Public invited to nominate NHS staff for local Trust’s Patients’ Choice Award 2015

Dr Gillian Fairfield
Public invited to nominate NHS staff for local Trust’s Patients’ Choice Award 2015
09 September 2015

HAVE you or your relative had a good experience from your local NHS hospital or community service? Do you or your family want to thank a particular healthcare worker, doctor, nurse, support worker, or ward, who did their best to treat and look after you?

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is seeking nominations for its ‘Patients’ Choice Award’ category at its annual staff awards.

The Trust employs 9,000 staff and serves a population of around 820,000. It runs North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and healthcare services in the community. 

The Patients’ Choice Award gives the general public and the Trust’s 12,000 members the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and publicly recognise the outstanding care and treatment given to either them, a relative or close friend. An independent judging panel will select the winner.

Dr Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (pictured), said:  

“Each year we hold a night of celebration to recognise the achievements, skill, dedication and innovation of our staff across our hospitals and community services. Our Patients’ Choice Award aims to recognise individuals or teams whose commitment and compassion ensures that exceptional care is delivered to our patients. We know that we have so many extraordinary members of staff who, despite working under enormous pressure, deliver excellent care day in day out and are consistently finding ways to improve services for our patients and their families.

“This award gives local people the chance to acknowledge our staff and, in particular, those special individuals who go the extra mile in the course of their work to provide exceptional high quality healthcare and great patient experience. So, whether it’s a nurse, doctor, receptionist, domestic, therapist, volunteer, porter, catering staff, secretary or someone else, if you have been impressed by the care, treatment and service you have received and feel they deserve to be recognised, we would love to hear from you.”

If you have been a patient or visitor at one of the Trust’s hospitals or received treatment by one of the Trust’s community healthcare teams, you can nominate a staff member, clinical or non-clinical, in one of the following ways:

Last year an inflammatory bowel disease specialist nurse, Tina Law, received the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award from Olympic rower and endurance adventurer James Cracknell OBE at the Trust’s annual staff awards event.

The closing date for this year’s nominations is midnight Friday 16 October 2015.

The winner of the Patients’ Choice Award, and the other awards, will be announced at the Trust’s Staff Awards evening on 13 November 2015. The Trust awards are full paid for by external sponsorship.