Staff at a health trust have been honoured for the role they play to help deliver high quality care to patients.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held its 2014 Building a Caring Future staff awards which reward the dedication and commitment of its employees.
From more than 200 entries, 13 awards were presented which represent the services provided by the trust.
Jim Mackey, chief executive, said: “I was delighted to present our second Building a Caring Future staff awards and would like to congratulate the winners and everyone who was nominated.
“At a time when the NHS is going through one of the most challenging times, it is important to take time out to recognise and celebrate its greatest resource – our staff.
“The quality of the nominations was again excellent and they reflected the trust’s values showing true professionalism, dedication and commitment that our staff bring to their work every day, providing our patients and the wider public with the high quality of services they expect.
“It is with great pride that we hold these awards and celebrate our staff’s dedication and commitment in this way.”
Among the winners were:
l Volunteer of the year award – Anne Ward, North Tyneside hospital;
l Student of the year award – Bernadette Morales-Redpath, North Tyneside hospital;
l Innovation award – upper gastrointestinal team – trust-wide;
l Quality award – palliative care units – North Tyneside and Wansbeck;
l Celebrating equality and diversity award – catering (Cobalt) team and workforce team (HR);
l Clinical service team of the year – anticoagulation/pathology team, trust-wide;
l Making a difference award – Gordon Johnstone;
l The Rosemary Stephenson student nurse of the year award – Emily Pitkethly.