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A week to show we're Proud

17 Dec 2019 10:28:22
Proud group 2019

In November, the Trust held its annual Proud Week which provides the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our staff and the organisation through a number of events.

Louise Barnett, Chief Executive, said: “People are at the heart of the NHS; patients, families, staff and everyone who works together to provide care. Proud Week is our way of celebrating the outstanding achievements and dedication of many of our wonderful colleagues and teams, and to say a special thank you for the amazing job they do every day.”

Recognition of Learning Celebration

The Recognition of Learning Celebration, hosted by Martin Havenhand, the Trust’s Chairman, and Louise Barnett, Chief Executive, recognises colleagues who have undertaken some form of learning, training or personal development in the last year, to further enhance their skills and the services and care we can provide to our patients.

Over 200 colleagues across the Trust have undertaken some form of learning and development in the past year, and around 50 of these were able to attend the celebratory event.

Congratulations everyone!

Volunteer Celebration

Volunteers greatly enhance the patients experience by being a smiling face, a helping hand or merely a person to talk to. We know how important our volunteers are and take this opportunity to recognise their commitment in supporting our Trust and our patients.

There are over 100 volunteers across the Trust, offering their time once or twice each week in the hospital and community, and in some cases, giving more time. A number of the Trust’s volunteers also dedicate their time to fundraising and have raised thousands for Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity. This includes supporting with fundraising events such as at Christmas and Spring fairs and also running a number of year-long services and activities, including book and plant sales and running a café for patients at our Park Rehabilitation Centre.

In the last year, volunteers have raised an astonishing £3,175.

There are 22 volunteers who have dedicated 5 years or more to volunteering for our Trust. No thank you would be big enough for this incredible achievement and dedication, so the Chairman, Martin Havenhand, formally recognised this with a long service award.

Special recognition was also given to Gwen Braidley who has volunteered for an amazing 43 years! Thank you Gwen!

Long Service Awards

The NHS has a lot of dedicated staff that have provided loyal service for a long period of time. Each year we recognise those colleagues that have worked in the NHS for an incredible 40 years.  

18 colleagues achieved this milestone in 2019 and were presented with their long service awards in the main entrance of Rotherham Hospital, cheered on by family, friends and patients.

Proud Awards 2019

Our Proud Week celebrations were brought to a close with the glittering Proud Awards ceremony, which was attended by over 350 colleagues and representatives from other organisations that work with the Trust joined those who had made the shortlist.

Over 400 nominations were received in total. Each one was reviewed by a panel to produce the shortlist that went forward to the award ceremony.

The winners of the 2019 Proud Awards are:

Core Values – Ambitious

Stella Krain – Community Hospital Admission Avoidance Team

Core Values – Caring

Dr Magdalena Turzyniecka - Pathology

Core Values – Together

Mr Stuart Richards - ENT

Partnership Award

Fortem Northern Trainee Management Team

Learning and Development Award

Dawn White – Therapy Services

Unsung Hero Award

Beverley Lomas – Special Care Baby Unit

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Andrew Moore and John Lipski

Our Top Leader Award

Joanne Greenlees – Community Nursing

Clinical Team of the Year Award

Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition – Nutrition and Dietetics

Non-Clinical Team of the Year Award


Shining Star of the Year Award

Wendy Perry – Estates and Facilities

Outstanding Quality in Care Award

Jennie Swift – WHAM (Weight, Health and Attitude Management 0-19 Service)

My Idea Made a Difference Award

SCBU Outreach Parent and Baby Group

Public Recognition Award

Dr Binu Varughese – Gastroenterology

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Healthcare

Mr Indranil Chakrabarti – Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon

Chief Executive’s Award

Dr Richard Went – Clinical Haematology

Chairman’s Award

Dr Clare Windsor – Critical Care

Portering Team – Estates and Facilities

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Fiona Fawthrop - Rheumatology

Louise Barnett, Chief Executive, said: “The Proud Awards was a fabulous event, recognising the fantastic contribution of colleagues and volunteers who work right across our organisation in community, hospital and corporate services. 

“I am really proud of all our worthy winners, everyone who was nominated and all our staff in the Trust who are so committed to providing high quality care to our patients.”

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for this year’s awards. Keep an eye out next year for nominations opening!