Staff recognised for exemplary work ethic 

16/02/2016 00:00 
Midwives, nurses, housekeepers, surgeons, a security manager, researchers and volunteers were among those recognised for their superb work in living the UCLH values at the annual Celebrating Excellence Awards.

Chairman Richard Murley described the evening as ‘a standout moment in the UCLH year’.

‘It enables us to pause at a busy time and celebrate the outstanding contributions of colleagues across our hospitals. We recognise the great work of all of our finalists with pride,” he commented.

The ceremony at The Landmark Hotel, generously supported by UCLH Charity, was hosted by Camden councillor Frank Dobson, a former MP and Secretary of State for Health who described it as ‘an honour’ to be invited.

"I would like to express my gratitude for all the care and treatment people have received at this great hospital, that I have received personally , that my family and my constituents have received."

Hundreds of nominations were received and the finalists were shortlisted from a joint panel made up of patient governors, non-executive and executive directors. You can find out more about those colleagues who made the final shortlist here.

Chief nurse Flo Panel-Coates, who was one of the judges, said: “It was my first Celebrating Excellence Awards ceremony and it was wonderful to see such a mix of staff from so many different areas – non-clinical and clinical.

“The standard of nominations was very high – it’s clear that UCLH is full of people who work very hard and strive to be the best they can be. It was really tough for the panel choosing the shortlist and the final winners.

“Thank you to everyone for taking the time to nominate colleagues and for those who helped make the evening such a success, in particular the Staff Experience Team for organising the event and UCLH Charity for funding it. It was so lovely – I am still smiling days later!”

Chief executive Sir Robert Naylor said he felt 'humbled' listening to the winners' achievements. "Thanks to everyone who makes UCLH such a fantastic organisation. I am proud of you and proud of ALL our staff."

Susie Lagrata, clinical nurse specialist at Queen Square, won the Top Quality Patient Care Award.

The list of winners were:

Values awards

  • Safety -- Kwaku Kyei, housekeeper, Paediatrics and Adolescents
  • Kindness -- Georgina Fox, midwife, Women's Health
  • Teamwork -- Westmoreland theatres team, Theatres and Anaesthetics
  • Improving -- Dr Nadia Raja, consultant, Medical Specialties

Patient Nominated - Living the Values Award (clinical staff)

  • Mr David Choi, consultant neurosurgeon, Queen Square

Patient Nominated - Living the Values Award (non-clinical staff)

  • Jackeline Simpkin, PALS and bereavement lead, Patient Affairs

Top Quality Patient Care

  • Susie Lagrata, clinical nurse specialist, Queen Square

Chairman’s Medal for Excellence in Education and Training

  • Nikita Hill, clinical nurse specialist, Corporate Nursing

Junior Doctor Award

  • Tom Bishop, Theatres and Anaesthetics

Contribution to World-class Research Award

  • Dr Hashim Ahmed and the Prostate Cancer Team

Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award

  • Mo Islam, security manager

Going the Extra Mile

  • Volunteer Award -- Judith Biddlestone, volunteer

Chief Nurse’s Prize

  • Dean Morris, charge nurse, Queen Square

Chief Executive's Leadership Award

  • Jonathan Gardner, programme director, cancer

Chairman’s Achievement Award

  • Alison Clements, head of operations and performance, Medicine Board

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