The team of NHS staff who are very often behind the scenes of patient care have been recognised for their achievements in the first awards ceremony of its kind, organised by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH).
The awards are designed to highlight the remarkable achievements of Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists and Pharmacists in transforming healthcare at NUH. It showcased how staff have innovated and improved services for patients across QMC, City Hospital and Ropewalk House.
Claire Greaves, Chief Scientist at NUH said: “Healthcare scientists support all aspects of prevention, diagnostics and therapy and are integral to modern medicine. 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 healthcare scientists 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 patient representatives were on the judging panel choosing the winners of each category, including the Rising Star Award recognising young talent; the Pharmacy Team Award and the Chief Scientist’s Award.
Anna Bangiri, Radiotherapy Physicist and Rachel Clements, Superintendent Therapy Radiographer at Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre, were part of the winning team for the ‘Team Award’ category.
Anna Bangiri who accepted the award on behalf of Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre said: “It was a great honour to be a finalist let alone to win the Team Award on behalf of the Radiotherapy Centre. These awards are an excellent way of recognising the hard work and achievements of health professionals at NUH. At the beginning of the year we launched a project introducing Stereotactic Radiotherapy Services to the East Midlands, from this we have created access to a variety of ways that will help improve patient care, including introducing virtual clinics for patients – which has enabled us to provide care closer to home for patients with brain metastases. I am extremely proud of my team’s achievements and the awards are a fantastic tribute to all of our efforts.”
Winners from all categories include:
Pharmacy Team Award
John Guest for the Pharmacy Messenger project
Rising Star Award
Kate Barnett - Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist
Allied Health Professionals Award
Nicola Hands, Senior Occupational Therapist
Rachel Isles, Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist
Chief Scientist’s Award
Sofia Kordolaimi – Radiotherapy Physicist
Extra Mile Award
Katie Tague - Dietetic Technician
Anna Bangiri, Radiotherapy Physicist
Rachel Clements, Superintendent Therapy Radiographer
The Transforming Healthcare Awards were held at the Postgraduate Education Centre at Nottingham City Hospital, the ceremony was funded by the Nottingham Hospitals Charity and hosted by Tracy Taylor and NUH’s Deputy Medical Director, Dave Selwyn.
Tracy Taylor, NUH’s Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have so many exceptional staff working across our hospitals that make up our brilliant ‘Team NUH’. The 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 strives to provide the very best care for our patients and their families. Thank you to you all.”
Tracy added: “Congratulations to all of the winners and to everyone who was shortlisted. I truly am proud to be part of Team NUH.