The red carpet was rolled out once again for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s biggest celebratory event of the year – the PROUD Awards 2016.
Our PROUD Awards celebrate dedicated and caring colleagues who ensure patients receive the best and most compassionate treatment they deserve.
The event was held at The Carlton Park Hotel with more than 150 colleagues attending to cheer on 62 amazing shortlisted nominees.
Louise Barnett, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “The PROUD Awards were a fantastic highlight of our Proud week of celebrations.
“We had an incredible response to this year’s awards with 432 nominations, including 137 for the Public Recognition Award, being received from members of the public and colleagues across the Trust.
“The awards ceremony was an inspirational and heart-warming event where we heard examples of the excellent work that goes on every day to care for our patients at home, in the community and in hospital. It was an absolute privilege to be there and to have the opportunity to recognise and say a huge thank you to all of our shortlisted, runner-ups and winners.”
Louise joined the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, the Trust’s Directors and Chairman, Martin Havenhand and reporter Joe Cawthorn from the Rotherham Advertiser to present 21 awards at the ceremony.
The awards championed individuals and teams who embody the Trust’s strategic objectives and values.
The Public Recognition Award was once again run in collaboration with the Rotherham Advertiser.
Medical and non-medical colleagues from across the Trust were nominated this year with Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Joanne Rose being crowned the winner and Sue Barrow, from the Community Heart Failure Team, the runner-up.
Joanne said: “After 31 years of nursing, winning a PROUD Award was a fantastic way to find out just how much of a difference I’ve made to people’s lives. It was such a shock! It didn’t really sink in what a wonderful achievement it is until I’d got home. My phone has been ringing off the hook with patients asking whether I won or not.
“The fact it’s an award from members of the public makes it extra special, unbelievable. If I retired today I would have achieved what I set out to do, which is to be there for my patients and their families.“I think the award is a great way of raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease and how important it is for patients to have a designated Parkinson’s nurse who can provide specialist care. We’re very lucky to have that in Rotherham."
Joanne has worked for the NHS for 31 years and been a Specialist Parkinson’s Disease Nurse for eight-and-a-half years. She was nominated multiple times by members of the public for caring for people with Parkinson’s disease.
One of her nominators Darryl Wright, from Kimberworth in Rotherham, said: “I lost my wife in January after just four days of illness. Joanne met me for a coffee and said that she had heard some rumours that I wasn’t happy. I said I felt like my life was falling apart. I didn’t want to go home and had been sleeping in the car.
“She said she had a friend who was also a widow with Parkinson’s who I might like to meet and talk to. I said I would try it. I met her for a coffee and we did talk and now we’re partners. That was Joanne trying to get me back into the world.
“I don’t call her Joanne – I call her my angel. She really cares about her patients.”
You can see videos about all our winners on YouTube.
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