Skills Award for development of successful clinical training

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Skills Award for development of successful clinical training
04 July 2014

A COMBINED team from the Learning and Organisational Development Department has won the coveted Skills Award at The Pennine Acute Trust’s fifth annual staff awards event.


The Trust’s Staff Awards 2014 recognise the very best of patient care, dedication, skill and innovation across the Trust’s four hospital sites and its 9,000 staff.


At the special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, Olympic rower and endurance adventurer James Cracknell OBE, announced that the Trust wide specialist training team of simulation trainers and cadet clinical educators had won the award.


The simulation trainers and cadet clinical educators have driven through a number of advancements whilst continuing to provide simulation/clinical skills training to Trust staff, medical students and junior doctors. This has had a huge impact in terms of promoting the Trust and enhancing its reputation, resulting in other areas commissioning the service. This includes the Trust being contracted to provide simulation training for all Greater Manchester cadets on placement at all hospitals within the region, and the Manchester Dental School has contracted the Trust for delivery of simulation training to all its dental students.


Kath Robertson, learning and organisational development manager for simulation and clinical skills, said: “This award means so much to me and my team as it shows that the hard work we all put in to providing high quality, patient focused simulation training for the Trust is being valued and appreciated. The team has worked hard over the last two years to make the simulation centre a success and this award recognises this effort.


“The team would like to thank Lynda Spaven, head of learning, for her continuing support and commitment to advancing simulation within the Trust and also the Skills for Health Academy, North West for their input into the Healthcare Cadet Simulation Programme and the University of Salford’s School of Nursing for their invaluable help with the third year nursing simulation programme.”

Presenting the awards, Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell OBE, said: “It was a privilege and honour for me to meet and congratulate local NHS staff who work extremely hard every day to care and treat important we take the opportunity to thank and recognise the efforts of NHS staff as they do a tremendous job. It was a great occasion.”


Dr Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive of the Trust added: “It is a huge privilege to be Chief Executive of this Trust working with so many dedicated and professional colleagues. Our staff awards are just one way of publicly recognising and thanking those who have demonstrated exceptional care, skill and innovation and for all of their hard work and commitment. It helps us as an organisation be proud of what we do and what we can achieve.


“It was a fantastic event and lovely to see so many staff across all departments and job roles enjoying themselves and celebrating their achievements, whether as a team or individual.”


The event was fully paid for and supported by a number of sponsors including: Vinci Construction UK Ltd; NG Bailey; Weightmans; Mitie; Philips; G2 Speech; Kainos Evolve; Sitekit; Lloyds Pharmacy; Corporate Design Company and G4S. Trophies sourced by Lennard Trophies.


The skills award was sponsored by NG Bailey.


Pictured: Members of the simulation trainers and cadet clinical educators teams receive the skills award from James Cracknell OBE and Stephen Robinson from NG Bailey.