BBC’s Bill Turnbull to host Pennine Acute Trust Staff Awards & present Patients’ Choice Award

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BBC’s Bill Turnbull to host Pennine Acute Trust Staff Awards & present Patients’ Choice Award
21 September 2015

BBC Television’s Bill Turnbull has been confirmed as this year’s special guest and compere to host The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s sixth annual Staff Awards event in November.

Bill Turnbull will, along with the Trust’s Chief Executive and Chairman, present staff with awards across 11 categories including the prestigious ‘Pennine Patients’ Choice Award’ at the Trust’s final awards ceremony on 13th November where over 500 staff will attend including those shortlisted as finalists.

The Trust is inviting the public, patients and its 12,000 members to nominate a member of staff, team or ward for this special award category by completing an online form via the Trust website at www.pat.nhs.uk, emailing ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk or calling 01706 517302.

The winner of the Pennine Patients’ Choice Award will be selected by an independent panel including patient representatives. The closing date for award nominations is Friday 16 October.  

Bill Turnbull is a well-known face on BBC News. He has been a presenter on the BBC Breakfast programme since 2001.

In 2005, he was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing. In September 2007, he appeared on the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with his BBC Breakfast co-presenter at the time, Sian Williams, to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. It was announced on 2 September 2015 that he will leave Breakfast in early 2016 after fifteen years.

Commenting on his support of the Trust’s staff awards, he said:

"I'm really delighted and looking forward to being part of the Pennine Acute Trust's annual staff awards and at their final awards ceremony in November. Such awards are a lovely way to recognise and thank local NHS staff and volunteers who really work hard to provide exceptional care to patients in their communities, often under pressure and huge demands. Presenting the Trust’s awards will, I'm sure, give me a real insight into some of the great work taking place at Pennine's hospitals and out in the community."

The Trust’s Staff Awards recognise the very best of patient care, skill and innovation among the 9,000 staff within the Trust’s hospitals and community services.

This is the sixth consecutive year the Trust has held its annual staff awards which are fully paid for and sponsored by external companies and suppliers who work with the Trust.