Staff from Bridgewater were celebrating this week at the trust’s annual staff awards ceremony.
The event held at Halton Stadium in Widnes on Tuesday 17 September showcased the exceptional dedication and passion for patient care of staff working across the trust in a range of different services.
The success stories of the day included the trust’s Health and Justice service which provides healthcare in prisons and saw colleagues named as winners in four of the 10 award categories including a new Staff Engagement Award and a special Highly Commended Award for the trust’s healthcare team at HMP Wymott.
Also celebrating was the North West Driving Assessment Service after being named Clinical Team of the Year for the way in which the staff worked together to introduce a range of service improvements for clients.
There was also high praise for services in Warrington with two long-serving staff in the borough each receiving a highly coveted award from the Chair of the trust.
Two colleagues in the Community Neurosciences service at Orford Jubliee Park were named winners of the Contribution to Research and Innovation Award for setting up a research site in a national study looking at the impact of vocational rehabilitation on the return to work experiences of stroke survivors.
In Oldham there was double delight after staff in the Oldham Right Start and School Nursing service triumphed in the Community Engagement Award, in recognition of inspirational work with volunteers, and in the Clinical Employee of the Year award category.
Corporate teams were also recognised in this year’s awards with the trust’s Talent for Care team named winners of the Non-Clinical Team of the Year Award in recognition of their work to recruit 40 apprentices within the past year.
The team also work to provide development opportunities for junior staff across the whole trust footprint and have done huge amounts of work to find work experience placements for disadvantaged groups, including looked after children, within our communities.
Bridgewater’s Chief Executive Colin Scales said:
“The Bridgewater Staff Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on our hard-working colleagues and their achievements over the past 12 months.
“We received some truly amazing nominations which showcased the efforts of our staff to provide the best possible care for patients and to ensure the safe delivery of services. I am really proud of all our award winners and finalists and am truly inspired by their tremendous hard work and dedication.
“This year we have introduced new award categories which recognise our commitment to staff engagement and making Bridgewater a better place to work.”
The event was supported by GRI Geometric Results Inc, the Alzheimer’s Society, Cadent Gas and Widnes Vikings ladies team.
Full details of this year’s award winners:
Clinical Team of The Year Award
- North West Driving Assessment Centre
Non Clinical Team of The Year Award
- Talent for Care Team
Clinical Employee of the Year Award
- Julie Pickles, assistant practitioner, Oldham Right Start Health Visiting Team
Non Clinical Employee of the Year Award
- Bev Medhurst, performance co-ordinator and Personal Assistant, Health and Justice services
Contribution to Research and Innovation Award
- Marie Martland and Bernadette Mason, Community Neurosciences team at Orford Jubilee Park, Warrington
Community Engagement Award
- Alison Pywell, volunteer coordinator, Oldham Right Start and School Nursing service
Learner of the Year Award
- Stuart Burnop, trainee nurse associate, HMP Garth, Leyland .
Staff Engagement Award
- Steve Lacey, head of healthcare, HMP Risley, Warrington
- Cathy Walmsley, retired nurse from the Enhanced Care Home Support Service, Warrington
- Helen Anderson, quality support officer, Family Nurse Partnership, Warrington
Highly Commended Award
- HMP Wymott Prison Healthcare Team, Leyland