Hospital seeks nominations for its annual People’s Choice Award for community staff
Last year Sue Tucker (right) won the People’s Choice Award in Great Western Hospital Foundation Trust’s annual staff excellence awards. She works as an antenatal and newborn screening coordinator with the hospital’s community health services.
Sue was nominated by a couple who said she had given them support well beyond what they expected when they lost their baby.
Now GWH is asking again for nominations from patients and service users across Wiltshire who have experienced great care from the Trust’s community staff. These services include community hospitals, community and neighbourhood nurses, care coordinators, therapists and staff in the services for children and young people.
Oonagh Fitzgerald, the director of staffing at GWH, believes the awards are a great way to celebrate successes to which staff contribute so much: “In a busy NHS Trust we don’t always get the chance to step back and reflect on the difference our staff make to people’s lives.”
“This is why I think the People’s Choice Award is particularly special; it’s a chance for patients and service users, their relatives or their friends to acknowledge those teams or individual members of staff who have gone the extra mile for them, and a chance for our Trust to formally recognise them.”
Judges, including a patient representative, will select a shortlist from the nominations received from the public and all those shortlisted will be invited to the awards ceremony in June at the STEAM museum in Swindon where the winners will be announced.
You only have to listen to Sue Tucker to know it is worth taking the time to make a nomination: “I was so pleased to win: it was a real honour to be nominated. It validates what you do on a daily basis when someone going through a difficult time makes the decision to nominate you.”