There were no losers at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Star Awards – just a raft of inspirational stories which showcased local health services at their very best. The awards – held to recognise the work of staff, volunteers and fundraisers who have really made a difference to a patient or service – attracted hundreds of entries this year in ten different categories.
While working in the cardiac catheter laboratories at The James Cook University Hospital, sister Karen Ainsworth though of an idea that would help patients, particularly those who suffered from dementia, during pacemaker procedures. She developed handles they could hold onto and her idea earned her ‘highly commended’ at the NHS Innovations Bright Ideas awards.
Staff nurse Sarah Brooks has landed this year’s prized Nightingale award for her outstanding contribution to patient care.
Sarah, who works on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, also took home the award for staff nurse of the year, to make it a double celebration for the 34 year-old from Marton.
The Parkinson’s team at The James Cook University Hospital has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent healthcare charity, to be part of its new £1.5 million innovation programme. The initiative from James Cook will set up a “Parkinson’s advanced symptom unit” (PASU) based in a local community day hospital to provide rapid access, specialist care for people struggling with their Parkinson’s symptoms.
THE midwife-led maternity centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has been praised by UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative, for the promotion of breastfeeding. The centre met all of the criteria relating to Stage 3 accreditation and now has the same level of accolade as the maternity unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for the excellence in accident and emergency care award, part of the CHKS annual Top Hospitals programme awards 2015. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and are awarded to healthcare organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.