Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire NHS Heroes celebrated in for herculean efforts against Covid

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has celebrated the achievements of colleagues at its annual staff awards – themed around One Team One Goal in recognition of the whole Trust’s united efforts against COVID-19 to protect the vulnerable while keeping patients and colleagues safe.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 10:05 am
Updated Friday, 4th June 2021, 10:08 am
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Judges received nearly 350 nominations, almost double the usual number.

A series of small, socially-distanced ceremonies were hosted at Wycombe Hospital with over 500 colleagues, friends and family sharing the day remotely through a livestream link – some as far away as Greece and Dubai.

Neil Macdonald, Chief Executive at the Trust, opened each ceremony and commented: “Extraordinary things have happened to us – and we responded in extraordinary ways,

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uniting as one team behind a single goal. I will never be able to thank my colleagues enough for what they have done.”

The Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) team won the coveted Patient Choice Award, nominated by a grateful mum for making sure her daughter had constant access to life-saving intravenous antibiotics. She praised their “absolutely outstanding commitment which goes above and beyond. ... When OPAT turns up it is a weight off her shoulders as she knows she is in very safe hands.”

Fittingly, the Acute Healthcare Award was shared jointly by Respiratory Physiotherapy, the Intensive Care Unit and the Respiratory team who all worked tirelessly during the pandemic, volunteering for extra hours and learning rapidly about new methods of treatments and drugs”.

Here were the winners on the night -

Awards given to individuals and teams who were leading examples of each of the Trust’s CARE (collaborate, aspire, respect, enable) values:

o CARE Award for ‘collaborate’: Clinical Engineering Team

o CARE Award for ‘aspire’: Lorraine Boylan, Matron, Outpatients and Pre-assessment

o CARE Award for ‘respect’: Jacqui Carr, Locality Manager District Nurse

o CARE Award for ‘enable’: Kelly Wheeler, Healthcare Assistant

CEO Award for Leadership: Dr Charlotte Campbell, Respiratory

Chief Nurse’s One Team One Goal Nurse & Midwife Individual Award: Sarah Shipley, ICU Specialist Nurse

Chief Nurse’s 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife Team Award: Clinical Research & Innovation

Community Healthcare Team Award: Rapid Response Intermediate Care

Non-Clinical Service Award: Human Resources Best Practice Team

One Team One Goal Award: Microbiology Team

Partnership Working Award: Ben Chetland, Community Head Injury Service

Patient Choice Award: Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy team

You Made a Difference Award: The Day Team at Florence Nightingale House

Volunteer of the Year Award: shared by Reuben Gates and Tim Robathan

Plus CEO Awards for Outstanding Contribution during COVID-19:

o Patrick Buckley, Temporary Staffing Manager

o Karon Hart, Deputy Director of Workforce

o Mark Johnson, Education Fellow - Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus

o Steve Lambert, Assistant Head of Procurement

o Dr Vandita Ralhan, Anaesthetist

o Mark Squire, Head of Business Intelligence

o Stephen Squire, Head of Medical Technology & Clinical Engineering Services

o John Upstone, IT Infrastucture Delivery Manager

o Dr Raha West, SAS Doctor in Anaesthetic and ICU

o Dr Nick Wong, Consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Infection Control Lead