Awards Season is in Full Swing

After our second Bank Holiday of the month, once again can I start by thanking all staff who worked over the holiday period – it really is appreciated.

It’s been really enjoyable recently, getting out to the frontline, meeting our staff and leaders, and and opportunity to celebrate yet more Awards success – this time from our fabulous Finance Team and a clutch of finalists at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards. 

And talking of Awards – exciting news for me – last week we launched this year’s annual Staff Awards REACH, which is the first opportunity I’ve had to be involved in the process and get to hear first hand about fabulous delivery, achievements and success from across the whole Trust.  

Getting out to the Frontline

There really is nothing quite like getting out to the frontline to spend some time with staff and their managers, to get a feel of the care and compassion which runs throughout everything Combined Healthcare provides. And I’m delighted to have had further opportunities to do so.

I took a trip to the Ashcombe Centre for a one-to-one with the Clinical Director for North Staffs Community, Darren Carr. I was struck by the beautiful setting and was keen to hear about the challenges of providing modern mental health services in a rural setting. Myself and Darren discussed the importance of close relationships with other organisations and agencies and described the benefits of integration with third sector services and in particular primary care colleagues.

Finance Team win Team of the Year – Again!

Our fabulous Finance Team are no strangers to winning Awards and it was great to see them keeping up their fabulous track record by landing the accolade of Finance Team of the Year – Health from Public Finance. The Awards recognise people, products and services that demonstrate excellence and originality within public finance. The judges said -“The winner impressed us by the evidence of the impact, the ability to share experience and the way that ethics was embedded in the initiative.” Well done, one and all.

Last week also saw no less than three of our teams being celebrated at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards. The Executive Team were represented by Jonathan O’Brien, our Director of Operations – thanks, Jonathan! And whilst we didn’t land the main prize, it was a fabulous achievement to have made it to being finalists. Congratulations to our Rapid Falls Improvement Team, All Age Mental Health Liaison Service and the Healthy Minds Integrated Long Term Condition Service. You really do us and your colleagues proud.

REACH 2019 Nominations are Open!

I am well aware that our annual staff REACH Awards are one of the genuine highlights of our Trust Year for our staff and it’s really great to see how many of you take the opportunity each year to recognise and celebrate one of your colleagues or another team you know and really value.

This year’s ceremony will take place on Thursday 4 July – and nominations are now open! Closing date for nominations is Monday 10 June. We’re making it easier than ever to make a nomination, by creating an online form on our main Trust Website. Simply click here to read the criteria for each Award and submit as many nominations as you like.

It’s your chance to recognise staff, teams, volunteers and service user representatives who have made a truly outstanding contribution.

This year’s awards will recognise achievements in the following categories:

  • Diversity & Inclusion Award
  • Leading with Compassion Award
  • Partnership Award
  • Proud to CARE Award
  • Research & Development Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Service User and Carer Council Award (decided by the Service User and Carer Council)
  • Team of the Year Award
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Valuemaker Award
  • Volunteer/Service User Representative of the Year Award
  • Chairman’s Award (decided by the Chair)

Trust Board Recognises Achievements & Service

Last week’s Trust Board was delighted to give a REACH Individual Award to Richard Bagnall – Deputy Ward Manager, Ward 7. Richard has been the Deputy Ward Manager on Ward 7 for nearly three years and for the last 4 months, he has been Acting as the Ward manager. He demonstrates excellent leadership skills and has applied innovation to improve patient care and engagement of staff members.

Richard is continually motivating staff to engage in innovative practice to improve the patient experience. Staff, patients and carers report that Richard is an excellent member of the team, that he is always approachable, warm and compassionate with a “can do attitude”. Staff report that they feel valued and supported and feel privileged to work alongside Richard on Ward 7.

We also had no less than three retirements to mark.

Amanda (Mandy) Hulson – Practice Nurse, Moorcroft Medical Centre. Mandy worked alongside the practice as a District Nurse until joining Moorcroft in 2010. Mandy has become a pivotal member of the practice nursing team and provides a high level of complex patient management, which is essential in primary care today.

Brigid Ellis – Practice Nurse, Moorcroft Medical Centre. Brigid joined Moorcroft in 2004, and began a long and fruitful relationship with the practice. During this time Brigid has developed her practice nursing skills to the highest level and provides the very broad spectrum of patient care required in modern general practice.

Finally, Andy Cooper – Building Officer, Estates Team. Andy commenced work with the NHS in December 1979, and was heavily involved in the St Edwards site closure and the subsequent move to Harplands Hospital. Andy is an integral part of the current Estates Team, and has been involved in the design and project management of many schemes within his time, including major refurbishments and extensions to Summers View and Florence House, and other similar projects within the Learning Disabilities Service.

After thirty nine and a half years with Combined Healthcare, he has decided it’s time for retirement. Andy’s retirement aim is “to do all the things he has not had time to do whilst working” and we wish him all the best for the future.