On Thursday 12 November 2015, the Royal Surrey County Hospital enjoyed a fantastic evening, celebrating the hard work and dedication of those staff that go above and beyond for their patients.

The Royal Surrey Stars Awards 2015, The Refectory Guildford Cath

Team of the year: The Occupational Therapists

The Trust’s strategy, ‘to deliver the best care, anywhere’ forms the framework that enables the Trust to deliver the best patient care and an excellent experience in a productive way.

Peter Dunt, Chief Executive, said: “Our skilled, motivated teams work together to continuously improve the care we give to our patients and the outcomes we achieve for them. Our commitment to teaching is evidenced everyday through exceptional leadership and mentoring.We also work closely with our partners to deliver excellent care across a wider community. We are committed to research, development and innovation and the annual staff awards ceremony, is an opportunity to celebrate those who strive to deliver outstanding outcomes for our patients, often going above and beyond.”

The Royal Surrey Stars Awards 2015, The Refectory Guildford Cath

Best Outcomes winner: The Sepsis Clinical Leads. Dr Geeta Aggarwal

The Royal Surrey Stars Awards 2015, The Refectory Guildford Cath

Employee of the Year: Nicola Ho-Yen

This year patients and staff completed 160 nominations, highlighting those people that they saw working hard to deliver the Trust’s vision of providing the best care anywhere.

This year’s Patient’s Choice award went to Helen Griffiths. The patient who nominated her said: “From the moment I met Helen in 2013, I have been astonished by her hard work, care and commitment shown to me personally and the department. Helen profoundly tutored me through my diabetes in order so I could conceive my child in a healthy manor. Throughout my pregnancy, Helen literally held my hand. Her service went way beyond her job description and her hours! Helen was always a phone call or email away. She met me through labour. Visited after hour when baby was born and kept in touch after all to ensure my diabetes was ok. Her passion, care and knowledge of her job is exemplary and the Royal Surrey need to work hard to keep her. Helen must win an award. Ask anyone, she is a diamond in the Royal Surrey crown!”

Nicola Ho-Yen, the Deputy Chief Pharmacist is this year’s Employee of the Year. Nicola was nominated by Dr Michelle Gallagher, Consultant Gastroenterologist who said: “Nicola is a fantastic colleague and a major asset to the Trust. I feel she deserves an award this year for two areas in which she has worked tirelessly to improve patient care.

The Royal Surrey Stars Awards 2015, The Refectory Guildford Cath

Excellent Experience: Karen Cox

“Nicola leads the safe prescribing assessments and Trust induction for new junior doctors joining the Trust. Her methodical approach to assessing these mostly junior doctors, and liaison with Consultants, the medical education team and the trainees to address any areas for improvement is of vital importance to patient safety and improved patient care.

“She has also taken on the strategic leadership in pharmacy for the successful bid to be commissioned as the Surrey Hepatitis C Operational Delivery Network (HCV ODN). Under Nicola’s leadership, the pharmacy team co-ordinate the delivery of therapies for patients with Hepatitis C as agreed by the network MDT, allowing the Royal Surrey to be at the cutting edge of service delivery for hepatitis C, and has enabled us to be commissioned as the Surrey HCV ODN lead site – the only District General Hospital commissioned in the national bidding process.”

Finally, the Team of the Year award went to the Occupational Therapists team who were nominated by Vicki MacDonald and Suzanne Ward:“In the last year the team has been instrumental in the development of a number of new services that are proving to be both innovative and ground-breaking in the field of Occupational Therapy. Benefits have been felt by both patients and the Trust because of the changes made. The department is excelling in many areas.

The Royal Surrey Stars Awards 2015, The Refectory Guildford Cath

Skilled, Motivated Teams: Paediatric A&E Team

The team Service Managers are immensely proud of the team and their ability to embrace change and drive positive developments in the service as a department and in the trust as a wider organisation.

John Denning, Chairman comments:“In addition to those special awards mentioned above, we have a lot of Volunteers who give up their free time to help in the Trust. Their contributions are very much appreciated and I wanted to say congratulations to this year’s Volunteer of the Year, Sue Sanac, who has been with the Trust 23 years.

We would like to thank our VIP guests, MP Anne Milton, the Mayor and Mayoress of Waverley, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, the Ex-Mayor of Farnham and members of the CCG, for joining us to celebrate on this special occasion. Thank you also to the sponsors of the event, Bouygues, K2 Consultancy, Hempson’s, Medirest, ADP Architecture, Synergy Health, Jamie’s Italian, Grayshott Spa and Gidden Place, who kindly donated prizes for our winners.”

The Royal Surrey Stars Awards 2015, The Refectory Guildford Cath

Volunteer of the Year: Sue Sanac

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