Nurses, therapists, admin staff and managers were among the winners in the seventh annual Sirona Awards for Excellence 2018.
Held at The Bristol and Bath Science Park last night, the event celebrates Sirona’s foundation as a not-for-profit organisation providing high quality NHS and Local Authority funded care.
This year the ceremony was themed around the 70th birthday of the NHS and saw two special awards for the occasion as well as a stunning cake in the shape of the number 70.
Also new this year was an award open to all staff working for the Community Children’s Health Partnership and this was won by Karen Wilmot, Occupational Therapy Lead from Bristol Community Health.
It was sponsored by Cordell Health, Node4, Storetec, Credence, Ralph Allen Press and our own Sirona Foundation.
Janet Rowse, Sirona’s chief executive, said: “It is so important that we do take the opportunity to celebrate the astonishing achievements that are part of what Sirona great. The Care Quality Commission inspectors said that “going above and beyond was just the norm in Sirona”. Our awards night demonstrated that this is still so true.”
Simon Knighton, chairman, said: “This year’s nominations were, without exception, brilliant examples of the professionalism and dedication that I see day in day out when I visit services across Sirona; and those who were shortlisted for these awards were the best of an extremely impressive bunch so well done to all of you.
“It is the very nature of awards that I can’t give every single person nominated or shortlisted a trophy to take home but I am so proud of every individual and team that makes Sirona what it is today.”
Team of the Year Winners: School Immunisation Team, Recruitment Team Highly Commended: The Flu Team responsible for immunising staff; the Electronic Patient Record implementation team within the IT department and the South Gloucestershire Community Learning Disabilities Team.
Colleague of the Year Winner: Christine Park, Ward Clark in Kingswood. Highly Commended: Courtney Davis, End of Life Service co-ordinator and Debra Nicholson, Infection, Prevention and Control Nurse.
Community Contribution of the Year Winner: Emily Denham – Head of Learning Disabilities who completed the Marathon of the Sands – six marathons in six days in the Sahara Desert. Highly Commended: Sue Bendall, administrator at Combe Lea Community Resource Centre in Midsomer Norton.
Chief Executive’s Award for Taking it Personally Winner: Community Paediatrician Dr Rachel Khanna. Highly Commended – Laura Salter, health visitor clerk in Kingswood and Val Anderson, Dermatology Nurse Specialist.
Personal Development Winner: Physiotherapist and respiratory specialist Sara-Jayne Willets Highly Commended: Cat Dando and Karen Hawker, Emergency Care Practitioners.
Community Children’s Health Partnership Award Winner: Karen Wilmot, Children’s Occupational Therapy Lead based in Bristol Community Health CIC. Highly Commended: Karen Evans, Head of School Nursing (South Gloucestershire) and Specialist Services and Pat Carr, Professional Lead for School Nursing and Health Visitor Sarah Clarke
Leadership Award Winner: Bev Mason, Locality Manager for Severnvale and Yate Highly Commended: Jason Broadley, matron at Yate Minor Injuries Unit and Amanda Barnes, manager of St John’s Court Extra Care facilities in Bath.
Bank Staff Award Winner: Nurse Susan White Highly Commended: The Bank Team at Combe Lea Community Resource Centre in Midsomer Norton.
Cordell Health and Wellbeing Award Winner: District nurse Claire Eccles, Team Lead for Leap Valley District Nurses. Highly Commended: Bethan O’Rouke, physiotherapist, who runs Sirona’s staff physiotherapy service.
NHS70th Award Clinical Excellence Award: District Nurse Hazel Roddan Unsung Hero: Belinda Woodey, Downend Clinic receptionist.
I think they deserve it award Winners: Hanham District Nurses and staff at St John’s Court, Bath.
Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution Winner: Sue Lane, Extra Care manager in Bath and North East Somerset