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.
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 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
Winner: Occupational Therapy Team
Highly commended: Hannah Greensill and Kirsty Mainds, John Hutchinson
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, 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.