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The HEART Awards winners

Team of the Month: Domestic Service team (Block B, St Mary's Community Health Campus)

The term ‘unsung heroes’ really resonated with our panel, and the nomination really struck a chord. The team work many antisocial hours and are always inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of each other and of each other’s family commitments. They are cheerful and caring with everyone they encounter throughout their working day. This wonderful group of people truly deserve of the title ‘Team of the Month’.

Colleague of the Month: Emilie Rose, Associate Practitioner 0-19

Emilie put patients and her colleague’s wellbeing at the heart of everything she does every single day. Emilie is a worthy winner of this award; the nomination clearly demonstrated Emilie lives by our HEART values, and is a valued, insightful, and supportive member of staff. 

Leader of the Month: Sally Frost, Musculoskeletal Operational Lead

Sally was a standout winner for always being an advocate for her team, and for her exceptional leadership qualities. Sally is a forward thinker, is approachable, and kind. The judges felt that she demonstrated the HEART values in all she does for her team.

Colleague of the Month - Highly Commended: David Smith, Chef

The judges felt that David deserves this recognition for being an unsung hero and for all he does for the catering department. It is apparent that David’s dedication to his role echoes our HEART Values. Thank you to David and for your and commitment and for always going above and beyond. 

Team of the Month: Apprenticeship Team

The Apprenticeship Team were nominated for always striving to provide quality apprenticeships not only to new starters to the trust but also our own staff. The team are always supportive of each other, living the heart values throughout their work, for going above and beyond in their roles.

The judges voted unanimously saying ‘It was evident to see living proof of the nomination and the success of the teams work at this week’s events. Its clear to see the team are passionate about and live by our HEART values’


Colleague of the Month: Patricia Okafor, Senior Physiotherapist

The judge’s agreed Patricia was a worthy winner after a very strong nomination, saying ‘Its clear to see Patricia prides herself and her work on the HEART values’

Patricia is very proactive and always uses and shares what she learns for the benefit of the whole team. She supports junior members of staff with their clinical work when needed and partakes in team activities & meetings. Patricia approaches everything in a positive way and is a well respected and valued member of the team.


Leader of the Month: Sam Hemingway, Deputy Chief of Nursing and AHP’s

Sam epitomises the HEART values and leads our service with deep compassion and humility. Sam goes above and beyond every day to offer the support that is needed in our teams and our leadership team. She is a well-respected leader, and her calm and inclusive approach means everyone counts, and everyone is heard.

The judges agreed Sam shows exemplary efforts and commitment to her work, which makes her a standout winner.


Colleague of the Month - Highly Commended: Chrissie Marshall, Pastoral Support

Chrissie has worked for the Trust for the last 19 years and in the NHS for 40 years. She is totally professional and is highly respected in the team. Chrissie has a wealth of knowledge of her role but also a has an excellent repour with the apprentices. She is always going that extra mile for others, which makes her a real team player.

The judges said ‘Chrissie’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to her role, the trust and to her 40-year service in the NHS makes her a very worthy winner of this award, thank you Chrissie for going above and beyond’


Team of the Month: Urgent Community Response, Portsmouth

This team has worked with drive and passion to provide urgent care to patients. The judges agreed they have demonstrated the HEART values by developing their workforce and working positively as a team, ensuring all patients receives the greatest care.


Colleague of the Month: Emma Matthews, Paediatric Therapy Assistant

Emma has taken on the role of wellbeing champion, having received more than one nomination the judge’s felt Emma was a worthy winner for her positivity and support within that role, and for her exemplary efforts and commitment to her work with children.


Leader of the Month: Joanna Robinson, MSK Operational Lead

Joanna shows compassion in her leadership ensuring her team always feel valued. Jo embodies and actively promotes the HEART values and culture. The judges agreed the commitment she shows not only to patients’ safety but to her team proves she is a standout winner for this award.


Colleague of the Month - Highly Commended: David Voisey, Catering Assistant/Driver

David has been an asset to our department during challenging times recently and has adapted his normal role as a part time catering driver, to step up and work full time and not only support his own department, but also our wards and restaurant when required. Dave has also been a great support recently from a supervisory point of view. He has stepped up and supported with such ease and been a great help. He has gone above and beyond and been the best team player. Dave is an absolute superstar.

Team of the Month: Jubilee Unit, Portsmouth

The judges felt that this team has worked in an incredible way to support each other whilst putting patient care first, inspiring compassion and truly living the HEART values, particularly when relocating to their new environment and having to meet operational and clinical challenges head on.

Colleague of the Month: Bindu Wilson, Occupational Health Practice Nurse

Bindu started with Occupational Health in December 2021, at a time when the Occupational Health team were inundated with requests and faced multiple demands for much needed support for colleague’s health and wellbeing. Bindu received multiple nominations describing her exceptional efforts to support her team and the wider Trust. The Judges felt Bindu’s exemplary achievements and commitment to her work made her a standout winner for this award.  

Leader of the Month: Neena (Narinder) Kaur, Reception Supervisor

Neena received a number of nominations from people in her team. Her kindness, positivity and willingness to listen were all cited as key attributes of being a great leader. Judges agreed unanimously that the combined nominations produced an overwhelming entry for this award.  

Highly Commended: Jey Williams, Commercial Project Manager

Jey leads on a number of complex change programmes, often bringing together people from within Solent with others from partner organisations. The commitment Jey shows to these programmes leads to real change in working practice and the experience of colleagues and patients alike.  In recognition of her dedication and attributes, the Judges have decided to award a ‘Highly Commended Award’ to Jey. 

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