Health and care providers across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire make up nearly half of the finalists in the South West Health Education England Star Awards 2018.
The NHS HEE Awards recognise the best in education and training across the sector in the region and Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, North Bristol NHS Trust, North Somerset Community Partnership, Sirona care & health, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have all been shortlisted.
Innovation ranges from a “Bag of Calm” created by a South Gloucestershire mum to help youngsters with autism, to individuals passionate about education, training and learning at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital and involving people in the community in the care provided across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Between them they have made the shortlist for the following categories Inspiring Educator, Education and Training Team of the Year, Hearing the Patient Voice, Innovation Champion, Intermediate Apprentice of the Year and Advanced Apprentice of the Year.
HEE describe the awards as “celebrating individuals or teams providing health care or public health services for NHS patients and service users in NHS trusts, general practice, local authority, education and independent or private settings including those providing pharmacy, dental and optometry services.”
The five local organisations are part of Healthier Together, the BNSSG Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, which is working together to make health and care services fit for the future.
Robert Woolley, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol and Lead for Healthier Together, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the finalists. Their contribution demonstrates the passion and commitment of local people and staff in improving our health and care services. Staff development is a core component of Healthier Together as we look to develop sustainable services for the future.”
Julia Ross, Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Through Healthier Together, local health and care organisations are working much more closely to understand the issues which need to be overcome.
“Staff innovation is so important in helping us to find ways to continuously improve our services so we can provide the best possible care for our patients. We are all proud of the recognition which these awards have given teams and individuals across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.”
Jenny Turton, NSCP Director of People & Organisational Development said,
“We are delighted our Learning & Development Team are finalists for the Team of the Year Award. They are a tremendous team who support all of our fantastic staff to deliver the best possible services for patients. All of NSCP will be rooting for them.”
The award ceremony for the Star Awards takes place at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton on 6 March.
Staff and teams from BNSSG shortlisted are:
Inspiring Educator: Rachel Sunley – University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
Education and Training Team of the Year: Learning and Development Team – North Somerset Community Partnership.
Hearing the Patient Voice: The Engagement Team, Minor Injuries team at Yate and Kelly Lloyd – Sirona care & health; Medical Education and Patient and Public Involvement Teams -University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust; Tom Cave and Lauren Padfield – University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
Innovation Champion: The Library – University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust; Kassin Yakhlef -Bristol CCG.
Outstanding Learner: Mollie Lomax – North Bristol NHS Trust; Liza Paredes-Echeverria – North Bristol NHS Trust.
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Mollie Lomax – North Bristol NHS Trust; Georgia Northcott – North Bristol NHS Trust.
Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Liza Paredes-Echeverria – North Bristol NHS Trust.