The Fire Incident Response team at Altnagelvin Hospital has picked up the top award at the Western Health and Social Care Trust fifth annual staff awards ceremony.
The awards are held to honour the sterling work and commitment of Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) staff.
There were seven award categories along with the overall Chairman’s Award, which went to the Fire Incident Response Team at Altnagelvin Hospital.
There have a been a number of fire-related incidents at the Derry hospital in recent years, the latest earlier this month when an automated alarm was triggered a major alert.
The most serious incident occurred in November last year when a number of wards had to evacuated when a fire broke out on the hospital’s main building.
Elaine Way, chief executive Western Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way, paid tribute to the hospital’s staff.
She said: “At last year’s awards we had the opportunity to praise staff on their tremendous response during and after the fire incident at Altnagelvin Hospital and I am absolutely delighted that we are able to recognise all those staff who have worked extremely hard behind the scenes over the past year to ensure that services continued in the Trauma and Orthopaedics Department.
Individuals and teams were celebrated for being innovative and for setting an example to others as well as their commitment and for the part they play in delivering an excellent service.
Dr Rose Sharkey, lead clinician for Respiratory Services across the Trust, won the Leadership Award for her quiet dedication and inspirational energy which to gives clinical leadership to her team.
Noel Ward won the Support Worker Award for the contribution he makes to Creggan Day Centre in Derry city.
:: Addiction Team and Primary Care Liaison based at the Emergency Departments in the South West Acute Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital – Winners of the Improving Patient Service of Access to Service Award.
:: Respiratory Nurse Specialist Team based at Altnagelvin Hospital, South West Acute Hospital and Tyrone County Hospital – Winners of the Improving Patient Service of Access to Service Award.
:: Foster Care Support and Development Team at Riverview House, Derry – Highly Commended in the Team Award.
:: Children’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Forum based across the Western Trust in Coleshill, Enniskillen; Rivendell, Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh and Aberfoyle, Derry and Calum McColgan, from Strabane – Highly Commended in the Patient and Public Involvement Award.
:: Fire Incident Response Team, Altnagelvin Hospital – Winners of the Chairman’s Award.
:: Dr Rose Sharkey, lead clinician for Respiratory Services next to her Mother Teresa – Winner of the Leadership Award.
:: Noel Ward, driver, Creggan Day Centre and Christine Lynn, home help, Limavady – Joint winners of the Support Worker Award.
:: Staff from the Critical Care Outreach Team, Intensive Care Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital -Winners of the Quality and Safety Award.
:: Aine Doherty, Renal Patient View (RPV) Project Implementation Nurse, Altnagelvin Hospital – Winner of the Patient and Public Involvement Award.
:: Staff from the Emergency Department in Altnagelvin Hospital – Joint winners of the Team Award.
:: Staff from the Tissue Viability Team, Altnagelvin Hospital – Winners of the Team Award.
:: Garrett, Lead Nurse for Endoscopy, Altnagelvin Hospital – Highly Commended for the Leadership Award.
:: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) – Highly Commended in the Improving Patient Service or Client Service Award.
:: Paediatric staff, Ward 6/16, Altnagelvin Hospital – Highly Commended in the Improving Patient Service of Access to Service Award.
:: Aisling Bonner and Russell Doherty, decontamination engineer, Estates Department, Altnagelvin Hospital – Highly Commended in the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Award.
:: Wendy Cross and Chris Young, clerical officers, Audit Department, Altnagelvin Hospital – Highly Commended in the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Award.
:: Joy Whelan, senior dietitian, Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, Shantallow Health Centre – Highly Commended in the Improving Patient Service of Access to Service Award.
:: Claire Lightowlers, exercise professional, Conditions Management Programme, Rathmor – Highly Commended in the Patient and Public Involvement Award.
The awards ceremony was held in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh and were presented by the chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian and chief executive, Elaine Way.
Special guest, Health Minister Edwin Poots paid tribute to the vital role played by health and social care staff in the West.
Mr Poots said: “This awards ceremony celebrates the dedication and professionalism of health and social care staff. The recipients of the awards are some of the very best people that the health and social care services have, and are examples of how individuals and teams in the HSC are working to deliver excellent services which have the service user at their heart.
“The staff who are being recognised today are people who have made an exceptional contribution to improving services in all fields of the health and social care services, from improving a service across the whole Western Trust area to transforming the lives of a small number of individuals.”Tags: