Olympian James Cracknell to host Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Awards 2014

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Olympian James Cracknell to host Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Awards 2014
16 April 2014

Olympian and endurance adventurer James Cracknell OBE has been confirmed as this year’s special guest to host The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s fifth annual Staff Awards event in June.

The Pennine Acute Staff Awards consist of 13 award categories which recognise the very best of patient care, skill and innovation among the 9,000 staff within the Trust’s four hospitals and community services including The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals, and Rochdale Infirmary.

Staff across the Trust have the opportunity to nominate a colleague or team for an award who they believe have gone that extra mile and deserves recognition for their care, compassion, commitment and dedication.

This year sees the introduction of a new award – the Volunteer of the year Award which will recognise an individual from within the Trust’s 900 volunteers who has excelled in their role and delivered excellent service in demonstrating Trust values and making a real difference to patients.

Patients’ Choice Award

Staff Awards 2014 logoThe Trust is again this year inviting the public to get involved and nominate a member of staff or team in a special award category called the ‘Pennine Patients’ Choice Award’. The award gives the general public and Trust members the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and publicly recognises the outstanding care and treatment given to either them, a relative or close friend. An independent judging panel will select the winner.

The public can nominate a members of staff, clinical team or ward by completing an online form on the Trust website at www.pat.nhs.uk , by email at ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk or by calling 01706 517302. The closing date is Friday 30th May.

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

“Since my appointment and joining the Trust a few weeks ago I have been really impressed with the commitment and dedication of the staff that work across our services. I have seen some fantastic care delivered by passionate and professional staff doing their utmost to deliver the best for their patients. I firmly believe that in the NHS all of us want to provide high quality care each and every day no matter how complex or how difficult that may be.

“These annual Staff Awards aim to reward and recognise those staff and volunteers who make a real difference – every day - to the lives of local people who need the Trust’s services. They are a key part of our organisation celebrating success of staff – whether individuals, teams or whole wards. I know there are many of our staff who go that extra mile for patient care, have done something extraordinary, perhaps come up with innovative ideas or simply make our Trust a more welcoming and caring place to work and be treated. We are encouraging the public and our members to be involved in nominating staff who deserve recognition for the Patients’ Choice Award.”

The Trust Staff Awards are fully sponsored and paid for by external companies and suppliers who work with the Trust. Sponsors this year include NG Bailey, Vinci Construction UK, Weightmans, G2Speech and Philips, Kainos, G4S Government Services and Mitie.

Notes to editors 

James Cracknell OBE is one of Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, with two Olympic Gold Medals and six World Championship titles. His epic rowing finals in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 were two of the most watched sporting contests in history. But it is since retiring from his 13 year international career that James has distinguished himself as a very special and inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer.

It was during his challenge to cycle, run, row and swim from LA to New York in record time that James suffered a near fatal accident after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona. After a difficult six-month recovery period, James went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth.

James had first teamed up with Ben in 2005 when they set off in a 7m boat to race across The Atlantic. Despite their ocean-rowing inexperience, the pair were first to arrive in Antigua after 49 torturous days at sea. Having raised funds for Children in Need during the race, James was asked by the BBC to set out on a journey in which he rowed The English Channel; cycled through France and Spain and finally swam The Strait of Gibraltar, accompanied by comedian David Walliams. It took him a mere ten days to cover just under 1500 miles and raise £340,000 for Sport Relief.

Pictured: James Cracknell OBE