Health heroes honoured at annual awards event
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.
The fourth annual Pride of Airedale Awards, which took place on 8 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 250 nominations were received for the 15 award categories, which included Team of the Year and two new categories this year for Apprentice of the Year and the Special Pride Award.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“The Awards are the highlight of my year, and over the past four years they have gone from strength to strength as people increasingly want to show their appreciation and admiration of their colleagues by nominating them for an award. This year we have had over 250 nominations which is absolutely incredible. Every nominee should be very proud because they were nominated by the people they work alongside, who see them achieving great things all day every day– even when times are hard and the pressure is on. This is a testament to the innovation, dedication and creativity of our people that, for me, defines Airedale.”
The awards are part of a double celebration this year as the NHS reaches its 70th birthday, and NHS organisations across the country are planning events to commemorate the launch of the NHS on 5 July 1948.
“70 years later here we all are, playing our part in the best healthcare service in the world. It is a year to be proud of everything we and the wider NHS stands for.”
The unsung hero category was won by Jackie Jopson from Keighley, who is a housekeeper on ward 6 at the hospital. She was described as cheerful, kind and helpful, and a credit to Airedale for her work to improve dementia care on the ward. Jackie was very surprised to receive the award; “I was delighted to have been nominated and am really proud to get this award. I’ve been on ward 6 for three years now – they’re a great team and I love my job.”
Vicki Barlow, from Kildwick, was named as colleague of the year. Vicki, who is part of the trauma and orthopaedics team and her nomination said that although she has taken on numerous roles and tasks without being asked she remains a nurse at heart and patient care is her top priority. She said; “I was really surprised when they called my name out, and I feel honoured to be named colleague of the year. I just can’t believe it! I’d like to thank Mr Gethin Thomas for nominating me.”
Amy Williams from the Emergency Department won Apprentice of the Year, and was described as positive, enthusiastic, genuine and trustworthy. Amy, from Keighley, said: ““I feel so overwhelmed to have won apprentice of the year, and privileged to know that people had nominated me.”
Julia Nixon from Burley-in-Wharfedale was named as leader of the year after receiving an incredible eight nominations from colleagues across the Trust. An advanced care practitioner, Julia has been instrumental in developing the Ambulatory Care Unit into a thriving service and was described as compassionate, a great role model and by all her nominators as ‘the best leader they have ever worked for’. Julia was surprised but delighted with her award; “I am very shocked – I don’t think I do anything more than any others. I love what I do and I love Team Airedale; the people here really care and you can make things happen”.
A special Pride award was given to Afruj Ruf from Keighley, Managing Director of Integrated Pathology Solutions at the Trust, who has worked hard over the last two years to get a pathology joint venture up and running between Airedale and Bradford Teaching Hospitals. He said: “This is wonderful recognition. I am privileged to have a fantastic team who worked incredibly hard to tight timescales to deliver the joint venture project. This award is really for them.”
Every member of staff winning a monthly pride of Airedale award over the past 12 months was put forward to be judged for the Annual Pride of Airedale award. This year it was won by Danielle Stoneley from Keighley, who is part of the Frail Elderly team. She said, “When I found out I’d been nominated, it was a nice feeling to know I had been recognised, but I really didn’t expect to win! It’s really down to the team I’m in and the amazing people I work with. Our team leader Sara Robinson is really good and brings out the best in everyone.”
The Outstanding Patient Experience award was named after Trust volunteer Isobel Scarborough who died last year and presented by her husband Michael, who gave a moving speech. It was won by Lynsey Nicholson, the Trust’s patient experience manager. Lynsey, from Shipley, said, “I’m really humbled to be the winner of this award. I’m so proud to feel part of a wider Airedale family working with all these wonderful people.”
Generous donations from sponsors fully funded the event and the Trust is grateful to Sovereign Healthcare, Bookers Wholesale, Farmhouse Biscuits, Candelisa, Wooler, Hempsons, Rotary Club Skipton, Miller Homes, the Staff Lottery and the Friends of Airedale, with the main sponsors being the Rendezvous Hotel.
Nick Parker, Director of Human Resources at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our annual awards are a way to say thank you to all our staff for the amazing work they do every day, and to celebrate our many successes from what has been a challenging 12 months. The tributes to our winners that we hear on the night are incredibly uplifting. 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 2018 Pride of Airedale Annual Award winners are:
- Annual Pride – Danielle Stoneley, Frail Elderly team
- Special Pride Award – Afruj Ruf, Pathology
- Improving Quality for Right Care – Community Advanced Practitioners – Community IV Pathway
- Colleague of the Year – Victoria Barlow, Trauma & Orthopaedics
- Ward of the Year – Ward 5 (stroke)
- Team of the Year – Children’s Therapy
- Outstanding Support (Corporate Services) – Income and Information Team
- Unsung Hero – Jackie Jopson, Ward 6
- Innovation & Technology Award – Stammering Therapy
- Outstanding Patient Care/Experience – Lynsey Nicholson, Patient Experience Manager
- Improving Staff Experience – Respect and Dignity Campaign Team
- Volunteer of the Year – Voluntary Guides
- Out of Hospital Care Award – Community Advanced Practitioners – Community IV Pathway
- Leader of the Year – Julia Nixon, Ambulatory Care Unit
- Apprentice of the Year – Amy Williams, Emergency Department