The Staff Awards were last held in 2019, here are the winners and their stories.
Colleague of the Year
Winner – Kathryn Rice, clinical lead occupational therapist, Ipswich community.
Kathryn wants to improve the patient experience and rehabilitation of bariatric patients. She is passionate about equity and dignity for these patients and spends much time sourcing equipment to help them get home sooner.
Highly commended – Dr Harriet Roebuck, palliative care consultant, Colchester Hospital.
We often talk about improving the mental wellbeing of our colleagues, but it takes the action of colleagues like Dr Roebuck to really make a difference. She has been instrumental in setting up the ‘Talk to Sophie’ programme for doctors in need of support. And she is committed to helping junior doctors resolve both personal and work-related problems.
Trainee of the Year
Winner – Beth Leggett, student therapeutic radiographer, Ipswich Hospital.
It has been an outstanding first year in clinical practice for Beth. The Ipswich Hospital radiotherapy team has been ‘blown away’ by Beth’s compassion and patients often seek her out for support and help.
Highly commended – Dr Catherine Dakin, trainee doctor, Colchester Hospital.
Catherine is an NHS leader of the future. She works tirelessly to make sure patients are kept safe and all the shift’s jobs are complete. As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, she is also heavily involved in the Colchester Hospital junior doctors’ forum and contributes to quality improvement projects.
Team of the Year
Winner – Speech and Language Therapy team, Ipswich and East Suffolk.
They help patients with swallowing and communication needs. It’s been a big year for them. Highlights include improving services for stroke, radiotherapy and dementia patients, and setting up a ‘voice banking’ scheme for patients with motor neurone disease. This scheme means people can continue to speak with their own voice even when they can’t physically talk.
Highly commended – Short Term Assessment Reablement and Rehabilitation Centre, based at Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich. They show what a true transformation looks like. The team has changed Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich from a community hospital to a short stay rehabilitation service – admissions and discharges have doubled and patients’ length of stay has fallen by more than half. Their success is thanks to staff of all professions working towards the same goal.
Supporter of the Year
Winner – Victoria Plumridge, Colchester cancer services user group volunteer, and cancer support group volunteer.
Victoria works tirelessly to make sure cancer patients’ voices are heard as she is a member of the Colchester Hospital Cancer Service User Group, and she runs a breast cancer patient support group. Victoria freely gives her time every week – everything from helping to design the new cancer centre to washing tea cups – and she is never seen without a smile.
Highly commended – Veronica Fox, Ipswich Hospital School Room volunteer.
Veronica is a familiar face at Ipswich Hospital as she has volunteered for more than 15 years. She readily gives two days a week in the school room and regularly ups her hours to help at busy times such as exam season. She is described as a ray of sunshine and is well-known for creating displays to showcase children’s work.
Working Together Award
Winner – Reactive Emergency Assessment Community Team (REACT), east Suffolk community.
The React team involves staff from ESNEFT, Suffolk County Council, the British Red Cross and Suffolk Family Carers working from one base, as one team, to keep patients out of hospital. They are currently helping more than 600 patients a month avoid hospital admissions, with partnership working with the clinical commissioning group, mental health trust, ambulance service, and others. We get the feeling this ambitious team won’t stop here.
Highly commended – Talent for Care team.
Colleagues from Ipswich and Colchester came together seamlessly to create the ESNEFT Talent for Care team. The team has broadened the available apprenticeships at ESNEFT and is recognised nationally for this work. The team also provides opportunities for work experience, and health ambassador support to education providers.
Leader of the Year
Winner – Ward sister, Sue Brixey, Ipswich Hospital Saxmundham Ward.
Sue is a ward sister who knows how to get the best out of her team. So much so, the quality of care on Ipswich Hospital’s Saxmundham Ward has improved under her leadership and length of stay for hip fracture patients has fallen. The ward consistently meets its fall targets and medication turnaround times are improved.
Highly commended – Barry Gibson, North West Suffolk integrated neighbourhood team manager.
Barry was the first integrated neighbourhood team manager in ESNEFT, managing colleagues across health and social care services. It is a challenging but trail-blazing role and Barry has risen to the challenge. A nurse by profession, Barry keeps his uniform hung up in his office in Hartismere Hospital and is always ready to go out and support his team.
Time Matters Award
Winner – Automation and Artificial Intelligence team.
In just one year, the ESNEFT automation and artificial intelligence team has saved colleagues 9,000 hours – that’s 1,200 working days – by developing and using automated robots. As the pioneering work continues, those numbers will only grow. The saved time is given back to staff who can then spend more quality time with our patients. Patients are also benefiting from quicker responses to queries and easier access to appointments.
Highly commended – Beverley Pickett, end of life care facilitator, based at Colchester Hospital.
Beverley helps coordinate end of life care and fully understands why time matters to our patients, and their loved ones, at the ends of their lives. She was pivotal to the creation of the Time Garden at Colchester Hospital which gives a peaceful environment away from hospital hustle and bustle for dying patients.
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