themselves or others for national awards.

As a result, employees of the Trust have been shortlisted for a number of awards across the country.

Staff Excellence Awards

Our annual awards recognise the hard work and dedication shown by our staff across the Trust.

The awards evening is held in the winter. 

STAR of the Month

The STAR of the Month award is a special award linked to our Trust values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition, and Respect (STAR).

Staff nominate their colleagues who demonstrate the values in their everyday work and a winner is chosen every month.

Recognition for Long Service

We recognise the staff who choose to have a long and successful career at Great Western Hospitals with long service awards and retirement awards.

As a token of our appreciation, we recognise all of our staff that complete over 25 years’ service with a commemorative certificate.

We also recognise our staff in retirement with a certificate and gift voucher or retirement gift. 

Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes is a dedicated platform to recognise our heroic staff and volunteers who put the ‘great’ in Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We hear such wonderful stories about them doing great things and we don’t want to lose track of their everyday successes, so we want to continue capturing these stories and offer our heroes a box of chocolate Heroes for going above and beyond to provide high quality care.

Family Fun Day

In September 2021 we held a first ever family fun day for staff - the 'Great West Fest'.

2,000 staff members with family and friends joined us on the day and was an opportunity to say a huge thank you to every single member of Trust staff for all of the hard work they had shown over the previous 18 months, and to their families and friends who had so kindly supported the NHS during the most challenging period we had ever faced.