The finest staff at Worthing Hospital were honoured last Thursday (September 4th) including ‘the perfect sister’ Gerthy Albano of Coombes Ward for her exemplary care shown to patients.
Also honoured was the highest-scoring maternity team in the country, the dementia volunteers transforming patient experience and the staff nurse who went to extraordinary lengths to comfort her dying patient.
These were just some of the Worthing-based staff who were winners at the Trust’s Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) awards celebrating the very best of the NHS, held at Fontwell Park racecourse.
It was the fifth such awards ceremony held by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the biggest yet – with a record number of teams among the 140 nominations, each asking for Trust staff to be recognised for their skill, their compassion, and their commitment.
Among the winners and runners-up were housekeepers and administrative staff to frontline nurses and doctors, healthcare assistants and hospital volunteers, to name just a few.
There were 10 award categories, including eight which are intended to reward staff who support the Trust’s vision “We Care”: Caring for Patients; Delivering Quality; Safety; Ambition; Serving Local People; Improvement; Hospital Hero, and Partnership Working.
In addition there was the overall Employee of the Year Award, and the Chairman’s Award which went to the A&E Departments at Worthing and St Richard’s. The emergency teams see more than 400 people each day, and their departments are the best-performing in the region.
Trust Chief Executive Marianne Griffiths said: “People who work in the NHS excel at many things, with one notable exception – they tend to be terrible at taking praise for the amazing difference they make to people’s lives.
“Time and again I hear our nominees say that they are ‘just doing their job’, but these awards recognise those people who do so much more than can be expected of them, and who deliver something exceptional as if it is the most normal thing in the world.
“Our hospitals employ some truly incredible people, who care for patients when they are vulnerable, and who are prepared to do whatever they can to support their colleagues – in short, the best of the NHS.”
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust employs more than 6,000 people, and nominations were made by both staff, patients, visitors and stakeholders.
Each winner received a glass STAR award, a framed certificate, a bottle of champagne and £100 to use within their department. Individual winners also receive an extra day’s leave. The event was funded by the Love Your Hospital charity.
Worthing Hospital winners and shortlisted runners-up were:
Caring for Patients – Winner: Sister Gerthy Albano, Coombes Ward. Runners-up: Nadine Greig, Oncology Nurse Specialist and Sister Sheila Cullis, Buckingham Ward.
Delivering Quality -Winner: Sister Lynda Naftel, Becket Ward. Runners-up: Breast Screening Service.
Patient Safety – Winner: Clinical Effectiveness Maternity Team. Runners-up: Christian Chadwick, Women & Children’s Paediatrician Pharmacist.
Ambition – Winner: Dr Rowena Remorino, Consultant General Paediatrician. Runners-up: Mr Shafique Sajid, Speciality Doctor, Surgery and Eastbrook Team, Pharmacy.
Serving Local People – Winners (joint): Knowing Me Volunteers and Debbie King, Hearing Therapist, Audiology, Runners-up: Dr Tom Saunders & Dr Jackie Pace, Community Geriatricians.
Improvement – Runners-up: Jenny Young, Paediatric Staff Nurse, Day Surgery.
Partnership – Winner: Nursery Nurses. Runners-up: James Muggeridge, Senior Communications Officer and A&E Department.
Hospital Hero – Runners-up: Sister Sam Jackson, Brooklands Ward.
Employee of the Year – Winner: Rosemary Campbell, Staff Nurse, Buckingham Ward.
Chairman’s Award – Winner: A&E Department.
Pictured: ‘Perfect Sister’ Gerthy Albano (second from right)