Patients, carers, families and colleagues are being encouraged to nominate exceptional health care workers for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s 2016 PROUD Awards.
Following the success of last year’s awards, the Trust is once again inviting members of the public to nominate healthcare professionals for the 2016 PROUD Public Recognition Award.
The award category is designed to champion NHS staff who carry out their roles with dedication, professionalism and compassion. Members of the public can nominate any NHS employees working at Rotherham Hospital, at Rotherham Community Health Centre, BreathingSpace, at health centres, in people’s own homes and communities.
Louise Barnett, Chief Executive at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our Public Recognition Award is one of the most exciting categories of the PROUD awards because nominees are chosen by members of the public. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to nominate an individual or team who has made a real difference to your life, or the life of a friend or family member.
“We introduced this category two years ago and it has been incredibly well received with more than 300 nominations from members of the public last year. We’re looking for more submissions than ever before and I hope patients, their relatives and friends take this opportunity to recognise how hard staff across the Trust work to care for people in Rotherham. I know it really means a lot to staff who are nominated by members of the public who have taken time to say thank you.”
The 2016 PROUD Awards will take place on Friday 11 November at the Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham. The Public Recognition Award, which each year is run in collaboration with the Rotherham Advertiser, is one of 15 categories.
Medical and non-medical employees from across the Trust were nominated for last year’s Public Recognition accolade, including reception staff and porters, those from the BreathingSpace, Keppel Ward, the Breast Cancer Care Team, Children’s ward and individual district nurses, doctors and volunteers.
The trophy was awarded to Rachel Kay, a Community Practitioner for the District Nursing Team in Thurcroft.
Rachel was nominated by Bev Belcher for the care and support she provided to Bev’s mother during the final year of her life. Rachel’s dedication to her role meant Bev’s mother had access to the right treatment, support and equipment at home, rather than being admitted to hospital when her condition sadly deteriorated.
In addition to the Public Recognition Award, Trust employees can nominate their colleagues for a number of additional awards such as Team of the Year, Unsung Hero and Lifetime Achievement. Winners of each category are then eligible to receive the special Chief Executive or Chairman’s Awards.
Alongside the awards, the Trust will run a celebratory week from 7 to 11 November to mark the dedication and achievements of all Trust employees. During this week of events, employees who have dedicated their working lives to the NHS will be rewarded with long service awards. There will also be a ceremony to recognise staff, including apprentices, who have learnt or achieved new skills and qualifications.
To nominate a member of staff for the 2015 Public Recognition Award, simply complete the nomination form in the Rotherham Advertiser or call into Rotherham Hospital reception area. You can also call 01709 426084 to ask for a nomination form to be posted to you.
Please complete the form with as much detail as possible, providing the name of the individual or team and specific examples of your experience. The closing date for nominations is Friday 30 September.
Download your nomination form by clicking here.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01709 426084. Out of hours or at weekends, contact the main switchboard on 01709 820000 and ask for the on-call duty manager.