In order to celebrate the extraordinary roles carried out by staff across its hospitals, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is asking for the public’s help as part of its first ever Your Health Heroes awards.
The purpose of the awards is to the recognise the talent and commitment of staff, volunteers, governors and fundraisers across the Trust’s hospitals – Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital and Ulverston Community Health Centre.
The Trust is looking for nominations in 13 categories: Innovation award, Doctor of the year, Nurse of the year, Midwife of the year, Team of the year, Special achievement award, Patient safety award, Behind the scenes award, Fundraiser of the year, Volunteer of the year, Registered professional of the year, Student / trainee of the year and the Supporting the organisation award.
Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “Over the past four years, we have asked our staff to nominate colleagues who they feel deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication. This year, we decided to put some of the power back into the hands of the public and ask them, as our patients, to tell us who we should be celebrating.
“We have a lot of genuinely fantastic people who work and volunteer for us and this is our chance to say thank you for everything they do. We really hope the public and our health partners will get behind these awards and tell us who inspires them and delivers beyond expectations in our hospitals.”
From the number of compliments and thank you letters the Trust receives, it is clear that there are many examples of staff going the extra mile to improve patient care and experience. Such examples include: good team work leading to fast and effective diagnosis and treatment, particularly sensitive care at difficult times, individual staff members inspiring their teams to constantly be better and staff listening to patients and valuing their views and opinions.
These awards will also celebrate the vital work of the Trust’s volunteers, governors and fundraisers. These people are essential to the running and continuous improvement of the Trust’s hospitals and it is important that their contributions are recognised. There are so many examples of where these people play a valuable role. For example: maybe a volunteer at one of the Trust’s hospitals always goes out of their way to help get patients to the right place or is on hand to offer help to patients who need that extra bit of support at mealtimes; maybe because of the hard work of a particular fundraiser, the Trust now has the newest piece of equipment to enable it to offer the most up to date treatment; or maybe your local governor does everything they can to ensure the views of your local community are always heard by the Trust.
Sir David Henshaw, Chair, UHMBT, said: “The Trust has made significant progress in the last few months and that is thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff.
“From walking around our hospitals and talking to staff, it is clear to see that they are passionate about their work and offering the highest standards of care and support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to around 164,000 patients a year. It is time this commitment and hard work was formally recognised and celebrated. With your help, we can make this event a real success that truly celebrates the talents of our staff across Cumbria and Lancashire.”
More information on the awards and how to nominate can be found on the Trust’s website at http://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/media-centre/your-health-heroes-2012/. Copies of the application pack can also be obtained from the Trust’s communications office on 01539 716675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations close on Monday 1 October 2012. Three finalists will be selected for each category and they will be invited to the awards ceremony on Friday 16 November 2012 at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.