Police and Nurse ‘SWAN Squad’ (Bereavement Team) recognised for Manchester Arena Terror Response
THE Chairman of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs Pennine Acute Hospitals and Salford Royal, has presented a special ‘Unsung Hero’ Award to a group of police officers and specialist nurses who provided support to the victims and bereaved families following the Manchester Arena terror attack on 22 May.
The Trust’s special award was presented to the ‘Police/Nurses Swan Squad’ at the climax of the Pennine Acute’s 8th annual Staff Awards event on Friday 17 November in Manchester.
The staff awards are a highlight in the Trust calendar in celebrating and recognising the success and achievements of staff at all levels across the Trust’s four hospitals and community services in North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Bury.
Uniquely, the ‘Unsung Hero Award’, sponsored by ANS Group, did not just go to members of Trust staff, but to a team working across the NHS and Greater Manchester Police which pulled together as one team with a shared purpose in response to the Manchester bomb in May. The team comprises the hospital’s SWAN bereavement nurses, GMP police officers and Coroners (pictured).
Group Chairman, Jim Potter, said:
“This is a team who’s professionalism, skill, responsiveness, compassion and courage has been second to none as they have faced, without doubt, their most difficult and testing period in their careers. The team played, and continue to do so, such an important role in the aftermath of the terrible attack at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May where sadly 22 people lost their lives and so many others were injured and affected by the incident.
“What is so very special about this team is that this is very much a discreet team that quietly in the background do what they are best at - caring and supporting people in the darkest and most difficult of circumstances. They were a 24/7 team. Everyone went well above and beyond. Their impact and ongoing support provided to the victims and their families has been immeasurable. They have given these families control in what has been a very difficult uncontrolled situation within extraordinary circumstances. Everyone who has been involved in this fantastic team has contributed beyond words in the vital role they have provided for the victims and in supporting their families.”
One of the highlights this year was that staff and guests were given the opportunity to hold and take photographs of the ‘special recognition’ Pride of Britain Award, which was presented to the Manchester medics including NHS staff across Greater Manchester who were involved in responding to the Manchester Arena attack. The award was displayed on stage throughout the Trust’s staff awards ceremony.
This year the ‘Patients’ Choice’ Award, sponsored by Mitie Total Security Management, which was voted for by the general public and Trust members, was won by Dawn Littler, Labour Ward Midwife/Bereavement Nurse at North Manchester General Hospital (pictured).
Other winners on the night included the staff on Ward F5 at North Manchester General Hospital who won the ‘Chief Executive’s Achievement Award,’ sponsored by Carefoot Plc, based on their achievement in meeting the highest of standards under the Trust’s Nursing Assessment and Accreditation Scheme (NAAS).
Sir David Dalton, Group Chief Executive at the Trust and of the Northern Care Alliance, said:
“Our Staff Awards is an important opportunity to recognise staff who have demonstrated outstanding care, skill and innovation. The event 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’s values, but who have gone the extra mile and shown exceptional skills, care and compassion. This year’s awards were a fantastic success and a fitting way to say well done and thank you.”
Over 600 staff and guests attended from each of the Trust’s three Care Organisations - Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester. The event was fully funded by generous sponsors including Vinci Construction, Mitie Total Security Management, ANS, Hill Dickinson, NHS Professionals, Brookson Direct, and Carefoot Plc.
The other award categories included: Admin/Secretarial Worker of the Year, Allied Health Professional/Technical/Scientific/Social Worker of the Year, Doctor of the Year, Nurse or Midwife of the Year, Support Worker of the Year, Team Contribution to Outstanding Care, Quality Improvement and Productivity Award, Learner of the Year Award, Award for Clinical Excellence, Leading by Example Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
A full list of the winners including images is available on the Trust website: http://www.pat.nhs.uk/about-us/staff-awards.htm
Pictured: The Police/Nurses ‘Swan Squad’ incl. members of NHS staff from The Trust, Police and Coroners’ Office posing with the Unsung Heroes award
Pictured: Dawn Littler, Labour Ward Midwife/Bereavement Nurse at North Manchester General Hospital who was awarded the Patients’ Choice Award, voted by the public and members.