The Royal Oldham staff scoop top team awards at Pennine Acute NHS Staff Annual Awards

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The Royal Oldham staff scoop top team awards at Pennine Acute NHS Staff Annual Awards
04 July 2014

STAFF who work at The Royal Oldham Hospital across different services have successfully scooped a number of top team awards 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 final awards dinner, special guest Olympic rower and endurance adventurer James Cracknell OBE, announced that support staff including healthcare assistants and healthcare workers from the children’s ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital were overall winners of the Support Function Team of the Year (pictured) whilst staff in the hospital shop were named Frontline Team of the Year.

The Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Team who work across all of the Trust’s hospital, including at The Royal Oldham’s Breast Care Unit, also scooped the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Patient Care.

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.

“The Shop” which is based at the main entrance of The Royal Oldham Hospital has had a huge impact on the well-being of patients and relatives who use the hospital. All the staff working in The Shop are caring and display understanding and empathy with their customers, as well as going the extra mile for them. The team also received six nominations for the Oldham Evening Chronicle newspaper’s ‘Pride in Oldham’ award which recognises local people who have gone beyond their readers’ expectations and shown that they care about the customers they serve.

Tracey Stott, retail supervisor, said: “It’s nice to know that our hard work has been acknowledged and that we as a team are appreciated. We all truly love our jobs at The Shop and as anyone who frequents the shop will tell you, no matter what, we all have a smile on our faces! I hope that we can continue our good work in the future.”

The healthcare assistants (HCAs) and healthcare support workers (HCSW) on the children’s ward were rewarded for embracing the opportunity to review menus with children and their families with the aim of improving the children’s experience. They worked in collaboration with the catering department which proved to be invaluable in understanding the children’s needs. Children now have menus which are better suited to their needs and social dining has been introduced after an unused area on the ward was converted to a new dining room. The healthcare assistants were also enthusiastically involved in the BBC1 TV programme ‘Operation Hospital Food’ with celebrity chef James Martin earlier this year.

The Trust’s Breast Care clinical nurse specialist team (pictured below) were rewarded for providing high quality patient centred care and support for patients within the breast service and for constantly adapting the service to meet the changing needs in cancer care. They remain focused on providing individualised care in new and innovative ways to support patients from their first presentation at the hospital, right through to surgery, oncology and palliative treatment.

Claire Brearley, advanced nurse practitioner/lead breast nurse, said: “The breast care nursing team are delighted to receive this award for outstanding contribution to patient care. We have worked hard to try to make patients’ visits to the breast units at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital less frightening and intimidating. It is particularly rewarding to know that this award came from multiple patient nominations and a patient testimonial.”

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.”

Trust Chairman, John Jesky, said: “Our annual Staff Awards is an important event in the Trust’s calendar to recognise and celebrate the dedication and achievements of our staff. It gives us an opportunity to publicly recognise and celebrate the excellent work which takes place in our hospitals and across all of our services including those in the community and within integrated teams alongside our partner agencies. To all our dedicated and skilled staff, I say a big thank you.”

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

The award for Frontline team of the year was sponsored by Vinci Construction UK Ltd (pictured), Support Function Team of the Year Award was sponsored by G2Speech, and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Patient Care was sponsored by G4S Facilities Management.

Staff from the paediatric team and Children’s ward at The Royal Oldham receive the Support Function Team of the Year Award from James Cracknell and Mike Spink of G2 Speech.