Staff Excellence Awards 2014

Each year our Staff Excellence Awards are held to recognise outstanding colleagues who deserve special recognition for consistently providing quality care for all.

Staff Excellence Awards 2014 was another record breaking year with more than 180 nominations received from patients, visitors and colleagues from across the Trust.

The winners

The winners of this year's Staff Excellence Awards were announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 23 October at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex. More than 300 colleagues attended the evening, hosted by Stewart Nicholson from Mansfield 103.2.


Chris McFarlane Award

Chris Nash, Specialist Physiotherapist, Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team, King's Mill Hospital

Physiotherapist Chris Nash was seconded as Team Leader of the Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team covering a period of maternity leave. He worked with team members to streamline their shift patterns so that therapists, nurses and care assistants were at work together at all times and able to treat patients whenever needed. The number of return trips to 'base' was reduced, allowing staff more time out in the community delivering care.

Caseloads and journeys were also carefully planned to ensure minimal travel time between patient visits. As a result, the average therapy session has been increased from 24 to 38 minutes. Chris was able to ensure the team delivered a better quality service to patients during a time of increased referrals to the service and a reduction in staffing levels.


Improvement Award

Stuart Shaw and Team, Ward 36, King's Mill Hospital

Stuart took on the role of acting ward leader at short notice to support and lead the team and Ward 36. He quickly established himself as a strong visible leader stabilising the ward and raising standards and quality within the ward. In addition Stuart put himself forward to set up, run and lead the discharge round within his ward. Stuart’s enthusiasm and drive quickly made the discharge lounge a success, with ever increasing number of patients going through the service.

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Quality Care Award

Kerry Smith, Ward Leader/Practice Development Matron, Ward 21, King's Mill Hospital

Kerry has proven herself to be one of our most influential and inspiring ward leaders during the years she led the team on ward 21. She led the way to creating a caring and effective team to provide high quality care for patients admitted as surgical emergencies. She demonstrated a real 'can do' attitude and her personal style was always warm and encouraging, which both staff and patients benefitted from. Her commitment to nursing has been further demonstrated by her decision to return to KMH after her retirement to continue her career as one of the Trust’s new Practice Development Nurses.

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Team of the Year Award

Morgan Thanigasalam and the VitalPAC Training Team

The VitalPAC team has provided support and training to staff on the wards and they have worked around the clock to ensure staff have received appropriate training. Despite the challenges the team has ensured that all staff feel competent and that all the benefits of using the VitalPAC system are clear.

The system is now very popular with health care workers as it means there is less paperwork and the appropriate escalation is automatically prompted. Without the VitalPAC team this project would not have been a success. The commitment and drive from the team has been proven by the effective roll-out of the system across all wards at King’s Mill Hospital to improve patient safety. staffing levels.

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Unsung Hero Award

Sue Widdison, Receptionist, Ward 35, King's Mill Hospital

This year Sue has again acted far beyond the specification of her role. She is such a valued member of staff and is thought of very highly by all who know her within the hospital. Sue is always quick to welcome people to the ward with a cheery hello and an offer of tea and biscuits.

She has even washed the clothes of patients who have no one to support them so they can go home in something clean and warm. She has accompanied patients on transport to their new destination if they are alone and frightened, and represents the ward at funeral services of patients who have sadly passed away. This means so much to families and the feedback they have given about Sue is always exceptional. She is quite simply one in a million and a whirlwind of efficiency.

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Volunteer of the Year Award

Freda Jones, Volunteer, Maternity, King's Mill Hospital

Freda is a retired midwife who volunteers on the maternity ward once a week. She is very reliable and hard working. Freda uses her initiative and cheers the place up with her dry humour and stories of midwifery as she knew it. Freda will come in to support the team at the drop of a hat if needed and the ward staff cannot thank her enough.

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People's Award (voted for by members of the public)

Marc Abel, Healthcare Assistant, Emergency Department, King's Mill Hospital

Marc received two nominations that really highlight the care and compassion he shows on a daily basis. He is a fantastic asset to the team, constantly going the extra mile to put the needs of his patients first.

One nomination said:

“Mark has a fantastic way of communicating, he showed interest, compassion and warmth and seeing my son wearing a football kit went on to talk about football and engaged at his level. Recognising my son’s age he changed his language so that my son could relate to him. His personality is not something that can easily be taught, his tone was warm and his talk interesting and he was able to take both our minds of the situation.”

Another nomination said:

“Marc looked after my little girl when she broke her elbow. The care towards her and the trust that he built with her meant she was calm and not too upset as she is only five years old. Marc made the traumatic experience for a little girl so much easier he really went out of his way and showed care to Jessica beyond his role. It just went to show that Marc takes his role as a healthcare assistant very seriously and is a credit to the department.”

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