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The award winners

Around 130 staff and guests of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust came together to celebrate their 2015 Staff Achievement Awards on Thursday 16th April at Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge.

Hosted by Trust Chairman Aileen McLeish, and Trust Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin, the event began with a champagne afternoon tea before the winners of 10 awards were announced. Aileen opened the event by saying to those staff and guests gathered: “This is an afternoon when we honour those who are outstanding in terms of doing something WOW! for our patients. It is an opportunity to think, too, about what all of our colleagues do for the NHS and our community.”

Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin paid tribute to staff: “It’s a real honour for me to join Aileen and others in making these awards to our staff who do a fantastic job for patients, not just in specific circumstances, but every single day. Some of the nominations we have heard today are truly humbling and I am so proud to lead such a fantastic team. These awards – which are nominations that come from patients as well as staff – are further testimony to the care and dedication of our team and should offer further reassurance to local people of the high standards of care and treatment in our hospitals.”

 

The award winners

Photo of the award winners with Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin (front left), Chairman, Aileen McLeish (back right) and Chief Executive of the WOW Awards, Derek Williams (to the left of Aileen)

 

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was special guest, Derek Williams, Chief Executive of The WOW! Awards. The WOW! Awards is a national recognition scheme which is used by the Trust to capture nominations by patients and staff alike about great customer service at both Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals. This year more than 350 nominations highlighting such achievement were received by the Trust. Derek added: "Throughout the last year, patients of the hospital have made hundreds of nomination for staff who have given outstanding customer service. The nominations have come in for every department; everything from housekeeping and transport to neurophysiology and chaplaincy. ASPH is now standing amongst the very best customer service providers in the world!”

Those nominations were then shortlisted to 35 finalists who were invited to the ceremony along with members of their teams; the Trust Board and senior managers; and special guests, including the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Spelthorne, Cllr Mark Francis and Mrs Catherine Francis; and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Runnymede, Cllr Derek Cotty and Mrs Susan Jones.

 

The winners are as follows:

Volunteer Award: Virginia Smith (who volunteers in paediatrics and A&E at SPH) and Beryl Comer, Dorothy Miller and Pauline Hallaways from Outpatients at Ashford.
Patients First Award: Dhruba Kandel, Housekeeper, Swift Ward
Personal Responsibility Award: Michele Williams, Midwife, Maternity Services
Passion for Excellence Award: Dr Thang Han, Consultant, Diabetes Team
Pride in Our Team Award: Outpatients Physiotherapy Team at both hospital sites
Inspiring Leader Award: Dr James Thomas, Specialty Lead and Consultant in Gynaecology
Unsung Hero Award: Anne Curran, Ward Clerk, Fielding Ward
Chairman’s Award: Honey Redmond, Staff Nurse in ITU
Special Achievement Award: Dr Erica Heppleston, Head of Clinical Pathway Improvement, Corporate Quality Lead
Lifetime Achievement Award: Reverend Judith Allford, Head of Pastoral Care

 

Pictures of the winners and runners-up can be found by clicking here.

 

Rev Judith Allford was the first ever recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of her 20 years’ service to the Trust and citations were read out about her by Trust Chairman, Aileen McLeish on behalf of members of the Trust Board and staff. One citation from Sue Ells, Trust Non-Executive Director, said: “I’ve seen her support patients, staff and the wider community alike with unending commitment and energy. Even in the most challenging of circumstances, Judith has been able to give a sense of comfort, companionship and guidance.”

Judith said after the ceremony: “I was overwhelmed to receive the award and grateful for this hugely generous gesture. If I have achieved anything at all I could not have done so without the support of the Trust, whose leadership has always championed Chaplaincy and amongst whose staff it is such a privilege to work. Most of all, I could not have done it without my colleagues on the wider Chaplaincy team, both staff and volunteers, without whose outstanding commitment the Chaplaincy could not survive. This award is as much about them as about me.”

 

In addition, 11 members of staff were honoured with 25 year service awards and 12 members of staff were honoured with 30 year service awards representing their long service to Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals.

 

The top photo shows Chairman, Aileen McLeish, Chief Executive of the WOW Awards, Derek Williams and Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin

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