Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust celebrated local heroes at its ‘Striving for Excellence’ Awards last night, hosted by Spire FM’s Martin Starke and the Editor of the Salisbury Journal, Bill Browne.
There were eight award categories in all, with over 100 individual nominations made by staff of the hospital. The awards reflect the hospital’s core values and behaviours and provide an opportunity to recognise the fantastic contribution that staff make to our hospital, patients and the local community.
The awards recognised staff from across the hospital, both clinical and non-clinical, who work hard to ensure the smooth running of the hospital 24 hours a day. One winner on the night, for the ‘Patient Centred and Safe’ award, was the hospital’s housekeeping team who were recognised for performing more than 200 extra cleaning duties, allowing the hospital to remain open and treat all its patients during last year’s major incident. In the words of their nominator this team "Put their fears to one side, trusted the experts and undertook the job they are proud to do - and did this to contribute to the recovery and care for patients."
Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive at Salisbury District Hospital said, "Congratulations to all the winners and to all those who were nominated at last night’s ceremony. It was lovely to hear all the lovely stories of the amazing work our staff are doing to provide an outstanding experience for our patients. I want to thank our staff for all their efforts. I also want to thank the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends for fully funding our awards this year and their loyalty and commitment to us over so many years. The ceremony would not be possible without them."
David Stratton, Chairman of the League of Friends commented, "The League of Friends are proud to be able to support an event which celebrates the achievements of the hospital’s amazing staff. The League of Friends fund around a dozen projects every year that make a difference to patients and visitors to the hospital. This is only possible thanks to the generous donations to our charity from the community."
The award categories and winners are as follows:
Chairman’s Outstanding Contribution
The winner of this award was Angela Conway, the hospital’s named nurse for Safeguarding Children who is highly motivated, has consistently high standards and, in the words of the nominator, "always puts the child or young person at the centre of everything and never loses sight of them."
Chief Executive Award
Chosen for her selfless leadership and for constantly putting others before herself, the winner was Susan Oldfield, Administration Co-ordinator.
Living the Values - Friendly
For showing kindness and sensitivity towards her patients in the Critical Care Unit, our winner of the friendly award was Sarah Clarke, Senior Sister.
Living the Values – Patient Centered and Safe
For performing more than 200 extra cleaning duties, allowing the hospital to remain open and treat all its patients during last year’s major incident, the winner was the hospital’s Housekeeping team.
Living the Values – Responsive
The winner of this award was the Medical Devices team, for their rapid response to equipment repair and loan requests.
Living the Values - Professional
The winner of this award was Stephanie Fear, Specialist Nurse Practitioner, for her role in training and implementing the new breast reconstruction nipple tattooing service.
For her genuine commitment to her student’s growth and self-confidence, the winner of this award was Jasmin Schwender, Senior Sister.
Governors’ Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to the hospital’s pharmacy volunteers – in the words of their nominator they are "All are very friendly, caring and super enthusiastic. Nothing is too much trouble for them and I routinely see them going above and beyond."