NHS Star Awards 2013
NHS Staff Recognised for Being Stars
By Suzanne Shuttleworth
Around 300 people attended the evening which saw five groups and individuals receiving the awards under the categories: Respect, Openness, Improvement, Working Together and Excellence. Each category representing core values within the NHS framework.
Fifteen nominees were shortlisted out of a total of forty and individuals and departments from around the district were put forward by other staff, carers and service users.
Chair of Bradford District Care Trust, Mike Smith said: “What this is about is to say to people, ‘just pause and think about the great work you’re doing’. It illustrates the real breadth of things that happen in this trust and the innovation and inspiration. These people are massively committed to what they do.”
Fiona Parkinson a Senior Podiatrist from the Trust’s foot care specialist team who won the Openness category said they had been up about some tough contenders and were “surprised but delighted” they had won.
“It’s great to win the award.” Said Fiona. “It will spur us on to continue to improve openness. Our next focus will be to look at how we use this service users and carers.”
Simon Large Chief Executive with Bradford District Care Trust said: “We’ve got a whole range of projects where we’re looking at how we can do things differently. It won’t affect the quality of care, but it means we will become more effective and efficient in what we’re doing.
On the subject of the awards Mr Large said: “I’m just bowled over, I’m totally amazed by what our staff continue to do and how they continue to improve what they’re doing. There was a fantastic level of quality this year, but then there always is.”
The winners for each category were: A team led by Children and Family Services who identify children and young people attending A&E not registered with a GP or a school; A speech and language therapist who has developed materials for Eastern European clients; The House Keeping team at Airedale Centre for Mental Health who improve the service users’ environment and two IT systems – one developed by the Human Resources team to support staff queries and another by the Trust’s foot health specialists to communicate more effectively across 40 different work locations.
Bradford District Care Trust provides community health, mental health and social care services for people across the Bradford, Airedale and Craven districts.
The winners of each category received £1000 to put towards improvement or staff initiatives funded by Sovereign Healthcare, one of the main supporters of the awards.
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