Annual staff awards celebration
Dedicated healthcare heroes have been honoured at a special awards event to celebrate the outstanding work done every day by staff at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – and it was Specialist Nurse Pat Dyminksi, the driving force behind the new mobile cancer unit, who swept the board, winning three awards for her work.
The fifth annual Pride of Airedale Awards, which took place on 15 March at the Rendez-Vous Hotel in Skipton, aim to recognise staff who do their utmost to look after those in the local community, whether caring directly for patients or behind the scenes providing vital support. Around 350 guests attended the event which included the awards ceremony, reception, dinner and a disco.
Over 270 nominations were received for the 11 award categories, which included Team of the Year, Unsung Hero and the Isobel Scarborough Award for Outstanding Patient Experience.
Brendan Brown, chief executive at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“This was my first experience of the Pride of Airedale awards. The stories we have heard about our people going the extra mile to support patients, families and their own colleagues have been incredible; I am proud of everyone who has been nominated. I was touched by the commitment of our teams, and in seeing how our colleagues have developed and fulfilled their potential within their roles.”
Winner – Ward 4 – Ward of the Year
Winner of the ward of the year was ward 4, the elderly care ward. They were selected in recognition of their commitment to high standards of care and keeping patients safe.
Senior Sister Sarah Irving was in shock: “This award is down to teamwork. We work hard and do our best in what can sometimes be very difficult circumstances, and we all look after each other. This award is for the entire team and I’m really proud of them all.”
Winner – Ridhdhi Desai – Colleague of the Year
Ridhdhi was described as “extremely hard working, professional and passionate about dietetics, making sure our patients get the right care at the right time.” Her nomination said: “Her determination and scrutiny of detail will improve the lives of many of our community patients.”
Ridhdhi, from Alwoodley in Leeds, said: “I’m speechless! I love my job: I’m lucky to have a great manager and team, and I wake up every morning looking forward to coming to work. To win an award for doing a job I enjoy is amazing”.
Winner – Kirsty Suleman – Apprentice of the Year
Kirsty won the award because of her “can do attitude and for the initiative she has shown – especially in developing a support package for carers, which was her own idea and implementation.” Her nomination said: “She certainly knows the meaning of the phrase “making every contact count”.
Kirsty, from Skipton, was an apprentice health care support worker and has now moved on to the Trust’s nursing associates development programme, working with the district nursing teams in Craven. She said: “I’m so proud to win this award, and proud to be working with the district nurses, they’re amazing and they make a massive difference to people’s lives”.
Winner – Shakeel Rashid – Unsung Hero
Shakeel won the award because “He continues to show hard work and dedication, going the extra mile.” His nomination said: “Shakeel is well respected, seen as supportive and approachable and provides an excellent role model for the team.”
Shakeel, from Skipton, said: “I’m overwhelmed by the award – I did a double take when my name was called out! I never expected to win. It’s great to be recognised and the credit should go to my managers who have supported me to develop my role.”
Winner – Jenny Nolan – Leader of the Year
Jenny Nolan is Lead Nurse in Critical Care and her nomination said: “She is fair and has high integrity. Jenny has full trust and is justifiably popular with her staff. Jenny is happy to roll up her sleeves and muck in to any situation across the Trust and continues to drive forward, leading from the front.”
Jenny said: “I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated and didn’t expect to win it. It is very much a team effort, I’ve got a lovely bunch of people around me so I’m accept it on behalf of everyone in the unit!”
Winner – Dr Emily Jackson – Annual Pride Award
Dr Emily Jackson works in orth-geriatrics and her nomination said: “Emily started working at Airedale in 2017 and immediately began work on a quality improvement project regarding the use of SystmOne for safer patient hand over. Emily goes above and beyond in her role in orthogeriatrics, taking everything in her stride and even finds time to work in the Emergency Department at the weekend.”
Winner – Volunteer of the year
This category was won by David and Margaret Anthony, volunteers with Friends of Airedale. Their nomination said “their caring and helpful dispositions are always evident through their caring attitude’ and continues “They cover shifts at short notice and in all weathers. Their help is priceless.”
Eileen Proud, President of the Friends of Airedale said: “It was a great honour for David and Margaret, they were absolutely thrilled that they were the volunteers of the year . I was delighted too because they work so hard for us and they are ‘front of house’ which is always the beginning of the experience of the hospital.”
Winner – Team of the Year
The team of the year category was won by the bereavement midwifery team. Their nomination described how they “rise above adversity and transform a sad event into a beautiful memory. The team recognized the isolation and emptiness felt by bereaved parents and formed the Sunbeam Support Group, which brings together families who have incurred miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal losses to share memories of their cherished babies.”
Pat Dyminski – winner of three awards: The Excellence in Innovation Award, the Isobel Scarborough Award for Outstanding Patient Experience and the Partnership Award.
Pat, from Low Utley, was gobsmacked to win three awards: “I am completely overwhelmed – to get awards for doing a job I love is humbling. I work with some amazing people who give me lots of support and I couldn’t have done it without them”.
Pat won the Partnership Award with patient service manager Ian Donoghue, from Skipton. Ian said: “Partnership working is what it’s all about. The only way we could have ever got the mobile cancer care unit set up is by several partners coming together with their different skillsets and a shared vision of providing the best possible care for our patients”.
Generous donations from sponsors fully funded the event and the Trust is grateful to Hempsons, Davric, Taskmaster, Sovereign Health, Farmhouse Biscuits, PhysioMed, the staff lottery, Friends of Airedale and the Rendezvous Hotel.
Nick Parker, Director of Human Resources and Workforce at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our annual Pride of Airedale awards are one of the ways we are able to say thank you to our people for the great work they do every day to care for patients and our local population. It’s a great opportunity for people right across the Trust to come together and celebrate the achievements of colleagues. I’d like to thank our sponsors for helping to make this event happen and make it a really special night for the nominees and award winners. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.”
The 2019 Pride of Airedale Annual Award winners are:
- Partnership Award – Ian Donoghue, Service Manager & Pat Dyminski, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Haematology and Oncology Day Unit
- Excellence in Innovation Award – Pat Dyminski
- Outstanding Patient Care/Experience – Pat Dyminski
- Colleague of the Year – Ridhdhi Desai, Senior Dietitian
- Ward of the Year – Ward 4
- Team of the Year – Bereavement Midwifery Team
- Annual Pride – Dr Emily Jackson, Ortho-geriatrics
- Unsung Hero – Shakeel Rashid, Senior Business Intelligence Developer, Information Services
- Volunteer of the Year – David & Margaret Anthony, Friends of Airedale
- Apprentice of the Year – Kirsty Suleman, Trainee Nurse Associate
- Leader of the Year – Jenny Nolan, Lead Nurse, Critical Care