More than 50 awards have been presented to staff of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who have demonstrated clinical excellence as well as to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, putting patients at the heart of all they do.
The awards ceremony, held at Bradford City Football Club and sponsored by Sovereign Health Care, applauded individuals and teams in a number of categories.
It was also an occasion to thank those who have served the Trust and its hospitals for many years – in all 41 members of staff were presented with Long Service Awards after clocking up a phenomenal 1,230 years’ devoted duty.
Individual award winners received a commemorative certificate, a glass plaque and £750 (1st prize) and £250 (runner-up prize) in vouchers donated by Sovereign.
Team of the Year winners received £4,000, the runner-up £3,000, and the third placed team £2,000. They will re-invest their prize money to support further developments within their teams.
Chief executive, Professor Clive Kay said: “These awards recognise the commitment, innovative, dedication and expertise of our staff and we are proud of the contribution made by each and every one of them for providing excellent patient care across all of our hospitals.
“This year, I believe the calibre of colleagues who were nominated really reached new heights, which made judging very tough indeed.
“I would like to thank all those who took the time to submit a nomination and congratulate all of those who were successful.”
The awards were presented by Chairman, Professor Bill McCarthy, Vice-Chairman of the Council of Governors, David Walker and special guest, Russ Piper, Chief Executive of Sovereign Health Care.
They were also part of the short-listing panels which also included the Trust’s executive and non-executive directors, governors and divisional clinical directors.
The Chairman’s Award this year aimed to celebrate the work of an individual who had demonstrated excellence in transformation and who had made a significant difference to patients, colleagues, peers and the organisation during the last year as an advocate for transformation.
It was won by John Young, Professor of Elderly Care Medicine for his establishment of an internationally-renowned Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation. Judges heard that “John’s work embodies imagination and innovation; he is an outstanding ambassador for the Trust.”
The runner-up was Assistant Chief Nurse, Shelley Bailey for her “compassion, commitment and constant determination to put patients at the heart of all she does.” This included the setting up of the ‘End of Life’ companions scheme.
Also shortlisted were Beccy Bardgett, Consultant Paediatrician; Mohammed Patel, Lead Oncology Pharmacist and Linda Wood, Therapy Co-ordinator/Clinical Documents Workstream Lead for Electronic Patient Records.
The Governors’ Award, celebrating the work of staff demonstrating excellence in Compassion and Caring was won by Caroline Carass, Ward Sister, Ward 24 for making spiritual care an integral part of holistic care and healing for the individual.
Judges heard of the positive feedback from patients’ families with one saying “Caroline’s understanding of cultural, religious and spiritual needs has helped remove barriers for staff and patients” and another commenting “I wish BRI was full of Carolines.”
The runner-up was Louise Clarkson, Child Death Overview Panel Administrator for “performing such a sensitive and emotive role to an excellent standard” and also for her motivation of colleagues through the setting up of a running club which has now raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Also shortlisted were Jill Underwood, Ward Manager, Ward F6 and Samantha Vidler, Assistant Directorate Manager, Theatres & Critical Care Directorate.
There were two Chief Executive Awards – recognising staff both clinical and non-clinical.
The clinical award for staff making significant improvement to providing safe and effective care was won by Jill Underwood, Ward Manager, Ward F6 “for her selfless commitment to the team, for caring and understanding.” Judges were told that “Jill is always there when needed – both for her colleagues and patients.”
The runner-up was Julie Brook, Acting Sister, Acute Medical Unit, for being “a valued role model and enhancing the motivation, moral and job performance of her team.” Also nominated was Angie Kemp, Trauma Co-ordinator.
The non-clinical award for a staff member working behind the scenes to support front line staff and the Trust’s vision, was presented to Sarah Coope, Medical Secretary, Renal Department. Judges heard Sarah was “a great beacon of warmth and happiness in a tumultuous world.”
The runner-up was Martin Lee, Specialist Clinical Technologist (Radiation Physics Services) for “thinking of patients first and foremost and going out of his way to support the team.” Also shortlisted was Robert Rawnsley, Patient Administration Clerk.
This year saw the Trust presenting the 17th Annual Team of the Year Award, which celebrated the work of staff demonstrating excellence in teamwork, improvement or innovation in patient care or service design, resulting in increased delivery and efficiency.
It was won by the Neonatal Video Link Team (Chakrapani Vasudevan, Consultant Neonatologist; Carol Hudson, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Shelley Bailey, Assistant Chief Nurse; Network and Steve Pearson, Security Services Manager and Dave Griffith, Informatics Programme Manager) for developing the innovative ‘Baby View’ video link system, which connects parents with their babies and is the first of its kind in the UK.
Second place went to the Trust’s Centralised Patient Booking Service (Daniel Wadsworth, Head of Service; Nicola O’Grady; Saiqua Ahmed; Stuart Green; Caroline Whitaker; Alida Towns; Martin Metcalfe Hall) for continued success in performance and achievement of targets and for being patient-centred.
Third place was awarded to the Acute Hand Services Team. Judges heard: “Every member of the team has worked to make patient experience pleasant as well as the best. The team is enthusiastic and always looking towards making more improvements.”
This year, because the standard was so high, the judging panel decided to give special commendations to three other finalists, who received a Certificate of Commendation to acknowledge their outstanding work and £500 in prize money.
They were awarded to the Ambulatory Care Unit Team, Critical Care Team and Diagnostic Virtual Ward Team.
Long service awards were presented to staff drawn from all wards and departments and each was presented with a certificate, special NHS badge and vouchers to commemorate their 30 years’ unstinting service to the NHS.