A night of celebration for RJAH teams

Release Date: 24/11/2017

A night of celebration for RJAH teams

The commitment and hard work of staff working at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) was recognised at its annual Celebration of Achievement Awards.

A total of 17 awards were presented to individuals and teams from the Oswestry-based hospital during the ceremony at the Lion Quays Hotel last night, which was compered by Mr Robin Banerjee, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at RJAH.

Winners on the night included Pip Page-Davies, Staff Nurse on Oswald Ward, who was the recipient of the Patient Choice Award. Thirty-five patients past and present nominated members of staff from across the hospital for the award, and a record 1,300 votes were cast for the shortlist of four which also included Mr Shashank Chitgopkar, Consultant Spinal Surgeon; Gill Lawrence, Extended Scope Practitioner and Mary Watkins, Specialist Psychologist Rehabilitation Practitioner.

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of RJAH, said: “It was a brilliant evening and fantastic to have so many of our great members of staff come together to celebrate some of our achievements from the past year.

“Last night’s ceremony rounded up a brilliant year for the hospital, as the night before a team of 10 of us attended the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, where we were shortlisted in two categories, as well as being ranked No 1 in the country for overall patient experience in an inpatient survey carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

“We have an incredible team at the RJAH working in clinical and non-clinical roles who are making a massive difference to the lives of their patients and colleagues on a daily basis, so really last night was our chance to say thank you for everyone’s efforts.”

Other award recipients included Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Rob Alcock, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Mary Powell Nurse of the Year Award – named in honour of a legendary former matron at the hospital – was presented to Acute Pain Sister, Nicki Williams.

It was double award success for Oswald Ward, who as well as seeing their Staff Nurse Pip Page-Davies win the Patient Choice Award, also won the STAR Award.

The Orthotics team also had wins in two categories in the Quality Improvement of the Year Award, and in the Commitment to Learning Award, which went to Senior Orthotist, Emma Bonnick.

Nick Richardson, Senior Technician in the Sterile Services Department, won the Richard Clarke Unsung Hero Award – which was named in memory of a former Non-Executive Director of the hospital who sadly passed away last year. Richard’s wife Rosemary and daughter Elspeth were there to see it presented.

Frank Collins, Trust Chairman, said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to spend the evening celebrating the achievements of the hard-working teams and individuals who work at RJAH.

“Congratulations to all the winners, finalists and those who were nominated for awards, and I would also like to put on the record my appreciation for staff members who were unable to attend the event because they were on shift caring for our patients. That can’t go without mention.

“I am immensely proud to be chairman of this inspiring organisation and last night was no exception to that.”

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