Staff at Fairfield General Hospital shine at Trust’s Annual Staff Awards

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Staff at Fairfield General Hospital shine at Trust’s Annual Staff Awards
08 December 2016

STAFF who work in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury were among a number of outstanding individuals and teams to receive an award and recognition at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s seventh annual staff awards event.

At a special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, Trust Chief Executive Sir David Dalton and Chairman Jim Potter, announced that HDU team had won the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award, voted by the public and patients.  

The Staff Awards 2016 consisted of 14 categories which recognised the very best of patient care, dedication and innovation across the Trust’s four hospital sites, community services and its 9,000 staff.

The Patients’ Choice Award offered the general public and Trust members the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and publicly recognise the outstanding care and treatment given to either them or a relative or close friend. The public were invited to nominate any nurse, doctor, midwife, therapist, receptionist or other member of staff who had looked after them during an outpatient visit, day treatment or overnight, or longer hospital stay.

The HDU team were described as displaying outstanding care, compassion and understanding. 

Dr Andy Drummond, consultant in intensive care and anaesthesia from the high dependency unit at Fairfield, said:

“The ward manager for critical care at Fairfield General Hospital, Andrew Dodman, and I were delighted that our team won the Patients’ Choice award.  We feel this reflects very well on the efforts all staff, medical, nursing and allied health professionals , have made to improve the quality of care delivered in ITU at Fairfield. We and all the staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the family that took the time to nominate and thank us for the care of their relative during the difficult time of their loss.”

Other staff from Fairfield General Hospital also shone during the awards evening. Advanced physiotherapy practitioner Deborah Bancroft was chosen as the winner of the Leading by Example Award; Sister Ann Mcllwraith on ward 6 won the Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Care Award and Tyrone Supatan won the Support Worker of the Year Award.

Deborah was nominated for her award when she became the driver for change in the physiotherapy team at Fairfield when they embarked on incorporating a Making Every Contact Count (MECC) approach to their daily interactions with patients, to enable them to support positive lifestyle changes for their physical and mental well-being. 

Deborah said: “The physiotherapy team have worked really hard to develop a more holistic pathway which addresses our patients’ wider physical and mental health and wellbeing and it was lovely to be able to celebrate the team’s collective achievements together at the event.”

Ann Mcllwraith was delighted to receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Care Award.

She said: “Winning this award was a wonderful surprise and I felt very proud to have been recognised for all the work we do on the wards. I have just retired from being a ward manager and I would like to thank my team for all their hard work in contributing to the high quality of care given to our patients I would also like to thank Dr Catherine Houghton for nominating me for the award . The awards ceremony was a great success and staff enjoyed the occasion.”

Trust Chief Executive, Sir David Dalton, said: “The Trust’s staff awards is a wonderful celebration of the great things our staff do and achieve, and an important formal recognition of our staff and volunteers who have not only lived and delivered the Trust values, but who have gone the extra mile and shown exceptional skills, care and compassion. This is a highlight in the Trust’s calendar to recognise the efforts, contribution and achievements of staff at all levels across our hospitals and community services. This event is a fitting way to say well done and thank you.”

Trust Chairman Mr Jim Potter added: “All of our staff who are award winners represent the very best of what this Trust and the NHS stands for and the values we hold, putting the patient at the centre of everything we do. The award categories reinforce not only the Trust’s core values of being quality driven, responsible and compassionate, but also reflect on what we hold dear, namely teamwork, innovation, quality of care, leadership, safety and work with our local healthcare partners.”

The event was fully paid for and supported by a number of sponsors including: Vinci Construction UK Ltd; Mitie; Arnold Clark Vehicle Management; Atlas Diagnostics; Capsticks; Hill Dickinson; WiFi SPARK; NH Case; Corporate Design Company; ANS; APS and G4S Facilities Management. Trophies sourced by Lennard Trophies.

The Patients’ Choice Award and Leading by Example Award were sponsored by Vinci Construction UK; the Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Care Award was sponsored by Mitie Total Security Management and the Support Worker of the Year Award was sponsored by NH Case.

The full list of award winners and more details can be found on the Trust website at www.pat.nhs.ukhere.

Pictured: Staff from the high dependency unit at Fairfield receive the Patients’ Choice Award from Trust chief executive Sir David Dalton, Trust chairman Jim Potter and Vincent Boodeea of Vinci Construction UK.

Deborah Bancroft receives the Leading by Example Award from Trust chief executive Sir David Dalton, Trust chairman Jim Potter and Vincent Boodeea of Vinci Construction UK.

Sister Ann Mcllwraith receives the Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Care Award from Trust chief executive Sir David Dalton, Trust chairman Jim Potter and John Taylor of Mitie Total Security Management.

Tyrone Supatan receives the Support Worker of the Year Award from Trust chief executive Sir David Dalton, Trust chairman Jim Potter and Dylan Lloyd Jones of NH Case.