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Morecambe Bay NHS staff honoured at awards ceremony

Healthcare heroes from across Morecambe Bay were honoured at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHMBT) seventh Health Heroes award ceremony at the Villa at Levens, near Kendal, on Friday evening (22 March).

Around 130 staff, volunteers, governors, partners and fundraisers joined together at the annual awards ceremony which honours those on the front line of hospital life, out in the community and those hard at work behind the scenes at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital, Furness General Hospital, Ulverston Community Health Centre and Morecambe’s Queen Victoria Health Centre.

Colleagues from UHMBT, Bay Health and Care Partners and the local Integrated Care Communities were all recognised for their outstanding contribution during the evening.

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s awards ceremony for making it a truly unforgettable night. It’s fantastic to see such a variety of staff from across the Trust and our health and care partners being celebrated and honoured for their ongoing hard work.

“The incredible number of nominations we received for each award are a real testament to the high standards of care being carried out every day across local services, and something that we should all feel very proud to be a part of.

“Well done to everyone who was nominated and shortlisted for an award, and of course to our very deserving winners.”

The winners were:

Innovation and Research Award: Dr Jacqueline Sutton, Associate Specialist for A&E, Furness General Hospital.

Excellence in Patient Safety Award: Laura Healey, Clinical Pharmacist, and Sarah Hamer, Governance Advisor, Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Outstanding Improvement in Patient Experience Award: Alison Nicholson, Kendal Integrated Care Community and Frailty Nurse Specialist.

Going the Extra Mile Award: Rosie Wilkinson, Care Navigator, and Vikki O’Donnell, Care Coordinator, for Barrow Town Integrated Care Community

Student / Trainee of the Year: Adam Railton, Senior Assistant Technical Officer for Pharmacy, Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Inclusion and Diversity Award: Shirley Rigby, Clerical Support for the volunteer service, Westmorland General Hospital

Bay Health and Care Partners (BHCP) – Transformational Change Award: The Regulated Care Sector team – Care Homes Innovation – led by Joann Morse and Margaret Williams

Team of the Year: The Health Records Team, Cross-bay

Leader of the Year: Christopher Wilson, Emergency Department unit manager Furness General Hospital; Leanne Cooper, Associate Director of Operations; Zoe Bell, Pharmacy Technician, Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Star of the Year: Rosie Wilkinson, Care Navigator, and Vikki O’Donnell, Care Coordinator, for Barrow Town Integrated Care Community.

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