Olympian James Cracknell praises top NHS staff at North Manchester General Hospital at glitzy annual Staff Awards

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Olympian James Cracknell praises top NHS staff at North Manchester General Hospital at glitzy annual Staff Awards
04 July 2014

A DIABETES specialist nurse, a consultant in respiratory and general medicine, and a lead pharmacist in the Infectious Diseases Unit, all based at North Manchester General Hospital, have received top awards from Olympic rower and endurance athlete James Cracknell at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s 5th annual Staff Awards.


The Staff Awards 2014 consisted of 13 award categories which recognised the very best of patient care, skill, dedication and innovation across the Trust’s 9,000 staff who work at its four hospitals and across community services.


At the special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, James Cracknell OBE announced that Dr David Weir had won the Hospital Doctor of the Year Award, Sister Adele West had been awarded Nurse of the Year (pictured), and the Professional or Technical Worker of the Year had gone to Adele Torkington, a pharmacist in the specialist Infectious Diseases unit at North Manchester General.


Presenting the awards, Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, 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 people and who have been voted by their colleagues and the public for their care, compassion and skill. I believe it’s 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.”


Dr Weir’s nomination demonstrated his clinical leadership, in that he has been a driving force behind recent changes on the North Manchester General Hospital site with regards to reduction in patients’ length of hospital stay, mortality rates, hospital re-admissions and improved access performance.

Sister Adele West works in the diabetes centre at North Manchester General and has contributed significantly to improving the quality of diabetes care provided to inpatients at the hospital, plus extended her services to North Manchester Treatment Centre and Park House which is part of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. She is passionate about decreasing the incidence of diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA), which is a life-threatening diabetic emergency and so has contributed to incorporating a new DKA protocol into clinical areas across the whole of the Trust.


Adele said: “I work as a diabetes specialist nurse, leading on the in-patient service. Diabetes is a challenging long-term condition with its highs and lows, yet I feel privileged to be working within such a committed team and organisation.”


Pharmacist Adele Torkington (pictured) has led to improving the quality of prescribing and ensuring that patients treated in the Infectious Diseases Unit are fully briefed about their medication. She has also led on homecare solutions which allow patients to receive medication at home rather than having to come into hospital.


Dr Weir said: “After 20 years of working as a consultant physician it is pleasing to have one’s contribution to the Trust recognised in this way. However, my success in this award has also been due to the support I have received of my colleagues, both clinical and managerial. Without the hard work of many individuals on the North Manchester General Hospital site, the improvements in care we have achieved would not have been possible.”


The awards 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 Solutions; Lloyds Pharmacy; Corporate Design Company and G4S Facilities Management.


The award for hospital doctor of the year was sponsored by NG Bailey; the Nurse of the Year Award was sponsored by Vinci Construction UK Ltd, and the Professional or Technical Worker of the Year was sponsored by Kainos Evolve.