Pharmacist at North Manchester General wins Rising Star Award

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Pharmacist at North Manchester General wins Rising Star Award
04 July 2014

A member of staff in the pharmacy department at North Manchester General Hospital has scooped the coveted Rising Star Award at The Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust’s fifth annual staff awards event.

The Staff Awards 2014 consisted of 13 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.

At a special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, Olympic rower and endurance adventurer James Cracknell OBE, announced that Gareth Adams had won the award.

Described as an excellent manager who works tirelessly for the Trust, Gareth has been integral to the re-design of pharmacy services at North Manchester General Hospital. He has helped to transform the service from a dispensary based service to a ward based one with benefits for patients and staff alike.

The new service uses pharmacy technicians dispensing on hospital wards to get patients out of hospital more speedily. Traditional discharge processes have been reviewed and changed, and the introduction of the new system has reduced the time a patient waits for their discharge prescription from four hours to an average of 30 minutes.

Gareth has also been integral to the improvement in medicine storage and use at ward level, developing audit tools that assess medication compliance against Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.

Gareth said: “I thought The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Awards were a huge success and I am honored to have won the rising star category. I would like to thank the pharmacy team at North Manchester General Hospital. Over the past 12 months we have reengineered the delivery of pharmacy services and I believe our current ward based approach is patient focused and one which meets the demands of the hospital. This initiative is a team effort and would not work without the collective efforts of the department on a daily basis.”

Presenting the awards, Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell OBE, 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.”

The 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; Lloyds Pharmacy; Corporate Design Company and G4S. Trophies sourced by Lennard Trophies.

The award for rising star was sponsored by Weightmans.

Pictured: Gareth Adams receives the rising star award from James Cracknell OBE and Mark Hatfield of Weightmans.