Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

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Patient First STAR Awards 2019

Nominations for our 2019 Patient First STAR Awards have now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to put someone forward for recognition.

Our nominees are people who embody the ideals of our Patient First programme, which is focused on building the culture and systems we need to continue improving and re-thinking the way we work to make sure all our patients receive the same excellent standards of care every time they need us.

Each of this year’s award categories reflects one or more of the qualities behind that ambition, from kindness and compassion to innovation, commitment and exemplary standards of care.

The judging panel will now draw up a shortlist of nominees in each category and the winners will be announced at our awards ceremony later in the year.

The Patient First STAR Awards are proudly funded by Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Award categories

Award Description
Patient’s Champion For staff who embody and exceed the Patient First values of being kind, respectful, professional, friendly, compassionate and working well in a team
Mentor of the Year For team leaders and managers committed to the professional development of their colleagues or who are regularly using coaching techniques to develop and empower others
Care for the Future Award For staff helping to ensure the sustainability of the Trust’s quality of care, services, finances, staff wellbeing, achievements or reputation, and helping it adapt to future challenges
Innovator of the Year For staff initiating or leading positive change and/or research, including new techniques, systems and partnerships, in line with the Patient First vision ‘where better never stops’
Extra Mile Award For staff showing exemplary attitude to patient care, service delivery or improvement, including championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
Team of the Year For a team that has triumphed in the face of adversity, or pulled together to maintain care, quality or performance in defiance of extraordinary pressures
Compassionate Care Award For staff who go beyond normal expectations to care for patients with exceptional kindness, dignity and respect, epitomising the Trust’s vision statement – We Care
Award for Excellence  For staff whose skills and actions help the Trust exceed quality objectives for the continuous improvement of patient outcomes, experience, safety or staff wellbeing  
Volunteer of the Year For volunteers who have made a major difference to a patient, relative, colleague or team through their community-spirited commitment to serving their local hospital
Hospital Hero For staff who are the jewel in their team, whose drive, enthusiasm or good sense of humour inspires those around them, especially at times of difficulty or pressure
Love Your Hospital Staff Fundraiser Award
To recognise the fundraising efforts of staff who go above and beyond to support their own wards or area of care, making a huge difference to patients, visitors and the working lives of their fellow colleagues.

Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year prize is selected from those nominated for the Employee of the Month since the last awards – additional nominees cannot be accepted
Chairman’s Patient First Award For a member of staff who has made an exemplary contribution to the Patient First programme and helped develop genuine cultural change across the Trust


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