Our cardiology team has won the Health Team/Worker of the Year in this year’s Pride of Reading Awards. The special awards ceremony to honour the town’s unsung heroes was held at the Madejski Stadium and the winning Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust team received their award from local celebrity Chris Tarrant.
Prime Minister David Cameron, recorded a special congratulatory video message of thanks which was played to all guests when the team went on stage to collect their trophy. You can watch the video here.
Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, who attended the awards on Friday, said: ”Our Cardiology team thoroughly deserve this special award for their hard work and dedication to high quality patient experience. Well done to all of our Pride of Reading nominees, we are very proud of our staff and all they achieve.”
Dr Will Orr, Cardiology consultant, said: “We are thrilled to receive such a special award, this is a real example of the quality team work between us at the Royal Berkshire Trust and the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS). We continually strive to find ways in which to work better together to improve outcomes for our cardiology patients.”
This year, more Trust staff have been nominated for a Pride of Reading award than ever before. Teams and individuals throughout the Trust have been nominated by patients who believe our staff deserve to be recognised for going the extra mile.
As well as the Cardiology team, other nominees included the staff of the intensive care unit, the Paediatric diabetes team, clinical nurse specialist Fiona Webb from the Endoscopy Unit, Elderly care consultant Dr Hannah Johnson and the Paediatric audiology team.
Congratulations to everyone in the Cardiology team and all our nominees!
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust decorator, 'Stan the Man', otherwise known as Kevin Staniforth, has helped raise more than £3,500 for this year's BBC Children in Need appeal.
'Stan' set a target of £3,000 to beat last year's total and spent several lunch times collecting money in the reception of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, as well as fun activities on the day itself.
Stan said: "I'm dead chuffed and really proud of what we all achieved. Several departments in the hospital had organised their own events and collections and brought me the money they had raised. I would like to say a really big thank you to everyone - patients, visitors and staff who gave so generously."
On Monday 3 November, we launched our own #hellomyname is campaign in the Trust.
The 'Hello my name is...' national campaign was originally set up by doctor and cancer sufferer Kate Granger to improve communication between patients and staff. She was surprised at the number of staff she came into contact with during her treatment who did not introduce themselves.
This experience was also felt by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Patient Leader, Joyce Gustard. She worked with the Trust to help introduce the campaign to our staff. Almost 100 RBH staff braved the rain and gathered on the steps of the old hospital entrance for a photograph to mark the launch.
Joyce said: “The response to the campaign launch has been fantastic and staff are very open to making a simple change that can make a huge difference to patients, especially new ones coming through our doors.”
Sharon Herring, Director of Nursing - Networked Care for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is the first project from our new group of Patient Leaders – encouraging patients and the public to work with clinicians and managers to help influence decisions and drive innovation to improve the patient experience.”
For further information on the campaign, please visit: http://hellomynameis.org.uk/
If you are interested in becoming a Patient Leader, please click here.
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the top 100 places to work in healthcare in an important annual review by the Health Service Journal.
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