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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Cumbria's NHS 'stars' celebrate excellence awards success

Last night saw health workers from across north and west Cumbria gather at Rheged for a special awards ceremony.

The second annual Celebrating Excellence Awards 2009 honoured hospital staff who have gone that extra mile during the past 12 months.

Among the winners were Dr Paul Davies and Dr Olu Orugun, who were jointly awarded the doctor of the year title, and cancer nurse Helen Roe, who was named nurse/midwife of the year.

It was also a special night for newly retired deputy nursing director Janice Moscrop, who was presented with the lifetime achievement award after 38 years in the local NHS.

Janice, who leaves Cumbria today fri to start a new life with her husband in Perthshire, used the opportunity to say an emotional farewell to colleagues in Carlisle and Whitehaven.

“I started as a cadet nurse here at 17 and have got to a position where I can influence patient care, improve standards but also be there to support other nursing staff.

“I have worked with so many wonderful people over the years. We’ve has some brilliant times and we’ve had some challenging times, but we have always got through. I feel very honoured to receive this award,” she said.

The event was hosted by the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and Penrith Birthing Centre, and organised by CN Event Management.

Launched in April, staff at the three sites were asked to nominate colleagues they felt had gone above and beyond the call of duty in the NHS.

There were 14 categories, recognising doctors and nurses, right through to support staff and secretaries. A panel of judges looked at each nomination and short-listed two in each section.

They included the special Patient’s Award, in which Cumberland News readers were asked to nominate members of staff who had made a real impact on their lives.

This was won by Carol Johnston, facilities manager at the Cumberland Infirmary, and the Patient Panel Clean Audit Team who have worked hard to improve hospital hygiene.

The team were up against popular consultant Hugh O’Brien and said he would also have been a worthy winner. But, having been a runner up at the 2008 awards, Carol said this year was very special.

“It’s nice to be recognised by the public as it shows what we are doing is being noticed. We are over the moon,” she said.

The award ceremony at Rheged, near Penrith, was the first one headed by trust chief executive Carole Heatly, who was last night celebrating the first year anniversary since taking over at the trust.

Speaking during the presentation, she said the past 12 months have seen major achievements across the trust and the awards were a way of thanking the staff for everything they have done.

Trust chairman Mike Little, who was one of the judges, added that there had been some really heartfelt nominations and in his eyes, everyone short-listed was a winner.

The presentations were followed by an awards dinner.

Winners

Educator/Mentor of the Year – Andrew Robson, associate medical director for training and education, Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

Clerical Support Employee of the Year – Susan Pedrosa, medical secretary, Cumberland Infirmary

Delivering Efficiency Award – Charles Sidney and Paul Gill, catering management team, Cumberland Infirmary

Clinical Support Employee of the Year – Deborah Parker, Dalegarth Renal Unit, West Cumberland Hospital

Registered Professional of the Year – Wendy Farren, physiotherapy, Cumberland Infirmary

Improving Quality Award – Stroke Services, Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

Patient Safety Award – Chris Musgrave, Gill Long and Charlotte Johnstone, Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

Patient’s Award – Carol Johnston, facilities manager at the Cumberland Infirmary, and the Patient Panel Clean Audit Team

Patient and Public Involvement Award – Cancer Information and Advice Service, Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

Leadership Award – Andrea Tomlinson, Matron Elderly Care, West Cumberland Hospital

Nurse/Midwife of the Year – Helen Roe, cancer nurse consultant at the Cumberland Infirmary

Doctor of the Year – Dr Paul Davies and Dr Olu Orugun (jointly), both elderly care physicians Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

Team of the Year – endoscopy nurses, Cumberland Infirmary

Lifetime Achievement Award – Janice Moscrop, recently retired deputy director of nursing, Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

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