Olympian James Cracknell praises a Fairfield General Hospital secretary at glitzy annual Staff Awards

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Olympian James Cracknell praises a Fairfield General Hospital secretary at glitzy annual Staff Awards
04 July 2014

A MEDICAL secretary based at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, who has been described as being “administratively excellent” was thrilled after winning the coveted Administrative or Secretarial Worker of the Year Award at The Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust’s 5th annual staff awards event.

The Trust’s Staff Awards 2014 recognise the very best of patient care, dedication, skill and innovation across the Trust’s four hospital sites and its 9,000 staff.

At the special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, James Cracknell OBE announced that Rayna Simons (pictured) had won the award.

Dr David Weir, consultant in respiratory and general medicine and Sister Adele West in the diabetes centre, both based at North Manchester General Hospital, won Hospital Doctor of the Year and Nurse of the Year respectively.

Adele Torkington, a pharmacist in the specialist Infectious Diseases unit at North Manchester General was awarded the Professional or Technical Worker of the Year.

Dr Shyam Sunder (pictured), a consultant radiologist at North Manchester scooped the Award for Innovation for his innovative work in reducing the dose of radiation in renal CT scans. Dr Sunder’s innovative work has vastly improved patient safety by limiting radiation doses received by up to 72%. This ultra-low dose protocol developed is in line with the best care practices around the world. The dose is now similar to that of standard plain film x-ray KUB, whilst providing far more accurate diagnostic information.
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
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.”

Rayna Simons who works in respiratory medicine as a medical secretary supports the increasingly busy lung cancer clinic which involves extensive compassionate patient liaison and the co-ordination of investigations and appointments. She also supports other clinics and is described as being an absolute pleasure to work with as she does everything with a smile. She demonstrates a phenomenal work ethic, fostering excellent relationships with staff and patients. Her work helps to facilitate early discharge and reduced re-admissions and the smooth pathway enables patients to come to terms with their diagnosis.

Rayna said: “I really enjoyed the awards evening and winning was an extra bonus! I am thrilled to have won the award as it is really lovely to feel appreciated and to get recognition. I love my job as medical PA to Paul O'Donnell, consultant respiratory physician at Fairfield General and feel really lucky to work with such a great team. We all work so well together which is why our department functions successfully to achieve what we do”

The administrative or secretarial worker of the year award was sponsored by Corporate Design Company Limited.

Pictured: Rayna Simons receives the administrative or secretarial worker of the year award from James Cracknell OBE and Chris Harrison of Corporate Design Company Limited.