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