Awards night hails hospital heroes
Inspirational individuals, valued volunteers and terrific teams working in hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham were celebrated last night.
Nearly 200 staff from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which runs St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals – gathered for their annual staff recognition awards.
We received a record number of nominations, including more from patients and the public than ever before
The Trust’s Patient First STAR Awards, funded by the Love Your Hospital charity, recognise local NHS professionals who make an exceptional contribution to patient care in West Sussex.
For example, the Governor’s Award went to the domestics team whose cleaning standards put Western Sussex Hospitals in the top 4% of acute Trusts in the country last year.
The Compassionate Care Award went to Harvey’s Gang, a project started by biomedical scientists at the Trust who invite young cancer patients into their laboratories, which is now taking root in other hospitals across the country and around the world.
And the new Emergency Floor at Worthing Hospital – one of only four Future Hospital Development sites accredited by the Royal College of Physicians – won the Innovator of the Year Award, for the team’s multidisciplinary approach to meeting the needs of our changing and ageing population.
Chief Executive Marianne Griffiths said: “I am so proud to work with such wonderful colleagues, and not just our very deserving winners, but all our staff who with passion and vigour do their best to put our patients first, every day.
“Following another record year for Western Sussex Hospitals, in which we cared for more people than ever before, we received a record number of nominations for our staff awards, including more from patients and the public than ever before.
“I would like to thank everyone who put an individual or team forward, as well as commend all those who were nominated, but especially our 2015 Patient First Award winners – they are without exception inspirational people to work with. Heartfelt congratulations to them all!”
Other winners included:
- Patient’s Friend Award – the dementia team on Middleton Ward (formerly Ashling) at St Richard’s, in recognition of their compassionate, friendly care, preserving the dignity of their patients.
- Mentor of the Year – Mr Shafique Sajid, who received no less than 11 nominations from junior doctors who said he is one of the hardest-working surgeons and a wonderful teacher.
- Care for the Future Award – the specialist cancer team at the Fernhurst Centre and Ford Ward (formerly Graffham) at St Richard’s were popping corks again just weeks after celebrating achieving the Macmillan Quality Environment Award at the highest grade possible.
- Extra Mile Award – senior sexual health nurse Amanda Brydon, at the Crawley Sexual Health Clinic, came top in what was by far the most competitive category.
- Team of the Year – the Physiotherapy Outpatients Team, Worthing, Southlands and Littlehampton, were recognised for their dedication and professionalism.
- Volunteer of the Year – Pat Peal is one of the Trust’s Knowing Me volunteers who makes a huge difference to the experience those with dementia have while being cared for in hospital.
- Award for Excellence – the Trust’s stroke service was recognised for driving standards of care stroke patients receive to some of the very highest anywhere in the country.
- Hospital Hero – customer care programme coordinator David Clayton-Evans is a jewel in the hospital’s crown, always going above and beyond to put the patient first while ensuring others feel valued.
- Employee of the Year – community midwife Ruth Roe, who works with pregnant teenagers, is known for always doing the best she can for the teenage mothers-to-be she helps.
- Chairman’s Award – Trust chairman Mike Viggers wished to recognise the team at the Medical Day Case Unit at Worthing Hospital, which despite a huge increase in demand for chemotherapy and other treatments, continues to receive excellent patient feedback.