The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Portering team has been recognised as among the best in the country after being shortlisted for two awards in this year’s MyPorter Awards.
The MyPorter Portering Team of the Year Award is for portering teams that have shown extraordinary resilience, teamwork, and contribution to their trust. Like every area across healthcare, the pandemic has created huge challenges for porters, and the shortlisted teams have excelled in adapting to and overcoming those challenges. At the Trust, our porters are often the first contact for patients, answering questions, providing transport and generally helping in any situation.
Newcomer of the Year is an award intended to recognise and celebrate those porters who excel from the moment they join the team, shining a light on those members of staff who can be seen as the benchmark for success, and who show portering as a positive and rewarding career choice. Kenneth McIntyre was nominated by his colleagues for being a newcomer who makes the whole team stronger, who pushes others to even better work, and who has great ways of communicating with colleagues and patients that bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Porters in the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have a wide variety of responsibilities, split into two subdivisions: Clinical, and Non-clinical Portering. Clinical Portering are responsible for moving everything connected with patient care including transferring patients around the hospital between procedures, moving equipment and medical gases, and supporting the clinical teams in a crash call, amongst others. The Non-Clinical Portering team manages the movement of everything not connected to patient care, such as the distribution and collection of linen, meal trolleys, waste, furniture, and post.
Jose Antunes, Portering Services Coordinator at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said “All the portering teams play a vital role in keeping the Trust running smoothly. They are integral to the safety of transferred patients, the emergency response time and the quality of care delivered to our patients. Porters are often the first contact for patients - whether it’s helping with directions, transport, or even just because the patients feel more comfortable talking with the porter. In 2021 alone we moved a total of 126,689 patients, while still managing to remove over 1,000 tonnes of waste (with zero to landfill) and send out over 100,000 letters!”
Steve Sellwood, Facilities Manager responsible for Portering Services, said “Along with Portering Services Coordinator Jose Antunes, and Portering Services Senior Team Leaders Karen Ling and Alberto Povo, I am delighted at the recognition of members of our department being shortlisted for these awards. The Portering teams work hard and often seemingly unnoticed and we are extremely proud of all that they do 24/7, 365 days a year.”
The Awards will be held at The Dickens Inn, London, on 24 February 2022 in a live ceremony celebrating the contribution and hard work of porters and portering teams throughout the UK in this past year.