The team of NHS staff who are very often behind the scenes yet are a crucial part of ensuring patients coming into hospital get a great experience have been recognised for their achievements in a special awards ceremony organised by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) to recognise Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Teams and support staff.
Physiotherapists, Radiotherapy Physicists and Pharmacists were some of the scientific careers represented at the Trust’s Transforming Healthcare Awards, which highlight the achievements of a range of staff in scientific and professional roles across QMC, City Hospital and Ropewalk House.
Claire Greaves, Chief Scientist at NUH said: “The team at NUH is second-to-none in terms of expertise, compassion, dedication and a driving passion to use their scientific knowledge to provide state-of-the-art patient care. I have seen so many examples of Team NUH pushing the boundaries to develop and introduce new technologies working to directly support patients.”
There were six categories in this year’s awards, which were nominated by NUH staff and judged by patients including the Rising Star Award, Extra Mile Award; the Team Award and the Chief Scientist’s Award, Chief –Allied Health Professional’s Award and the Chief Pharmacist’s Award.
The winners are:
Chief Pharmacist’s Award
ANDREW WIGNELL, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist (Paediatric Critical Care Unit_
Rising Star Award
ALEXANDER WEDEN, Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist
Chief Allied Health Professional’s Award
NICOLE GLASSY, Clinical Specialist Hand Physiotherapist
RADIOTHERAPY PHYSICS TEAM
Chief Scientist’s Award
KENNETH O’DOWD, Imaging Physicist
Extra Mile Award
LIZ JAMIESON, Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner (Adult Critical Care)
These worthy winners were awarded for their many innovations and improvements that are positively impacting on patient care; including producing quicker treatments for people with hand injuries in QMC’s Emergency Department, more effective treatments for those having Radiotherapy and better outcomes for children receiving IV saline fluid.
Tracy Taylor, NUH’s Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have so many exceptional staff working across our hospitals who make up our brilliant ‘Team NUH’. These awards have been such an inspiration, showcasing the exceptional work of those who very often go above and beyond to continually improve our services, innovate with new techniques and always strive to provide the very best care for our patients and their families.
We have over 2,000 Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Teams and support staff who are each vital and valued members of Team NUH.
“Congratulations to all of the winners and to everyone who was shortlisted. I truly am proud to be part of Team NUH.”
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to the worthy winners of the Transforming Healthcare Awards. We are delighted to be able to fund these awards and take the time to recognise and thank the staff who often work behind the scenes at Nottingham’s hospitals, but whose contributions make a world of difference to patient care.”
Held at the Postgraduate Education Centre at Nottingham City Hospital, the awards were funded by the Nottingham Hospitals Charity.