Our staff and volunteers were honoured at an awards ceremony last night.
Individuals and teams from our mental health and physical health care services were praised at the Trust’s OSCARS awards.
The Outstanding Service Contribution and Recognition Scheme (OSCARS) is hosted each year. It recognises and rewards those people who have gone the extra mile to deliver high quality healthcare services across the City and County.
Ten awards were given out during the ceremony, including unsung hero, team of the year and outstanding care and compassion. A total 127 people were nominated by staff, service users and carers, with 34 individuals and teams shortlisted.
This was the thirteenth OSCARS and the second to include an Outstanding Care and Compassion Award, recognising the achievements of someone who goes the extra mile to ensure their service is caring, compassionate and makes a difference to the lives of patients, service users and/or carers. The winner of the award this year was the Adwick Ward Team from Rampton Hospital.
The team’s nominator, a former patient of the ward, said: “The compassion, commitment and excellent nursing care delivered by the team during a time when I was in a very dark place enabled me to start to build trust and realise everyone was working to help me.”
Other individuals and teams to receive accolades on the night included Jonathon Slater, Nurse Psychotherapist also at Rampton Hospital, who won the Innovator of the Year Award. Since qualifying in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Jonathon has developed a number of innovative ideas, all within the challenges of a high secure environment. He was praised on the night, for making CBT for psychosis more accessible within the Trust, and always working with the patient’s experience in mind.
Simone Ritchie, Trainee Assistant Practioner within the Tissue Viability Team won the Unsung Hero Award for a clinical setting. Simone was honoured for her work in implementing the React to Red campaign across Bassetlaw, helping to reduce pressure ulcers amongst care home residents by 55%. She has worked with care homes in Bassetlaw to train staff in pressure ulcer prevention, and to develop a Link Champion Network made up of care home workers able to train their colleagues. A total 800 care home workers have now been trained, and all care homes in the area have at least two React to Red Link Champions.
Ian Tennant, Deputy Director of Forensic Services based at Rampton Hospital, won a Lifetime Achievement Award. During a career of over 35 years, Ian has led a change in culture within Forensic Services to best meet the needs of patients, as well as the lives and careers of others.
The Mother and Baby Unit Team and the Physical Healthcare Team from Rampton Hospital were joint winners of the Team of the Year Award for a clinical setting.
The team at the Mother and Baby Unit were praised for their “enthusiasm, dedication and commitment” in caring for new mums with perinatal mental illness. The team’s nominator, a former patient at the Unit, said: “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been looked after by such a devoted team of professionals – the truly wonderful doctors and nurses at the Unit saved my life.”
The Physical Healthcare Team at Rampton Hospital was honoured for delivering a high standard of care in a complex and often unpredictable environment, and always with the patients’ needs as a priority.
The winner of the Rising Star Award – added to the categories just this year – was Rosy Moore, Environmental Officer based at the Trust’s headquarters at Duncan Macmillan House. Rosy was commended for her work in coordinating and delivering various projects, all aimed at improving the Trust’s environmental performance. Rosy’s nominator noted that, despite having no background in delivering healthcare when she joined the Trust in 2014, Rosy always places patients and services users at the centre of her work.
The OSCARS is delivered with the financial support of sponsorship from a variety of public and private organisations. The headline sponsor for the event is Konica Minolta, who supply the Trust’s printing and copying machines.
Ruth Hawkins, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare comments -
“We were delighted to hold our annual OSCARS event to celebrate and reward our staff for their outstanding achievements. Many congratulations to all the winners.
“It was a wonderful evening and I hope all the shortlisted teams and individuals enjoyed the opportunity to share their successes. Our sincere thanks go to all the sponsors who made this event possible.
“At times of public sector cut backs, it is even more important to recognise and thank our staff and volunteers for the tremendous contribution they make. Their commitment and dedication is truly valued, as shown in the many nominations we received, and makes a real difference to everyone who uses our services.”