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Healthcare heroes recognised at awards ceremony

Dedicated NHS healthcare heroes have been recognised for their hard work and commitment following an awards ceremony.

The event was held today, Thursday 6 June 2019, at the Hilton Ageas Bowl in Southampton, to celebrate the achievements of colleagues across Solent NHS Trust.

The ceremony saw a total of 10 awards presented following nominations from patients and colleagues. An independent panel then selected the winners from a shortlist.

Sue Harriman, Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust, said: “The awards ceremony has been a wonderful celebration of the incredible work from the amazing team who work in Solent NHS Trust in the past year.

“I’m so proud of our organisation and those who work across our services. We have so many unsung heroes who make it such a great place to work and be a part of.

“It is only right that we recognise these individuals, who are an embodiment of our Solent values, and thank them for all their professionalism, compassion and commitment. They all go above and beyond every day to make sure the care we give is the very best it can be and I am so proud that they are part of team Solent.”

The two winners of the Directors’ Choice Award were Pam Bailey and Will Dunkason. Pam, a physiotherapist, impressed the judges with her innovation and commitment to improving service delivery and patient satisfaction and is highly regarded with the patients who use the service.

Will, a Learning Disabilities Community Nurse, was selected for his passion for improving the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability.

Anthea Thorpe, Community Diabetes and Phlebotomy Team Lead, scooped the prize for Manager of the Year for her clear leadership and for her focus on quality and safety, including reducing waiting times for the diabetes service.

Colleague of the Year went to Kerry Godden, a Healthcare Assistant, for her passion in helping hard to reach and vulnerable people. The judges were impressed about her going the ‘extra mile’ to help people and she was praised for the great rapport she has built with the people she works with.

Volunteer of the Year was won by Robert Page, who has volunteered for the NHS as a meet and greet volunteer at Royal South Hants Hospital for 27 years. The panel agreed that Robert is always friendly and approachable for patients and commended him for his commitment, dedication and passion in his role.

Two people earned the title of Academy of Research and Improvement Hero Award. Suzi Grieves, Nurse Manager for Elderly Care Medicine, and Anna Badley, Staff Nurse for Research and Development, were selected for going “over and above” to work jointly to advocate and champion nursing research.

The Academy of Research and Improvement Award went to Wendy Cole, Physiotherapist within Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, for engage with young people through coordinating varies activities, from young person forums to shaping and implementing ideas for improvement

Deb Godfrey, Staff Nurse for Learning Disabilities, won the Chief Nurse Award for her compassion, caring and everything she has done for learning disabilities and the people and families in the service.

Team of the Year went to the Sexual Health Promotion Team. The judges were impressed about the high esteem that they hold within the local community and for their collective professionalism and commitment.

The Academy of Research and Improvement Team Award was given to the Musculoskeletal Telephone Triage Team for embracing the changes of telephone triaging and consultations which has led to cost savings in primary care and unnecessary visits to the GP for the patients. The team now has processes in place so patients can access the right advice quickly and improve the patient experience.

The Young Shapers’ Award, for giving great care to young people, was presented to Southampton’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The Young Shapers is a forum where young people can come and suggest changes and improvements that affect them the most within Solent NHS services.

A huge thank you was also given to the event’s sponsors, including Clares Office Supplies, Green Cloud, Ace Southern, Essity, Kier and Smart Solutions.

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