Local Healthcare Heroes – Winners of 2014 NHS Staff Awards Announced

The compassion showed by the intensive care unit team to a colleague diagnosed with a serious medical condition has earned them the Chairman’s Special Award in the first ever NHS Forth Valley Staff Awards.

The nomination, which described the team as incredible, paid tribute to their efforts to help a fellow member of staff by shaving their heads in support, raising £2,500 for charity, and accompanying the colleague to appointments.

Presenting the trophy at the inaugural NHS Forth Valley staff recognition awards ceremony, chairman Alex Linkston said the team believe that the caring environment they provide is reflected in positive staff attitudes towards one another. He said: “The team believe they make a difference to patients and their loved ones, and this nomination is an example of how caring they are. I am proud of what they achieved during this challenging time for one of their colleagues.”

The Chairman’s Award was one of seven new awards presented to recognise the work of individuals, teams and volunteers across NHS Forth Valley. Twenty-six finalists, who were selected from more than 350 nominations, also received runners-up awards.

A health visitor from Callander, Dee Melia, picked up the Outstanding Care Award. Patients said she has a lovely and soothing nature and described her as being a reliable, knowledgeable, kind, genuine and an all-round wonderful person.

The joint winners of the Top Team Award were the Emergency Department and the Acute Receiving Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. They were nominated as dedicated, caring and compassionate people, providing a first class service whilst being friendly, helpful, caring and cheerful.

The Innovation Award went to the Theatre Team, who comprise more than 200 multi-disciplinary members of staff, and are said to be not only ‘a credit to Forth Valley but show a level of innovation that is admired by colleagues outwith Forth Valley.

Jane Kaney, who works as a supervisor in medical records won the Unsung Hero award for ‘making the workplace a better place’ and being ‘a very good role model.’

The leadership shown by Sharon Oswald, a Consultant Nurse in Acute Care earned her the Inspiration Award. Described as ‘dedicated and enthusiastic’ Sharon  was chosen for her ‘passion and commitment to lead advanced nursing practice.’

Roy Gordon, who is a volunteer in the Emergency Department beat off a strong field of 10 nominations to receive the Volunteer Award. Roy is said to be ‘a treasured member of the team who is always cheery, pleasant and kind.’

Morag Mclaren, NHS Forth Valley’s Head of Organisational Development, said: “We launched these awards earlier this year to help recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment of healthcare staff across NHS Forth Valley. The response from staff, patients and the general public has been absolutely fantastic and it’s been great to see that the efforts of our staff are really appreciated by colleagues and patients alike.”