Celebrating excellence 

04/03/2013 00:00 

UCLH celebrated the fantastic work of its staff at an awards ceremony held last week.

Rebecca Jarman, staff nurse, with her award for Kindness

Rebecca Jarman, staff nurse, with her award for Kindness

Compassionate nurses and nursing assistants, dedicated clinical researchers and inspiring mentors and trainers were among the wide range of winners honoured at the inaugural UCLH Celebrating Excellence Awards. The awards are funded by UCLH Charity.

Broadcaster Jon Snow, who hosted the event, said UCLH meant a lot to him after he was treated in A&E when he fell off his bike. He said he was treated 'absolutely superbly' by an experienced team in a department that had a 'real sense of community'.

He added: "How many award ceremonies could you go to where every single one of the winners could be so articulate about what they do and so grateful for the team in which they work?"

The winners were selected from hundreds of staff who had been nominated by colleagues.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, praised the 'fantastic leaders who have been on this stage'.

He said: "I am really proud to be chief executive of this organisation. Sitting here listening to fantastic achievements of everybody nominated, and in particular those who have won, makes me proud to be here. I had great pleasure today in showing one of the new health ministers around the Trust. When he left he said to me 'why can't all hospitals be like this?' That emphasises what I think about UCLH."

The winners:

Living the values awards

  • Safety: Rosalyn Gutierrez for "embracing the WHO safety checklist and ensuring every member of the multidisciplinary team is on board."
  • Kindness: Rebecca Jarman " the living embodiment of the nurse you would want as the advocate for your own family member"
  • Teamwork: The RNTNEH Medical Records team who worked "above and beyond all expectation" to ensure the smooth transfer from the Royal Free to UCLH.
  • Improving: Dr Chris McCullough “works with colleagues to implement improvements in a collaborative way”

Contribution to our vision awards

  • Contribution to world class research: Professor Derek Yellon, Mr Shyam Kolvekar, Dr Malcolm Walker & the teams at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute and The Heart Hospital. “Their collaborative research has succeeded in taking discoveries from laboratory-based studies to elegant randomised studies in patients”
  • Chairman’s Medal for Excellence in Education and Training, nursing and midwifery category: Helen O'Toole “a highly motivated and committed nurse who is passionate about education”
  • Chairman's Medal for Excellence in Education and Training, medical and dental category: Dr Christian Hasford "an unstinting champion of excellent, high standard one to one teaching."
  • Top-quality Patient Care: The Gwyneth Griffiths Award: Elaine Thorpe and the Critical Care Team

The RNTNEH Medical Records team who received the award for teamwork

The RNTNEH Medical Records team who received the award for teamwork

Going above and beyond awards

  • Chief Executive's Outstanding Leadership Award: Dr Charles House  "should be held up as a model divisional clinical director who leads a service forward, putting patient care at the heart of what we do."
  • Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Anthony Goldstone
  • Chief Nurse's Prize: Rebecca Mortimer “for leading and inspiring a team of nurses and the multi disciplinary team”
  • Best UCLH Trained Newly Qualified Nurse - Supported by the UCH Nurses' League: Joanna Porca " is a nurse that I would be very grateful to have looking after one of my family."
  • UCH Nurses’ League - Christine Harcourt-Smith Awards: Nursing Assistant of the Year: Daniel Biely "excellent at developing a good rapport with patients and carers“
  • UCH Nurses’ League - Christine Harcourt-Smith Awards: Registered Nurse Mentor of the Year: Sofie Walker “has empowered and built confidence in me, always ensures patient and my own safety.”
  • Going the Extra Mile – Volunteer Award: Rose Lee who "amazes and inspires new volunteers, and with her wealth of experience and quiet confidence helps them to realise their own potential."

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