James Paget awards ceremony recognises exceptional commitment and innovation
PUBLISHED: 10:23 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:23 07 October 2017
Outstanding achievements, dedication and quality care have been celebrated at James Paget University Hospital’s annual awards night.
After a staggering 460 nominations from both patients and staff, around 200 guests were in attendance at the Gorleston hospital’s Remarkable People Awards, held at the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad.
Among the winners was dementia care liaison officer Sarah Hay, who received the Employee of the Year award and was described as a ‘super ambassador’ for the James Paget having been at the forefront of improvements in the care of the hospital’s vulnerable patients.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” said Ms Hay after picking up her award at the ceremony on Friday, October 6.
“I love my job and work with a great team, so to be recognised in this way is the icing on the cake.”
Meanwhile, lead nurse for research Claire Whitehouse scooped the Sir James Paget Award for Innovation, a mark of recognition for her #whywedoresearch Twitter campaign.
Starting out as a local initiative to highlight the importance of healthcare research, it grew into a worldwide success with thousands of people in the research community sharing ideas and raising awareness about their work.
Hospital chief executive Christine Allen said: “The Remarkable People Awards is a special event as it gives us the opportunity to celebrate our fantastic staff, who are so committed, dedicated and prepared to go the extra mile to provide quality care for patients.
“The awards showcase the breadth of talent we have across the Trust and the fact that we had a record number of nominations shows how much it is valued.”
The night’s other winners were:
• Ward of the Year: Ward 9
• Department of the Year: IT
• Team of the Year: Car Parking
• Non-Clinical Individual of the Year: Samantha Burton
• Clinical Individual of the Year: Jane Preston
• Educator Award: Sharon Crowle
• Volunteer of the Year: Rachael Crane
• Apprentice of the Year: Laura Durrant
• Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service: Ward 18
• EDP Gold ‘Patients’ Choice’ Award: Emilia Shurmur
• Chair and Chief Executive’s Commendations: Myra Saunders and Anna Blackburn