22 December 2022

A lung cancer nurse with decades of NHS service, a cardiology doctor described as an ‘inspiration’ to students and a team which set up a new ward in 24 hours on New Year’s Eve were among the winners at Royal Papworth Hospital’s Staff Awards 2022 this week (Monday 19 December).

The ceremony at Homerton College in Cambridge was hosted by former BBC Look East presenter Stewart White and generously sponsored by Philips UK and Ireland and Fysicon. 

Attended by staff, partners and the hospital’s leadership team, the awards recognised the outstanding levels of achievement from teams and individuals across the Trust, which is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital.

The Team of the Year Award went to the hospital’s 3 North ward team, for setting up a new respiratory unit to care for acute COVID-19 patients who were taken to Royal Papworth from other hospitals across the East of England region. They did this in 24 hours over New Year’s Eve in 2020.

Nine people in a line hold an award

Ward 3 North, winners of the Clinical Team of the Year Award

Claire Haslop, a lung cancer specialist nurse, was recognised for her compassion to patients while Dr Malek Hassan was rewarded for showing excellence in the care he provides to patients and training given to students.

Comprising 15 categories in total, the awards recognised achievement aligning to the hospital’s values of compassion, excellence and collaboration, and included accolades for Royal Papworth’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and equality, diversity and inclusion. More than 300 nominations were cast for this year’s event which was highest number ever received.

The awards handed out on the night were:

Collaboration Award: Clinical

Winner: Zoe Barrett-Brown.

Highly commended: Laura Bowden, Dr Uta Hill

Collaboration Award: Non-Clinical

Winner: Liz Bush

Highly commended: Booking Team, Workforce Information and Systems Team

Compassion Award: Clinical

Winner: Claire Haslop

Highly commended: Swapna George Thomas, Annette Murphy

Compassion Award: Non-Clinical

Winner: Kerrie Smith

Highly commended: Ellie Abraham, Andrew Davies

Excellence Award: Clinical

Winner: Dr Malek Hassan

Highly commended: Infection Control Team, Liby John


Dr Malek Hassan holds his award for Excellence

Dr Malek Hassan wins the Clinical Excellence Award


Excellence Award: Non-Clinical

Winner: Julie Coombes

Highly commended: Chris Bardell, Alben Isayev

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

Winner: Jack Fellows

Highly commended: Matt Achurra, Berin Krenek and Anie Ponnaberanam, Gerrie Powell-Jones

Green Award

Winner: Occupational Therapy Team

Highly commended: Hannah Greensill and Kirsty Mainds, John Hutchinson

Leadership Award

Winner: Dr Sarah Grove

Highly commended: Lizzie Shilito, Louise Palmer

Learning and Development Award

Winner: Penny Martin

Highly commended: Sarah Brisbane, Dale Turner

Quality Improvement Award

Winner: Amil Magpantay

Highly commended: Sarah Airey and Caroline Stackhouse, Sumita Pai and Netta Tyler

Student/Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Anna Hooper

Highly commended: Holly Curtin, Eve Hedley

Team of the Year: Clinical

Winner: Ward 3 North

Highly commended: CPAP Team, Vaccination Team

Team of the Year: Non-Clinical

Winner: Communications Team

Highly commended: Charity Team, Finance Team

Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Pauline Brunning and Val Cameron

Highly commended: Graham Banks-Popple and Paul Berry

The award winners were each presented with a trophy and gift vouchers, while those highly commended received a certificate and gift vouchers.


Claire Haslop holding her award and winners certificate


Claire Haslop, Thoracic Oncology Specialist Nurse, holds the trophy for the Compassion Award: Clinical

Eilish Midlane, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive said: “It is a tremendous honour to be able to reward our staff with formal recognition of their achievements and to highlight how much their efforts are appreciated by the people they care for, their families and by their fellow colleagues in the Trust. It is also a chance to say thank you to all our staff who represent our values of collaboration, compassion and excellence in their everyday efforts.

“We received more than 300 nominations for our Staff Awards this year, more than we ever have previously, which shows the esteem held for our staff by both the public and their colleagues.

“To see numerous instances of our staff going above and beyond everyday makes me immensely proud to lead this Trust, and one that offers exceptional service to our patients and their families on a 24/7 basis. I wish to extend my congratulations to all the award-winning individuals and teams, those highly commended and all colleagues nominated.”

Mark Leftwich, Managing Director of Philips UK and Ireland - lead sponsor of the awards, said: “Philips UK and Ireland are delighted to once again be a part of this year’s staff awards, celebrating those exceptional individuals who go and above and beyond for their patients and colleagues. We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with the Royal Papworth Hospital, as we look to develop innovative solutions to speed up diagnosis and improve access to healthcare. We wish all the winners of this year’s awards our congratulations, for their contributions to high quality patient care and as champions of the Trust’s values."

A gallery of the evening can be found on Royal Papworth Hospital's Facebook page.