BLOG: NHS Heroes and staff awards
3:30pm Monday 20th August 2012 in News
NHS Heroes is a new national award scheme that recognises the efforts of staff whose expertise, passion for care, concern and everyday kindness touches the lives of patients and their families in hospital and community services.
People whose day-to-day work has changed, enhanced or even saved a life dear to them.
There are a vast number of amazing people at St George's Healthcare who are doing great things every single day. These awards are a great opportunity to recognise those people.
The awards are open to all staff working in the NHS, whether they are clinical or not, and nominations can be submitted until mid-September on the NHS Heroes website www.nhsheroes.com.
At St George's we have a set of values that set out the standards of behaviour we expect from all our staff - excellent, kind, responsible, respectful.
Staff nominate their colleagues who they feel best embody these behaviours and deserve recognition for a Living Our Values Award, with a team and individual award for each value.
Over the last year awards have been given to staff in a diverse range of services, including the sewing room, mortuary and central booking service.
These winners were amongst the lucky few who got a sneak preview of the Olympic games opening ceremony.
Every NHS trust in London was given tickets for the dress rehearsal, and there were no more deserving recipients than our Living Our Values Award winners.
Last week Sue Lowndes, advanced nurse practitioner at St George's, was voted 'Breast Care Nurse of the Year 2011' by patients and customers of a specialist women's clothing company.
International Nurses' Day was celebrated at St George's Healthcare on Friday 11th May with the trust's annual Nurse of the Year awards.
Awards presented include Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year, Healthcare Assistant of the Year and Mentor of the Year. All award nominations were put forward by trust colleagues for their outstanding contribution over the last year.
The 'Auntie Lucy' award, a nursing education award of up to £1,000 in memory of former St George's Healthcare employee Lucy Kpobie, was also presented at this ceremony.
Click here to let us know who your NHS Hero is.
by Miles Scott, chief executive of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust