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‘Outstanding’ Northumbria staff celebrated at awards

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016
‘Outstanding’ Northumbria staff celebrated at awards

‘Outstanding’ NHS staff across Northumberland and North Tyneside have been celebrated for their dedication and commitment to deliver high quality patient care.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust marked its ‘outstanding year’ at the 2016 Building a Caring Future staff awards held on Thursday 7 July.

In May, Northumbria was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, only the fourth trust to receive the highest accolade. Last month the trust shared the significant improvements in patient care which had resulting from centralising emergency care at The Northumbria hospital in June 2015.

The annual awards, now in its fourth year, attracted more than 260 entries with 12 awards presented on the night.

The categories, which included patients first, respect and compassion, partnership working and innovation, represent the breadth and quality of services provided by the trust in hospitals and the community.

David Evans, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This has truly been an ‘outstanding’ year for Northumbria with our highest possible rating from the CQC and marked improvements to patient care from our new model of care, and it is with great pride that I present my first staff awards as chief executive.

“Despite our achievements it has also been immensely challenging with record attendances in urgent and emergency care and it is very important, amid these pressures, that we celebrate our staff who dedicate their working lives to caring for our patients either directly, or indirectly.

“We were staggered by the number and quality of the entries and our judges had an incredibly tough task choosing the winners from so many high-calibre nominations.

“Huge congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and the award winners – you are a credit to our organisation and the NHS as a whole.”

The award winners are as follows:

Patients First Award – Reivers district nursing team

The first award of the evening celebrated members of the Reivers district nursing team who frequently go the ‘extra mile’ for patients in rural west Northumberland. Examples included delivering groceries alongside care, teaching a patient who was near the end of life to FaceTime on her iPad to enable her to see her son, and help an elderly patient relive her passion for her cottage garden.

Safe and High Quality Award – Bliss team

The team introduced innovative ideas which have improved and assisted in delivering safe and high quality care to new-born and pre-term infants in the special care baby unit at The Northumbria hospital, achieving the Bliss Family Friendly Accreditation Scheme.

Everyone’s contribution counts – Joanne Ackinclose

Described as an ‘outstanding individual who works above and beyond the call of duty’ with ‘incredible organisational skills’, Joanne was presented with this award for her work to support the anaesthetics department trust-wide.

Respect and Compassion Award – Sarah Lindman

Working in critical care at The Northumbria hospital, Sarah ‘treats her patients with the utmost respect and dignity and does all she can that makes a difference’. Organising a wedding for a patient on the ward who was nearing the end of life contributed to her winning this award.

Responsibility and Accountability – Outstanding Leader Award – Tracy Young

Tracy, a matron in surgery at The Northumbria hospital, was celebrated for her exceptional leadership, for providing support, supervision and guidance to her team and ability to encourage teamwork.

Partnership Working Award – health improvement team (Year 11 sexual health programme), Northumberland

The award recognised the team’s work with Northumbria Police, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre to raise awareness of relationship abuse, sexual exploitation, rape and consent with young people throughout Northumberland.

Innovation Award – nursing clinical supervision pilot team

This award rewarded the development of a system of clinical supervision for nurses. 100% of staff taking part felt that it had been worthwhile, it had made them a better practitioner and had improved the quality of the person-centred care they delivered.

Learner of the Year Award – Hanna Whincup

Hanna’s passion for learning was celebrated with this award. Hanna, who works as a health trainer in the specialist health improvement service, is studying for a foundation degree in NHS service improvement and was described as ‘an inspiration to us all’.

Best Apprentice of the Year – Jamie Brown

Jamie quickly became part of the team on Ward 4 at Hexham General Hospital and was able to work to the high standards required and complete the tasks assigned to her. She showed empathy and kindness to patients and relatives and was named apprentice of the year.

Rosemary Stephenson Student Nurse of the Year Award – Stephanie Bramwell

This award dedicated to the trust’s former director of nursing who retired earlier this year after a 43-year career went to Stephanie. Throughout her training, Stephanie took responsibility for her learning and received positive feedback from patients and now works in child health at The Northumbria hospital.

Volunteer of the Year Award – Adeline Keogh

Adeline has been a breastfeeding peer support volunteer supporting hundreds of women in Blyth Valley with their breastfeeding experience for more than six years. Adeline is described as ‘passionate, compassionate and caring’ and was named volunteer of the year.

Chief Executive Making a Difference Award – Craig Leathard and Mike Carr

There were two awards in this category this year – charge nurse Craig Leathard who is the driving force behind the Calendar Lads fund-raising group which has raised thousands of pounds for the trust’s Bright charity and other good causes, and Mike Carr for his services to pathology over many years.

The sponsored awards ceremony was attended by staff from across the organisation.