Monthly Archives: June 2014


Rev David Southall with his innovation award at the Healthcare People Management Association Excellence in Human Resources Management Awards

Rev David Southall with his innovation award at the Healthcare People Management Association Excellence in Human Resources Management Awards


A CHAPLAIN working with patients, families and staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has won a national award for his work spreading positive news about the hard work carried out by healthcare workers across the UK.

[Rev David Southall, who writes about his experiences at the hospital in a weekly column for the Worcester News, was honoured in the innovation category at the Healthcare People Management Association Excellence in Human Resources Management Awards on Thursday, June 26 for his ‘good news’ blog.

Rev Southall runs the blog at, featuring morale-boosting stories for patients and staff, as well as a popular Twitter feed @revdavesouthall, which has 1,529 followers.
Speaking after the ceremony in London he said he “couldn’t believe” he had won.

“I am really honoured and thrilled to have won the award,” he said.

“It gives me chance to make the blog more nationally known and to create a network of good news blogs which can help make a difference in other hospitals around the country.”
He said he was particularly thankful for the support of the board of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal along with Kidderminster Hospital and Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital, particularly chairman Harry Turner and chief executive Penny Venables.

“I really want to thank all those people who have contributed, allowed their stories to be used, or spoken about their experience,” he said. “They have made a difference to our staff at the hospital.”

Rev Southall also expressed his thanks to the trust’s human resources director Bev Edgar, who was also a runner up in the award’s HR director of the year category.

Read Rev Southall’s column in your Health every Monday in the Worcester News.

VOICES FOR HEALTH: Singing, fun and friendship for staff in the Worcestershire Health Economy


VOICES FOR HEALTH is a community choir for anyone working in the Worcestershire Health Economy. It was formed by me 2 months ago and our Musical Director is Will who is involved with the entertainment industry.

VOICES FOR HEALTH seeks to be a space where people from different health organisations with different roles can perform together as a sign of an integrated NHS

VOICES FOR HEALTH is open for anyone to join at any time, haS no auditions and is meant to be fun. We also have a performance which we are working towards.


Newsletter 3. 20th June 2014

Voices for Health Newslettter 3 20 june


The next meetings will take place fortnightly on Thursdays at Charles Hastings Education Centre from 7:00pm- 8:30pm.

The next three dates are:

Thursday 3th July

Thursday 17th July

Thursday 31st July

(We are also hoping to arrange some satellite practice sessions at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch )


The first proper song in our repertoire is I won’t give up by Jason Mraz

Will has prepared parts for us and these are below. If you know your vocal range then it allows you to practice your parts. But don’t feel under pressure to do this. It should be FUN. And if you have any queries just email me.

ALL VOICES (below)

SOPRANO (below)

ALTO (below)


LYRICS (below)

The lyrics for the song can be found here:


If you have already joined VOICES FOR HEALTH, then why not post a comment to let others know what it’s like.

If you haven’t yet come along, but would like to, then I can assure you it will be a fun, rewarding and energising experience. If you have a question then either post a comment or contact me and I’ll try and answer your questions.

Look forward to seeing you in the future,




It’s easy to forget that small things can make a huge difference.

I recently received a letter about a call out to the Hospital. I remember it well, and my recollection is that I did such a small thing that it is hardly worth mentioning.

But you just never know!

“Dear David,
On the evening of Easter Sunday you attended my father who had only just passes away and on behalf of the family I wanted to thank you for the kindness, sensitivity and compassion you showed us all.
Earlier in the day we had been made aware that the end may well come that night, but it was nonetheless quite a shock when it happened. Our initial reaction was one of relief, in that we knew that his suffering was finally at an end after many years of gradually decling health, and that he had indeed gone to a far better place.
Your presence and such kind and appropriate words were of particular comfort to Mum, and we were so glad that you were there to help Dad’s spirit on his final journey.
May God bless you Reverend, for being there for us and all the other people you help.
With our appreciation and thanks. Kindest regards [Name and Address supplied]”

I feel deeply privileged to have been a tiny part of this family’s story, and humbled that they should place such a high value on compassion. I cannot think of a higher compliment than being described as compassionate and kind; nor of a greater calling that to help someone’s spirit on their final journey.

And so I hope that you might be in a position to do a small thing to makes a huge and lasting difference

And so I hope that each of us working in Healthcare might get a letter like this someday.

And , most importantly, I hope that that this family might know peace and comfort in the coming days