Health staff honoured in first ever awards

The winners of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's first staff awards with chief executive Jim Mackey (front left).

The winners of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's first staff awards with chief executive Jim Mackey (front left).

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Staff have been honoured for their tireless work at hospitals around the county.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held its first ever staff presentations – the ‘building a caring future awards’ – to celebrate the commitment and dedication of employees.

There were nearly 200 nominations for 11 awards in categories representing the breadth of services provided by the trust.

Jim Mackey, trust chief executive, said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners, the runners-up and everyone who was nominated for our first staff awards.

“It was great to see so many staff from across all areas of the trust being recognised for the work they do.

“I know the judging panel was very impressed by the breadth of work going on across the organisation and found it a really humbling experience to read the many amazing stories about our staff.”

“Our staff should all be very proud of the services we provide and I am delighted that we were able to celebrate our staff in this way.”

Among the winners were Michael Taylor, who won the innovation award after developing a picture food menu to help elderly patients, particularly those with dementia.

The trust-wide reducing harm team won the quality award while the palliative care domestics team won the essential services award and the support team award went to the health records team.

A number of individual awards were also handed out.