The shining stars from across University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) were celebrated last week when the Trust held its Health Heroes awards.
Winners were announced in ten categories during the ceremony at the Abbey House Hotel in Barrow on Friday 10 March 2017, in recognition of the staff, volunteers, governors and fundraisers across the Trust’s five hospitals. Some of the awards honoured those on the front line of hospital life, with others highlighting the efforts of those hard at work behind the scenes.
Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “These awards are always the highlight of the year for me as they allow us to step back and celebrate the
achievements of all our staff, governors, volunteers and fundraisers.
“Most of the people shortlisted didn’t think that they were doing anything extraordinary to deserve an award but when we heard the reasons why they were nominated, it was very clear to us all why they were there. The sense of pride in the room was contagious, and I came away even prouder than ever of everyone for their hard work and dedication.
“Well done to everyone who was nominated, regardless of whether or not they received the winner’s award – all very much deserved.”
The evening proved a roaring success for the Trust, with staff, governors, volunteers and fundraisers taking home glittering trophies.
The winners were:
Leading by Example award
Debbie Muldoon-Smith, Ward Manager – Ward 5 at FGH
Bright Ideas award (joint winners)
Trauma Audit and Research Network Team
Nadine Parsons and Kate Artingstoll, Registered Nurses at the RLI
Warren Cross, Clinical Support Worker – Children’s Ward at the RLI
Everybody Counts award
Dr Amit Kochhar, Associate Specialist for ENT
Living Our Values award
Lynnsey Willcox, Specialist Nurse – Gynaecology/Oncology at FGH
Better With You award
Millom Health Action Group
Building Relationships award
Ward 2 and Parish Nurse Team
Clinician of the Year
Mr Joseph McAleer, Core Trainee 2 – Acute Surgical Unit at the RLI
Star of the Year
Angela Richardson, Clinical Leader for Radiology at the RLI
Chief Executive’s award
Deborah Ashdown, Clinical Support Worker at WGH
Pearse Butler, Chairman, UHMBT, said: “I love evenings like this as they not only allow everyone to get to know more about the people we have working, fundraising and volunteering for us and the amazing jobs they do, but also gives us the opportunity to say a well-deserved thank you and well done.
“Our services, like hospitals across the country, are under real pressure at the moment and staff are working incredibly hard, so I believe it is more important than ever that we take opportunities like this to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
“We’ve had much to celebrate over the last year, including our new ratings from the Care Quality Commission who rated us as GOOD overall and OUTSTANDING for caring. All of the improvements we have made have been down to our staff, governors, volunteers and fundraisers, so these awards allow us to show how much we appreciate their hard work and value each and every one of them.”