NCA Staff Awards - Sir Alex Ferguson drops in to praise NHS staff

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NCA Staff Awards - Sir Alex Ferguson drops in to praise NHS staff
06 December 2019

SIR Alex Ferguson, former manager at Manchester United Football Club, and BBC broadcaster and presenter Nicky Campbell, both made special guest appearances and thanked staff at this year’s Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) Staff Awards.

The NCA Group brings together around 19,000 staff and services from the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trusts.

Hundreds of staff from the NCA’s five hospitals and community healthcare services in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester came together to celebrate and recognise the exceptional efforts and achievements of colleagues across a number of award categories.

Of the 13 awards presented, Dr Prakash Kamath, paediatric consultant at The Royal Oldham, scooped the overall Doctor of the Year, whilst Julie Winterbottom, lead nurse at Oldham Emergency Department was crowned Nurse of the Year.

Team of the year was presented to the Breast Surgery and Radiology team at North Manchester General Hospital. 

The Chairman’s Unsung Hero Award was presented to the hospital’s Security Teams in recognition for their help, compassion and work with the local homeless community.

Dr Krystyna Walton, Neuro Rehabilitation Consultant at Salford Royal, was presented with the Chief Executive’s Award.

Finally, the Patient’s Choice Award, voted by the public and patients, was awarded jointly to staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Royal Oldham and the specialist acute neuro-surgery ward B7 at Salford Royal.

Sir Alex and Nicky Campbell were both  treated at Salford Royal Hospital earlier this year and both praised the outstanding level of care they received while patients.

Taking to the stage on the night Sir Alex said:

“The main reason I am here today is to thank the NHS, once again, for what they did for me, and that’s the reason I am standing here today in good health, so thank you very much.”

Nicky Campbell said:

“It is a huge pleasure to host the Northern Care Alliance Staff Awards in Manchester. After the care I got from Salford Royal with my kidney stones I am in awe! It is amazing to share a stage with Sir Alex, having to follow him is not an easy task as we well know!”

NCA Chairman, Jim Potter said:

“I would like to take this opportunity as chairman and on behalf of our Board to sincerely thank everyone here tonight, and all of our staff, for your unrelenting hard work, professionalism and commitment in providing high quality and compassionate care for those who need and use our services across the communities we serve. Thank you. For the Unsung Hero Award, our hospital security teams are absolute role models in discreet compassionate care supporting our homeless community.”

Some highlights from the Staff Awards 2019 include:

Chairman’s Unsung Hero Award

Security Teams, NCA Group

The security team was praised for the compassionate care they showed a homeless young man who had taken to sleeping at North Manchester General Hospital. The security team helped the man by contacting a local Rabbi, who offered him a place to stay and helped him find work. The young man is now in a job and back on his feet. The security team often work with homeless people who turn up at the NCA’s five hospitals, offering them hot drinks and asking them what support they require, putting them in touch with those who can help.

Chief Executive’s Award

Dr Krystyna Walton, Neuro Rehabilitation Consultant, Salford

Praised as a fantastic role model for all clinical staff and playing a key role in embedding good clinical practice, not just in specialist neuro-rehabilitation services at Salford Royal, but in other services across the city and beyond. As well as running a busy clinical service Krystyna was recently elected President of the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Patients’ Choice Award

Joint winners:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Oldham
    The NICU at Oldham is a level three neonatal unit, one of three specialist regional neonatal centres. The unit provides the highest level of intensive care to the smallest and most vulnerable babies. The NICU consists of 37 cots with 9 intensive care, 9 high dependency and 19 special care cots. The team was praised by patients for the outstanding level of care they provide.
  • Ward B7, Salford
    This ward is an acute neuro-surgery ward, part of the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre (GMNC), located at Salford Royal, providing a neuroscience service to the population of Greater Manchester. The ward was cited as providing expert, compassionate care to patients with very complex needs.

The full list of winners and a selection of photos is online