It was an evening of glitz and glamour as more than 200 staff gathered last Thursday 23 May at Reading Town Hall, to celebrate the commitment, dedication and achievements of staff at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust at their annual staff awards night.
Now in its fourth year, this year’s awards celebrated the special 180th anniversary of the Royal Berkshire hospital and its rich history of providing healthcare to the people of Reading, west Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire. The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s legacy has always been innovative, looking ahead to the challenges of the future, and the health and wellbeing of the local communities the Trust has served, since 1839.
The awards recognised the excellent and the outstanding work done across all areas in the Trust, spanning nurses, porters, housekeeping, doctors and clinical administration teams. The awards were also a chance to highlight the outstanding work of volunteers and fundraisers who support the Trust in so many ways.
The evening’s proceedings were opened by the Trust Chair, Graham Sims, who said: “I am extremely proud to be the chair of this organisation. It is so important to recognise the amazing work being done across the Trust by so many staff. The awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate and congratulate those who go that extra mile every day to support our patients. They do a fantastic job and I am delighted to be able to thank you all on behalf of the Board.”
The awards were supported by the Royal Berks Charity, a dedicated and committed team who support the work of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. The Charity raises money to provide the extras which make a difference to patients and their families, staff and visitors - and to enhance patient care throughout the Trust.
Steve McManus, Chief Executive, closed the evening. He said: “It has been a pleasure to spend this evening celebrating the achievements of teams and individuals who work at the Trust. It really reminds us of the outstanding work our staff do every day in every part of the organisation to help provide the best care possible for our patients and the communities we serve.
“It was an immense privilege to be here tonight. Once again, I have been inspired by all the nominees, and the dedication, skill and compassion shown by each and every one of them, which I see reflected every day by all our staff and volunteers across the Trust.”
The winners of the staff awards are:
The Homebirth team
Chief Exec's ‘Making a Difference’ Award
Nev Davies, Paediatric Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant
Excellence in Clinical Service Award
Community Maternity Support team
Agostinho De Souza, Housekeeper
Trust Educator Award
Michael Lynn, Non-ionising radiation specialist
Excellence in Partnership Award
Louise Perkins, Consultant Midwife
Sunetra Sengupta, Obstetrician
Most Inspiring or Innovative Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional Award
Jessica Higson, Matron
Excellence in Patient Care and Safety Award
Claire Burnett, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Sepsis
Ian Clay Award for Volunteering
Manzoor Ahmed, Patient Leader
Operational Excellence Award
Abdominal surgery service managers:
Outstanding Contribution to Research Award
Mark Little, Consultant Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist