Grantham health workers in the limelight at hospital trust awards

ULHT awards: Working together Award - Winners Beat It team, from left, Dr Andrew Houghton, Cara Mercer and Gini Dellow.
ULHT awards: Working together Award - Winners Beat It team, from left, Dr Andrew Houghton, Cara Mercer and Gini Dellow.
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Health staff and supporters from Grantham were recognised at this year’s annual Lincolnshire hospital trust awards.

Nearly 200 members of staff from a wide range of roles across the Trust and patients attended the third annual United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust staff awards at the Princess Royal Sport Arena in Boston.

ULHT awards: Compassion and Respect Award - highly commended Grantham porter Kevin Young with director of estates and facilities Paul Boocock

ULHT awards: Compassion and Respect Award - highly commended Grantham porter Kevin Young with director of estates and facilities Paul Boocock

Beat-It Grantham won the Working Together Award. The group supports people with heart arrythmia and meets at Grantham Hospital four times a year as well as hosting numerous other events and meetings. Two health professionals from the hospital, consultant cardiologist Dr Andrew Houghton and cardiac physiologist Cara Mercer, attend meetings to give a clinical presence.

Gini Dellow, who set up Beat It Grantham in December 2014, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the award. More than anything, it raises our profile and it was great for Dr Houghton and Cara Mercer to be recognised. I think we have a really good team because we can cover so many angles.”

A number of other Grantham entries were highly commended at the awards. They were Rebecca Burley, deputy sister at Grantham Hospital in the Innovation Award; Ward 1 at Grantham Hospital in the Team of the Year Award; Kevin Young, a porter at the hospital in the Compassion and Respect towards others Award; Andy McDowall, Portering Section Leader, in the Great Leadership Award; and Sonya Sargent, a porter, in the Unsung Heroes Award.

The awards were hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior. There were 13 award categories. Each highly commended and overall award winner was presented with a trophy or certificate by a member of the board or one of the sponsors.

ULHT awards: Great leadership Award - from left, highly commended Grantham portering section leader Andy McDowall with director of nursing Michelle Rhodes and deputy chief nurse Jennie Negus.

ULHT awards: Great leadership Award - from left, highly commended Grantham portering section leader Andy McDowall with director of nursing Michelle Rhodes and deputy chief nurse Jennie Negus.

This year 430 nominations were received in total, showcasing the enthusiasm and quality of care that is given to patients and colleagues. This is an increase from just 150 nominations overall the year before.

Jan Sobieraj, chief executive of ULHT said: “These awards are a great example of how we can really celebrate that good practice - the ways in which our staff go out of their way, every day, to do the best for patients.

“It’s very important that we recognise good practice for a number of reasons. It supports learning, promotes innovation and gives our staff confidence and the recognition they deserve.”

Trust Chair Dean Fathers said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that the quality of care delivered across all our hospitals is the best that it can be. Getting the chance to hear our winners, presenters and patients talk about their experiences was inspiring for all.

ULHT Awards: Team of the Year Award - highly commended staff from Ward 1 with Director of HR Ian Warren, right.

ULHT Awards: Team of the Year Award - highly commended staff from Ward 1 with Director of HR Ian Warren, right.

“Many congratulations to all of the winners and I look forward to celebrating the next year’s achievements.”

ULHT awards: Unsung Hero award - Pictured from left, highly commended Grantham porter Sonya Sargent, non-executive Director Kate Truscott and Carol Resner (also highly commended).

ULHT awards: Unsung Hero award - Pictured from left, highly commended Grantham porter Sonya Sargent, non-executive Director Kate Truscott and Carol Resner (also highly commended).