It was the hospital equivalent of the Oscars.
The hard work, commitment and innovation of health workers and volunteers was honoured at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s Celebrating Success 2014 Awards.
The awards ceremony, held at The Venue, Barkisland, was attended by doctors, nurses, therapists, community, estates staff and volunteers, and was hosted by the Chief Executive Owen Williams and Chairman Andrew Haigh.
Mr Williams said: “The awards are a reminder of everything that is good about the NHS. The Trust cares for around 450,000 people each year, and I am incredibly proud of how our staff continually comes up with new and innovative ways to improve quality, patient experience and patient safety. Everyone is a winner.”
The star of the night was Matron for Intermediate Care, Jenny Mills. She won the Leader of the Year Award along with the top prize of the Gordon McLean Award, in memory of the Trust’s former chairman, which includes £5,000 to be spent in her department.
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Jenny, who is based at St John’s Health Centre, Halifax, said she was stunned to receive the Award. She said: “The recognition isn’t for me – it’s for my fantastic team. They embrace everything and always go that extra mile to provide the best possible care for our patients.”
The competition was open for staff to nominate their own projects centred around the Trust’s 4 pillars of behaviour, and to nominate colleagues in the “People” awards.
Other winners were:
- Work Together to Get Results: The Endovascular Aneurysm Repair Team, treating abdominal aortic aneurysms in a minimally invasive way
- Do the Must Dos: Jenny Hughes and the Emergency Departments, improving emergency care of asthma patients
- We Go See: Cheng Choy, Consultant Gynaecologist, introducing laparoscopic hysterectomy to improve patients’ experience.
- Put the Patient First: The OPAT Service, enabling patients to receive antibiotics at home or via outpatients to reduce the need to come back into hospital
- Leader of the Year: Jenny Mills, Matron for Intermediate Care
- Unsung Hero of the Year: Maureen Gaunt, Ward Clerk for ward 8
- Volunteer of the Year: The Supported Self-management Volunteer’s team
- Student Volunteer of the Year: Jacob Reynolds, for his work with patients with delirium on ward 19 at HRI.