RJAH staff achievements celebrated at annual awards night

Release Date: 22/11/2019

RJAH staff achievements celebrated at annual awards night

The hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers working at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) was recognised at its fourth 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 much-loved BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Eric Smith.

Winners on the night included Jean Blakemore - Healthcare Assistant on Alice Ward – the hospital’s dedicated children’s unit, who was presented with the Patient Choice Individual Award.  Almost 1,000 votes were cast for the four finalists – who also included Jayne Brown, Physiotherapist; Emma Evans, Healthcare Assistant on Gladstone Ward; and Mr Simon Hill, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

While, the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) won the Patient Choice Team Award. Just over 1,000 votes were cast for the four teams in the running for the award, which included Baschurch Day Unit, Clwyd Ward and Montgomery Unit.

This year, both the Individual and Team Patient Choice Awards were sponsored by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors.

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of RJAH, said: “It was fantastic to see more than 250 colleagues come together to celebrate our achievements of the past year.

“We have an incredible team here at 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.

“I’m only sorry we cannot fit everyone into the event, and we also must thank those members of staff who were still working hard to keep the hospital running while we enjoyed our night.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Eric for compering the evening. He is absolutely fantastic at what he does – and he was a big factor in ensuring the evening was such a brilliant occasion.”

Other award recipients included, Miss Gill Cribb, Orthopaedic and Oncological Surgeon and Clinical Lead for the Tumour Unit, who was presented with the Chief Executive’s Award for Inspirational Leadership.

The Mary Powell Nurse of the Year Award – named in honour of a legendary former matron at the hospital – was presented to Anne Lloyd, Clwyd Ward Manager. The Sir Robert Jones Doctor of the Year Award went to Mr Andrew Bing, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Gwyndaf Lloyd was recognised for his warm and friendly approach with patients and visitors, while working on the hospital’s Help Desk by winning the Volunteer of the Year Award, while Shropshire Community Health  NHS Trust were presented with the Partnership Award, for their work alongside RJAH in further developing musculoskeletal services across the footprint of the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP.

Some of the loudest cheers of the night were reserved for the Estates Team, who won the Outstanding Team Achievement of the Year, and Mark Devaney, Staff Nurse on Wrekin Ward, who won the Richard Clarke Unsung Hero of the Year Award.

Ahead of the ceremony getting underway, staff were treated to a surprise musical performance from singing CEO Mark Brandreth, who sang Michael BublĂ©’s rendition of ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’.

A singer outside of work, Mark made the decision to perform just days before the event.

He added: “Every year we always have some form of entertainment at the awards, so this year I thought let’s do something a bit different. Before last night, a few people knew I was a singer but a lot probably didn’t, so I think it definitely came as a surprise to many!”

 

Winners in full:

Award

Winner

Outstanding Team Achievement of the Year

Estates Team

Outstanding Individual Achievement of the Year Award

Kerry Adams, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Montgomery Unit

Sir Robert Jones Doctor of the Year Award

Mr Andrew Bing, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Cornerstone Award

Implant Room

League of Friends Volunteer of the Year Award

Gwyn Lloyd

AHP/Pharmacist of the Year
 

Sam Dawson, Physiotherapist

Richard Clarke Unsung Hero of the Year Award

Mark Devaney, Wrekin Ward Staff Nurse

Partnership Award

Shropcom

Governor of the Year

Jan Greasley, Lead Governor

Service Improvement Award

Quality Improvement in Surgical Teams (QIST)

Clinical Scientist of the Year
 

Caroline Stewart, ORLAU Manager

Education and Learning Award

Danny Smith, Costing Assistant, Finance

Living the Values Award
 

Cian Arnold, People Services Information Assistant

Chief Executive’s Award for Inspirational Leadership

Miss Gillian Cribb, Orthopaedic and Oncological Surgeon and Clinical Lead for the Tumour Unit

Mary Powell Nurse of the Year

Anne Lloyd, Clwyd Ward Manager

Patient Choice Award (Individual)

Jean Blakemore, Healthcare Assistant on Alice Ward

Patient Choice Award (Team)
 

Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries

 

Photo caption: From left, Dawn Humphries, Partner at Lanyon Bowdler, who sponsored the Individual and Team Patient Choice Awards; Winner of the Patient Choice Individual Award, Jean Blakemore, Healthcare Assistant on Alice Ward; Sophie Davies, Chartered Legal Executive at Lanyon Bowdler; and Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive.



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