Hospital bosses paid tribute to the dedication of teams and individual members of staff at its Golden Hearts celebration in Hull last night.
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust hosted the annual ceremony, now in its eighth year, to thank staff looking after the health of more than 600,000 people in Hull and the East Riding.
With the 70th anniversary of the NHS only days away, 14 awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, were presented to individuals and teams working at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital.
Chief executive Chris Long said: “The NHS is seen by so many as our finest achievement as a nation and nights like this are about remembering it survives because of the commitment and dedication of the people who work for it.
“Every single day, people working for our organisation go above and beyond the roles they are paid to do to help patients and families.
“They put the needs of others well above their own and they do it day in, day out.
“Our winners include outstanding managers, leading their teams from the front and by example, and hard-working clinicians, who always put the needs of their patients first.
“But we also celebrate the contribution of our support staff, from the people looking after our gardens and buildings to the housekeepers and administrative teams.”
The winners were:
Making It Better award: Specialist midwives
Great Leader: Michael Hookem, charge nurse in the Maxillofacial Outpatients Department
Team Spirit: Acorn Ward, the trust’s paediatric surgical ward
Lessons Learned: Emergency Department
Apprentice of the Year: Zoe Sugden
Moments of Magic: Teenage and Young Adult unit at the Queen’s Centre and Ward 33
Health Group Trophy: Surgery
Outstanding Individual of the Year (Scientific, Technical and Therapeutic): Jayne Anderson, clinical lead physiotherapist
Outstanding Individual of the Year (Non-clinical): Jonathan Wood, operations director for clinical support services
Outstanding Individual of the Year (Clinical): Dr Ahmed Abdul-Hamid, who leads stroke services at Hull Royal Infirmary
Nursing and Midwifery: Specialist Nurse Colposcopist Sarah Bolton
Outstanding Team of the Year (Non-Clinical): The trust Grounds and Gardens Team
Outstanding Team of the Year (Clinical): Urology Services
Lifetime Achievement: Biomedical scientist Barbara Thompson, who recently retired after joining the trust in 1964.
The Golden Hearts celebration was funded by the trust’s own staff lottery and through the generous sponsorship of businesses KCOM, Managers in Partnership, Go MAD Thinking, Strata Group, HYA Training, Strawberry, Ryland Design Architecture, ICS, Interact, University of Hull, Corndel Leadership and Management School, Saville Audio Visual and Cambio Healthcare Systems.
ITV Calendar presenter Fiona Dwyer hosted the ceremony attended by 380 members of staff working for the trust.