Celebration of Excellence – the winners

Local hospital heroes were celebrated last Thursday, 14th November, as the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust held its annual Celebration of Excellence awards. Designed to give recognition and thanks to the many, many members of the hospital team who give outstanding levels of patient care, the awards encompass doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers.

We also celebrated 45 colleagues across the Trust who have been with the Trust for more than 25 years and a very special group of 15 volunteers who have also been supporting our patients for over 20 years.

Nick Carver, chief executive said:  “So many of our team deserve recognition and reward for the wonderful work they do to support patients.  Those nominated for our staff awards – by both colleagues and members of the public – make such a tremendous difference to people’s lives.  They are truly amongst the best.’

2.Fractured Neck of Femure Team

Of the many wonderful people celebrated on the evening, one of the QEII hospital’s teams really stands out. The team treating people with broken hips on Princes Wing is made up of a dedicated group who have improved the way specialist staff work together. It means that patients get to theatre quicker, start to get better faster and go home sooner. Patients and their families feel more involved in their care and – put simply – we’re saving more lives.

Sew Dementia Award

Another winning team, the Sew Dementia group, took home a Volunteers Award. The group is made up of a dedicated team of volunteer seamstresses who produce the most beautiful activity blankets for patients with dementia. They can help an agitated patient become calmer and be comforted, which can reduce wandering, reducing the risk of falls and making the ward a calmer place to be.

9.Jo Gohil

Jo Gohil (on the right of the photo) is a senior chemotherapy sister at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and was one of the Public Nomination winners. We received 68 nominations from the public. One patient’s daughter said, ‘My mother is currently being treated for cancer, and Jo has been brilliant throughout!  At times, especially when things have been difficult, she has been great with my mum; they’ve shared a joke and laughed.  Jo makes everyone feel at ease and we can’t thank her enough.’

The midwifery-led team in the Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit at the Lister hospital was a winner of the Trust’s3.MLU Patient Experience Award. The midwifery-led unit (or MLU) is focussed on putting the woman and her family at the centre, working in partnership to bring about a fulfilling and positive birth experience. Since its opening in October 2011 over 2,600 babies have been born in the MLU and the level of satisfaction from women and their families regarding their care has improved hugely.

Find out more about our staff awards including photos from the night and a full list of winners.