NHS staff recognised at Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s first ever Staff Awards
STAFF from hospitals, community and social care services in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester celebrated long into the night at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s inaugural Staff Awards evening held on Friday 16 November 2018, at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester.
The Northern Care Alliance is one of the biggest NHS organisations in the country and brings together two Trusts, Salford Royal and Pennine Acute, which together employ over 17,000 doctors, nurses, midwives, porters, admin, clerical and other staff.
The Staff Awards celebrate and recognise the success and achievements of staff working across the Group.
Sir David Dalton, Group Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance, said:
“This is a highlight in our organisation’s calendar; a chance to celebrate success and recognise the exceptional efforts, contribution and achievements of colleagues at all levels across our hospitals, community and social care services. This event enables us to say “thank you” to individuals and teams who work across our Care Organisations and across our Group.”
The Patients’ Choice Award, where nominations and winners were voted for by our public members and the general public, were won by the following people:
- Salford - Natalie Bancroft, Clinical Support Worker, Acute Neuro Unit
- Oldham - John Mushing, Porter, Pharmacy Department
- Bury & Rochdale - Ward 8, Fairfield General Hospital
- North Manchester - Louise McMahon, Sister, Emergency Department
The Group Chief Executive Achievement Award was won by Allan Cordwell, Head of Group Emergency Planning, Resilience & Response Unit, as well as Reserve Forces Champion.
Sir David added:
“Across the Northern Care Alliance there are many of our staff who work above and beyond the roles that they occupy. There are also staff that often operate quietly in the background, keeping our patients and our services safe and resilient; Allan is one of those staff, who works tirelessly to ensure we have plans in place for when extraordinary events test us.
“His commitment to our patients, our organisation and our teams was exemplified last winter when he drove his own vehicle to collect staff from their homes who were trapped by snow. He is a great ambassador of our organisation, a valued colleague who exemplifies our values.”
The Chairman’s Unsung Hero Award was won by Sister Grace Newbold from the Infectious Diseases Dept at North Manchester General Hospital.
Jim Potter, Chairman of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, said:
“Earlier this year a call from a patient was put through to the Infectious Diseases specialist nursing team at North Manchester and picked up by Grace, a Sister who was new to the team. The patient told her that he was going to take his own life. Grace showed incredible calmness and personal human skills in supporting and reassuring the patient in order to keep them on the phone, while at the same time eliciting vital information from the patient and then instructing colleagues, until emergency services arrived. Her actions were tremendous and took place during very difficult and stressful circumstances.
The Group Research Worker/Team of the Year Award was won by Mfon Sam, a Research Nurse based at North Manchester General Hospital.
Sir David said:
“Mfon has started a process of community engagement in research with various Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, which could have a real impact on how we increase participation and involvement in research for our local community. She has investigated how BAME groups engage with research and researchers and why it is that these groups are underrepresented when it comes to research participation.
“By talking to community groups and attending local mosques and other organisations, she has started to break down these ideas and is finding that people are becoming more enthused about research participation.”
Around 1,200 staff and guests attended this year’s Staff Awards event from each of the Group’s four Care Organisations – Salford, Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester. The event was fully funded by generous sponsors including, Brookson Direct, Carefoot Plc, Construction Impact Framework (CIF), Consort Healthcare (Salford) Plc, ENGIE, Genesis Automation, Hill Dickinson, NHS Professionals, Salary Finance and Vinci Construction UK.
The other award categories included, Award for Clinical Excellence, Quality Improvement and Innovation Award, Allied Health Professional/Technical/Scientific/Social Worker of the Year Award, Doctor of the Year Award, Nurse or Midwife of the Year Award, Support Worker of the Year Award, Administration/Secretarial Worker of the Year Award, Leading by Example Award, Team of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Year Award.
There were also Saving Lives Awards and Improving Lives Awards for each Care Organisation and at a Group level.
A full list of the winners including images is available on the website: http://www.pat.nhs.uk/about-us/staff-awards.htm
Notes to Editors
The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
As a group of hospitals and associated community services, the Alliance is one of the largest NHS Organisations in the country. With an operating budget of £1.3bn, the Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites and healthcare services. The Alliance oversees four Care Organisations for Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, and North Manchester which are responsible for providing hospital and community healthcare services to over 1m people across our local communities. Each Care Organisation and hospital sites has its own leadership team led by a Chief Officer and consisting of a Medical Director, Director of Nursing, and Finance Director.