Smiles and joy at staff awards
Heartfelt nominations, humbled winners and joyous celebrations characterised the trust’s ninth annual staff recognition awards on Wednesday evening this week.
This year’s Patient First STAR Awards were the biggest yet, with around 250 colleagues attending the prize ceremony at Fontwell Park hosted by chief executive Marianne Griffiths and new trust chairman Alan McCarthy.
Alan said: “This is my third day with the trust and my introduction to Western Sussex is this fabulous evening and I am absolutely delighted to meet you all. As inductions go, I could not have wished for better.”
The new chairman proceeded to read a message of congratulations from the Duchess of Richmond & Gordon, who thanked “every member of staff at St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands, for the wonderful care you provide each and every day” and she wished all the finalists a wonderful evening of “much deserved celebration.”
It was the perfect start to an unforgettable evening, with both Alan and Marianne sharing stories about the nominees, met huge smiles, loud cheers and standing ovations.
The biggest cheer of the night went to the trust’s portering team, as they collected the Chairman’s Award to a standing ovation and deafening applause. (Click here for details of all the 2018 winners)
Portering manager, Jacqui Campbell, said: “I am so chuffed for the entire team. These porters for me are the true backbone of our trust, they do so much and a lot of the time, it goes unnoticed.
“At first, I didn’t realise just how loud the ovation was, I was too shocked! But after hearing the applause and congratulations, I was so proud of my teams and so happy that they received the credit they deserve.”
This year saw a record 630 nominations received, with 15 individuals and teams taking home winners’ trophies, certificates and bottles of champagne on the night.
For those who were not able to make the evening, the trust’s social media pages kept everyone informed, via the hashtag #PFAwards and a short video is available to watch below
Marianne said: “These Patient First STAR Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the incredible work that our staff and volunteers undertake every day and it is certainly fantastic to see the smiles and joy on everyone’s faces, especially when they have won.
“A big well done to everyone that was nominated and shortlisted, plus a huge congratulations to our winners, you are all outstanding.”
Thank you to Love Your Hospital, the trust’s dedicated charity, for funding the 2018 Patient First STAR Awards, as well as the Pzazz choir and live band Strobe who provided entertainment on the night.