Trust response to media reports on our Staff Awards
A spokesperson for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
We would like to clarify the facts and reassure the public and the communities we serve about how our staff awards have been funded.
Like other NHS Trusts and public sector organisations across the country, every year we hold an annual staff awards event which aims to recognise and celebrate the hard work and the very best of patient care, compassion, skill and innovation among our 9,000 staff across our hospitals and community services.
Our awards is the highlight in our Trust calendar and gives a massive boost to staff morale way beyond the event itself and the positive effect is felt all year.
The awards consist of 12 categories where our staff nominate colleagues and teams for an award which demonstrates excellence and where staff have gone that extra mile and deserve recognition for their care, commitment and dedication. We are proud to celebrate, recognise and thank our staff achievements and hard work. In addition, the public and our patients get involved and nominate a member of staff or team in a special award category called the ‘Pennine Patients’ Choice Award’. This award gives 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. An independent judging panel select the winner.
We have been running our annual staff awards for six years. The costs previously have been covered by external sponsorship.
The majority of our 2015 event in November was again paid for through external sponsorship but to ensure we did not use taxpayers money, and to meet a budget shortfall, our charitable funds committee approved £16,000 to go towards the event. Charitable donations is money that the Trust receives from donations and legacies to be used for both the benefit of patients and our staff. This is separate to our charity appeals and from monies received for specific wards and purposes.
Last year the Trust received around half a million pounds in charitable donations and fundraising from patients and their relatives. The money is spent primarily on new hospital equipment, staff education, research and events. This year the Trust charity will spend £400,000 on new specialist profiling hospital beds to prevent pressure ulcers.