Celebration of Achievement Awards

What are the Celebration of Achievement Awards?

The Celebration of Achievement Awards enable us to take time out to recognise some of the truly remarkable people who work here at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

There are 17 awards presented as part of the awards. Nominations come from our own staff, volunteers and governors - though patients can also get involved by submitting nominations for our Patient Choice Award.


Details of the winners

Message from our Chief Executive

RJAH has a well-established reputation for innovation and excellence, but it is a pleasure for me to see first-hand in my role as Chief Executive  just how talented our people are.

What struck me, though, is that we don’t shout enough about our achievements. It’s why we launched our Celebration
of Achievement Awards. I want us to be vocal in acknowledging achievement and success.

Recognition is important. Celebrating achievement is important. We are all so busy, and the challenges facing the NHS at the moment are large, that it is easy to forget about the many, many things we do so well.

All of our staff making a big difference to the lives of our patients and those they work with, every single day. This is just one way we can say thank you!

Best wishes,

Mark Brandreth
Chief Executive


Details about the awards categories

Categories open to Staff Nomination

Outstanding Team Achievement of the Year / Outstanding Individual Achievement of the Year

These two categories acknowledge those individuals and teams (departmental teams, project teams, or multi-disciplinary teams) respectively who go above and beyond what is expected in their role, and who consistently demonstrate our Trust values in order to deliver excellence for their patients and other customers.  

Quality Improvement of the Year

This category is open to an individual or team who have shown that they have worked to achieve improvements in the service that they provide and who support and motivate others to improve their service, either during a period of specific change or continuous improvement activities.

Education and Learning Award

This category is open to any member of staff or student who has shown exceptional commitment to learning and education that they have undertaken, be that Academic, Vocational or as part of an apprenticeship or student placement.  This learning and education should be significant to them and made a difference in their role, either in confidence or skill and contributed to the wider team in some way.

NHS70 Lifetime Achievement Award

This award – offered in the year the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday – will be presented to a member of staff who has shown outstanding dedication to the Trust and the NHS over a long and distinguished career of at least 20 years, and whose contribution has had a significant and positive impact on the people around them and the work of the Trust as a whole.

Living the Values Award

This category is open to any member of staff who you feel lives and breathes the Trust Values in the work that they do.  Those nominated show consistent excellence in how they behave when working with patients, visitors or staff.  

Richard Clarke Unsung Hero Award

This category is open to any member of staff who deserves recognition for the great job that they do. This may be someone that has been involved with patient care and shows empathy and understanding or someone who works in a non-patient facing role who shows tireless support for the needs of the service.  The Unsung Hero is aimed at someone who does not always get the recognition and thanks for the work that they do so well. It is named in memory of Richard Clarke, a former Non-Executive Director at RJAH, who sadly passed away in 2017.

Cornerstone Award

This award is open to any non-clinical member of staff or team who work specifically in one of our Corporate Service departments. The award is named as such because the Corporate Services within the Trust are a crucial part of providing excellence in patient care.  The Encarta definition of Cornerstone is ‘Vital person or thing – somebody or something fundamentally important’

Patient Safety Award

Patient safety is the business of every individual involved in healthcare, whether they are on the board or on the ward. This category recognises individuals or teams who have developed their service to improve the safety of patients within the Trust. It could include a specific innovation or a wider cultural initiative. 

Mary Powell Award for Nurse of the Year

To recognise an exemplar of the Nursing profession who represents all the 6C’s (Care, Compassion, Communication, Commitment, Courage and Competence) and positive behaviours we could hope for in a Nurse.

Closed Selection Categories (Not open to staff nomination)

The Sir Robert Jones Award

A new award for 2018, the nominees for the Sir Robert Jones Award will be put forward from the consultant body and will recognise a doctor who has made an exceptional contribution to improving care or safety for our patients.

The Chief Executive’s Award for Inspirational Leadership

This category is open to individuals who are considered to be an ‘inspirational’ leader by their peers and colleagues. This award recognises leadership at any level that really exemplifies our desired leadership behaviours and standards and motivates those around them to do the best that they can in whatever activity they are involved in, in the good times and times of adversity.

Governor of the Year Award

To recognise our Governors who give up their time to make valuable contribution to the work of the organisation.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This category is to recognise a voluntary member of staff for their hard work and dedication.  This may be in a patient focused role or in a support role.  The winner is chosen by the committee of The League of Friends to RJAH. 

Partnership Award

To recognise excellence and dedication to patient care and quality not just within our Trust, but also in partnership with other Trusts, collaborators and stakeholders. 

STAR Award

To recognise a Ward Team who have demonstrated excellence and consistent improvement in the STAR (Sustaining Quality Through Assessment & Review) assessment. The STAR assessment is a Trust-wide uniform approach in monitoring quality standards of patient care and focusses on a true multi-disciplinary approach. The shortlist for this award is decided by the senior nursing team.

Patient Choice Award for Outstanding Care

To recognise individuals or teams in a patient facing service or support service.  This is about working hard to ensure that the service we offer patients is the highest standard it can be and constantly seeking ways to make improvements.  Nominations can come from our patients in a range of ways including nomination forms, letters, emails and telephone calls.
Click here to find out about submitting a nomination for the Patient Choice Award.