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Honorary Good News Champion Robin Walker MP speaks about the annual Staff Achievement Awards

Honorary Good News Champion Robin Walker MP speaks about the annual Staff Achievement Awards

It’s an honour to hand the Chaplain’s Blog over to my first Guest Blogger: Robin Walker MP for Worcester. Robin speaks about his attendance at the Staff Achievement awards and casts an eye over the work of the Acute Trust. As a friend of the hospital and an honorary Good News Champion his comments mean a lot, and I was particularly proud to have him present my award.

“Coming to the Worcestershire Royal for the Acute Trust’s staff achievement awards last week I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. One of the very enjoyable things about being a constituency MP is that you do get invited to a number of special occasions and award ceremonies of all shapes and sizes sometimes even getting to present awards. All of them are special but last week’s was particularly wonderful and a powerful reminder of the amazing dedication and teamwork of so many passionate, hard working people in the NHS.

With awards for all levels and different roles at the hospital it was a whistle stop tour of the many different skills and careers that fit within the acute trust. Like many members of the public I was familiar with some but others needed explanation. Hearing the brief introductions of why people were excited to be nominated and the nominees explaining why they were putting them forward the one thing that kept on coming up again and again was the pride in teamwork and the huge respect and appreciation of one colleague for another. The passion for looking after patients was clear throughout and it was great to see a patient’s choice award being presented too.

There were too many deserving winners to list them all but I was particularly impressed with Frank the volunteer in his nineties who is still delivering the morning papers at the hospital. After a tough week for the A&E department it seemed somehow appropriate that the CEO’s award should go to junior charge nurse Marc Tarrant from the unit. At the end of the evening I was proud to be called to present the Chairman’s award. With so many incredible people nominated it must have been a hard decision for the judges but I was delighted when it turned out to be destined for a familiar face.

Reverend David Southall, who amidst all his other duties as a busy hospital chaplain somehow finds time to put together the good news blog does a wonderful job of reminding us all how much good news there is every hour of every day in the hospital and celebrating the achievements of all his colleagues. It was somehow appropriate that having toured the hospital at his invitation not so long ago, it should be to him that I presented the award. The whole night was a celebration of everyone who works at the hospital and, like this blog, it was a reminder that amidst all the challenges, the miracle that is our NHS is all about people.”


Shining star awards

I was privileged to attend the Annual Staff Achievement Awards at Worcestershire Acute Trust the other Friday. More than that I was honoured to receive an award from the Chairman for the Chaplain’s Blog presented by Robin Walker MP.

But what thrilled me the most was being in the presence of colleagues who gained awards for remarkable professionalism.

Each award was trailed by a video clip of the nominees saying what it would mean to them to win and how important it was.

Like Frank, the 94 year old Volunteer who three days a week takes the paper and sweet trolley around the wards. He comes in at 8:30am as regular as clockwork, and makes a huge difference. “I’d be gobsmacked if I won!” he said. And win he did, with the biggest cheer of the night. I bumped into him with his trolley the day afterwards, and when I congratulated him he said, “Well I just enjoy doing it and used to do it 5 days a week but have had to slow down.” Slow down!!! At 94 Frank could run most of us into the ground.

Or Marsha Jones, Sister on Ward 11 at the Alexandra Hospital, who said: “I may not be the best mom, or the best wife, but I am the best nurse!” How fantastic to care about nursing so much that it becomes part of your identity. Striving every day to do the best for patients.

Or my friend, Julie Poultney, Antenatal Screening Co-ordinator, who collected her award for Midwife of the Year with tears streaming down her face. Those people who have been told devastating news about their unborn baby are in safe hand with Julie.

So much more could be said. Of the Trust Board and senior management who help staff aspire; of the sponsors who funded the event; of those who were nominated, of those who day in day out, without any recognition, do outstanding work.

And so I can assure you, that staff at your hospitals really do care passionately about their work, and about the care they give. And you are in safe hand when you come into Worcestershire’s Hospitals.

AND SO THE AWARD GOES TO… well you tell me. Comment on my blog; give praise where it is due; let me know about your good news stories from our hospitals; and recognise the compassion and care of our health care professionals.