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Staff achievements celebrated

The Countess of Chester Hospital's Celebration of Achievement Awards took place on Friday 13th July to reward staff for their efforts and commitment over the past year.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester - who kindly helped to sponsor the event - was the venue for a glittering night of congratulation and celebration for a wide variety of Trust staff.  Over 250 members of staff, along with colleagues, friends and family members joined in the celebrations.

The awards offered an opportunity for the Trust to acknowledge the hard work of individuals and teams who have made outstanding achievements. A high volume of nominations were received from departments, along with patients and the public, who wished to show their appreciation for the hard work of staff.

Among the winners were; Midwife Roz Harris who won the 'Patient Choice Award for Outstanding Care', Business Performance Manager Hayley Kendall who won the 'Outstanding Individual Achievement of the Year Award', and the Electronic Prescribing Team who won the 'Outstanding Team Achievement of the Year Award'. Sylvia Oakley picked up the 'Volunteer of the Year Award' and Eleanor Hornsby walked away with the 'Governor of the Year Award'.

Staff Development Officer, Lizzie Shevlin, who co-ordinated the Celebration of Achievement Awards, said: "The event was really fantastic again this year. It was great to see so many members of staff enjoying themselves and celebrating their achievements among colleagues, friends and family."

Director of Human Resources, Susan Young added: "This event showcases the high level of commitment that is put in by staff all across the Trust, be it to improve their services for patients or to develop themselves. It was a great night of celebration and my congratulations go to all the winners and finalists."

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' which was won by two members of staff - the Trust's recently retired Medical Director, Dr Virginia Clough, and Kathy Kusinski who recently retired as Gastroenterology Secretary.

A special award was also presented to Chief Executive, Peter Herring who won the 'Leonie Kenny Award for Inspirational Leadership'. Peter is leaving the Trust in September after 12 years to take up the role of Chief Executive at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. His vision and leadership was commended by the Trust's Director of Human Resources, Susan Young who presented the award.


Celebration of Achievement Awards - Winners & Finalist


Governor of the Year

Winner: Eleanor Hornsby


Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Sylvia Oakley

Sylvia was originally a member of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) and helped out as a volunteer at main reception from 2001 onwards.  Nowadays Sylvia is a valued member of our Meet and Greet team still welcoming visitors in to the hospital and offering help and assistance.

Finalist: Paul Davies
Finalist: Spencer and Margaret Pierce
Finalist: Dennis Worth
Finalist: John Tsang


Patient Choice Award for Outstanding Care

Winner: Roz Harris

Roz works at the Trust as rotational Midwife and has been with the Countess since 1982. Roz's role involves caring for women in labour and also providing care ante and post natal on Cestrian Ward.  As well the obvious care and support in labour and delivery, her role also includes health education, mentoring student midwives and deputising for the ward manager. In the patient nomination Roz was described as being "caring, knowledgeable, supportive and efficient.  The ultimate professional, who is in ambassador for the hospital, the Midwifery profession and the NHS as a whole."

Finalist: Laura Armstrong
Finalist: Kirsten Potter
Finalist: Rebecca Johnson
Finalist: Jill Ellis


Outstanding Individual Achievement of the Year Award

Winner: Hayley Kendall

Hayley has been the lead person for the completion and submission of tenders for two major Trust developments, the Arterial Centre and the Bariatric Surgery Centre.  She has achieved this on top of her usual operational role managing several surgical specialties, due to her willingness to go the extra mile for the Trust, and her strong commitment to her role.  Due to her hard work we have been successful in winning both contracts which is a significant development for the Trust .

Finalist: Karen Rogers
Finalist: Dr Niru Goenka


Outstanding Team Achievement of the Year Award

Winner: Electronic Prescribing Team

The team have worked incredibly hard to implement the challenging remit of electronic prescribing within the organisation.  The project has involved massive input from the team including site visits, system development, hardware procurement and set up and the training of around 1500 staff and then gradual roll out across the Trust.  Amazingly the team have managed to do this in only 9 months which is a fantastic achievement. It's only been made possible due to the commitment and hard work of the staff involved who worked extremely hard and to the absolute best of their ability and capacity.  The result is a very successful EP process that has been accepted as business as usual and highly commended by staff.

Finalist: HR Shared Services and Wellbeing Team
Finalist: Joint Microbiology Implementation Team


Lifetime Achievement Awards

Winner: Virginia Clough
Winner: Kathy Kusinski