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Staff excellence award winners for 2019

NHS celebrates healthcare heroes

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust celebrated the achievements of hospital and community staff at an annual awards night to honour those who give the very best care across the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Harrow and beyond.

Thirteen awards were up for grabs with shortlisted candidates ranging from nurses, physiotherapists and ward managers to midwives, security guards, groundsmen and a consultant geneticist.

The selflessness of volunteers was recognised alongside fundraisers like Margherita Maynard who raised £20,000 with her homemade cakes and a seven strong medical team who swum the English Channel.

Candidates were nominated by patients, colleagues and families and represented the best of the best reflecting the trust’s core values of Honesty, Equality, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork.

The Trust received its largest ever number of nominations for 560 individuals and teams. This was whittled down to a shortlist of 42 by a judging panel of staff and patients.

It was the fifth awards ceremony and they just keep getting bigger and better with more than 500 people attending the event at the Bobby Moore Room in Wembley Stadium.

Chief executive Dame Jacqueline Docherty said: “Our aim is to provide excellent patient care by putting patients at the heart of everything we do and these awards are our way of saying thank you and showing our staff that their efforts do not go unnoticed.

“We have some very dedicated, hardworking and committed people working at our Trust and I am proud of all the nominees. Congratulations to everyone.”

The winners were:

  • Emergency and Ambulatory Care - Therese Barrett
  • Integrated Clinical Services - Dr Virginia Clowes
  • Integrated Medicine - The Respiratory Team
  • Surgery - Nagaraj Prashanth
  • Women’s and Children’s - Dr Sivapathalingam Jeyashanker
  • Unsung hero - Finance Team
  • Heart Hero - Maria Elena Nabre
  • Quality and Improvement - Sophie Russell
  • Volunteer of the Year - Ajit and Veena Saib / Beryl Jones
  • Fundraiser of the Year – Lynne May
  • Learner of the Year - Alex Stavrou
  • Lifetime Achievement - Dr John Knottenbelt
  • Team of the Year - Ward 3 North, Ealing Hospital

Two of the longest serving winners were A&E consultant John ‘JK’ Knottenbelt who has worked in A&E for 25 years and volunteer Beryl Jones.

“It’s nice to be recognised,” said 89 year-old Beryl who is one of the hospital’s longest serving volunteers.

She started volunteering half-a-century ago helping mentally disabled children which included setting up a toy library before working for the Red Cross and finally Northwick Park Hospital for the past 15 years.

The youngest winner was 27 year-old Sophie Russell, a physiotherapist who designed a home based rehab programme for patients recovering from fractures.

Patients under her care have collectively spent 500 days at home which they would have otherwise spent in hospital.

The event was generously sponsored by LNWH Charity along with sponsors Ambulance Transfers Ltd, Harrow College, Verseone Group, Montagu Evans and Elis.

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