Hampshire Hospitals Director of Nursing Awards 2012 winners announced
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust last night celebrated the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams of nurses and midwives at their seventh annual Director of Nursing Awards.
Friday 6 July 2012
More than 160 award nominees attended the ceremony at Oakley Hall in Basingstoke, representing each of the Foundation Trust’s sites (including Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester). Donna Green, chief nurse, hosted the ceremony which was also attended by special guests the Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Mayor and Consort of Andover and Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester.
Special guests, BBC South presenter Sally Taylor MBE and Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England attended the ceremony. The evening was opened with a performance from the Basingstoke Hospital Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
Hampshire Hospitals Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive Donna Green said: “We were yet again inundated with wonderful stories of how our nurses and midwives have touched the lives of patients and their families. We are so proud of our staff, and these awards are a great way to say thank you and give something back to those who go above and beyond the call of duty every day.
“I would like to thank all those who took the time to nominate and share their personal experiences with us, without whom it would not be possible to present these awards.”
The winners for the category of individual nurse / midwife / HCA and nursing or midwifery team for each clinical division are:
Individual nurse/midwife / HCA
- Medical services – Charlotte Ashbolt
Charlotte, who works at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, was nominated by the wife and daughter of a stroke patient for her caring and gentle nature. She put the family at ease during what was a very difficult period, and took the time to explain exactly what happens when a stroke occurs and what would happen during their husband/father’s treatment. Charlotte was described by the family as lovely, cheerful and friendly.
- Surgical services - Jon McGarry
Jon, who works at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, was nominated for a Director of Nursing Award by a couple who had just had twins. Unfortunately the mother, who had a C-section, had to be moved into the Intensive Care Unit away from her newborn. Throughout this distressing time, Jon provided support and kept the couple’s spirits up. He went beyond the call of duty, found a camera to capture some priceless photos of the new family, printed them off and gave them to the mother before she went into ITU.
- Family and clinical support services – Anne Brember
Anne received a number of nominations, two of which were from a mother and daughter who have both received treatment for breast cancer. They nominated Anne, a clinical nurse specialist based at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, for her total commitment in easing their worries and helping them through such a difficult time. In her nomination, the daughter stated that Anne had every quality of a perfect nurse and that they couldn’t have coped so well without her.
Nursing or midwifery team
- Medical services – Isolation Ward
The Isolation Ward received six nominations for “giving more than 100%” and going above and beyond the call of duty. They were praised for having professional dedication and giving incredible care, kindness and friendliness, not only to the patient but also for family and friends. The nurses were said to have all given a part of themselves to the patient and were always giving kind words of comfort. One nominee stated that “no reward could be big enough for what you have all done”.
- Surgical services - Elizabeth Hall Centre
The Elizabeth Hall Centre which cares for cancer patients from Basingstoke and surrounding areas, received a number of nominations praising the care provided there. One stated that after two days in the centre he realised how important the staff are in his life and has “never met such a caring professional team”.
- Family and clinical support services – Gynaecology Services
The Gynaecology service working across Hampshire Hospitals sites received an outstanding 25 nominations. Most notably, all nominations mentioned how well the team worked together, each bringing something valuable and making patients feel at ease. One patient woke up in the Gynaecology ward on Christmas day without her husband for the first time in 34 years of marriage. She was greeted with smiles and a present from the nurses, who even set up a table with flowers and Christmas placemats so her and her husband could enjoy Christmas dinner together.
The Gynaecology service also received the Rotary Club’s sponsored rose bowl, presented by Julian Ricketts, upcoming president of Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club.
Maggy Wallace, a previous non-executive director, presented the Maggy Wallace award to Ward E3, a respiratory ward at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.
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Notes for editors
- Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) came into being on 9 January 2012 as a result of the integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust (BNHFT) and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust. BNHFT was authorised as a Foundation Trust in December 2006.
- Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a population of approximately 600,000 patients in Hampshire and parts of west Berkshire.
- HHFT has about 5,000 staff and a turnover of £300 million a year.
- HHFT delivers one hospital service across multiple locations including its own hospitals, Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. It also provides outpatient and assessment services from Bordon and Alton community hospitals.
- As a Foundation Trust, HHFT is accountable to the local community through a system of local ownership with members and elected governors. HHFT has to date 18,600 staff and public members. Foundation Trusts are free from central government control and can reinvest any surplus to develop clinical services. They are authorised and regulated by Monitor, an independent regulator.
- Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also celebrates staff achievements through their WOW awards each month. Winners are awarded certificates and their achievements are displayed around the hospital. The Foundation Trust also holds celebratory lunches with the Board of Directors and Council of Governors for all winners. Staff and teams can be nominated by either fellow colleagues or the public whom believe they have been treated with exceptional care.