Nom­i­nate your hos­pi­tal he­roes

For the first time, Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents are be­ing in­vited to nom­i­nate staff mem­bers at their lo­cal hos­pi­tals for a new award. HAN­NAH GRAY ex­plains how you can get in­volved, and finds out just what a lit­tle bit of praise meets to those who work on the f

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

IF you, or some­one you know, has re­ceived ex­cel­lent care in hos­pi­tal, you will be aware of what a dif­fer­ence the ded­i­ca­tion of staff can make dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time.

Whether it was a doc­tor who saved a life, a nurse who pro­vided ex­cel­lent round-the-clock care or a cleaner who took a few min­utes out of her day to have a word with you, ev­ery­one who works in our two city hos­pi­tals plays a hugely im­por­tant role in health­care in our city.

And now, for the first time, pa­tients and their fam­i­lies are be­ing asked to shine the spot­light on those who do great things.

The Evening Tele­graph has teamed up with Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust to find the win­ner of the first Peter­bor­ough Hos­pi­tals Pub­lic Recog­ni­tion Award.

The trust’s an­nual awards cer­e­mony is well-es­tab­lished, high­light­ing the ex­cel­lent work and achieve­ments of staff.

But up un­til now, all of the nom­i­na­tions have come from other staff mem­bers. This year, how­ever, there is a new cat­e­gory, and mem­bers of the pub­lic are be­ing in­vited to nom­i­nate a mem­ber of staff or team who they think de­serves to be recog­nised.

This could be a team or in­di­vid­ual who has gone above the call of duty, pro­vided out­stand­ing pa­tient care or made a real dif­fer­ence to the pa­tient they have treated, helped or sup­ported.

Any mem­ber of clin­i­cal or non­clin­i­cal staff can be nom­i­nated.

Three teams or in­di­vid­u­als will be short­listed from the nom­i­na­tions and the win­ner will be an­nounced at the awards cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

Nigel Hards, chair­man of Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “As a trust we know how hard our staff work and how ded­i­cated they are to pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent pa­tient care.

How­ever we want our pa­tients to tell us about the staff who have made a dif­fer­ence to them and who they think de­serves to be recog­nised. Our pa­tients meet dif­fer­ent peo­ple and teams at dif­fer­ent stages of their care, from ini­tial as­sess­ments to those who carry out treat­ment and to staff who help dur­ing re­cov­ery and pro­vide af­ter-care, and we want them to tell us who has made a real dif­fer­ence.

“Any­one who works at Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal or Edith Cavell Hos­pi­tal can be nom­i­nated for an award and there are many clin­i­cal and non-clin­i­cal staff who do not al­ways recog­nise the won­der­ful work they do so this is an op­por­tu­nity for them to be re­warded.”

To nom­i­nate some­one for the Pub­lic Recog­ni­tion Award, sim­ply com­plete the form printed be­low, and send it to Han­nah Gray, Pub­lic Recog­ni­tion Award, Peter­bor­ough Evening Tele­graph, 57 Pri­est­gate, Peter­bor­ough, PE1 1JW.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can nom­i­nate some­one on­line, by vis­it­ing www. pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

All en­tries must be re­ceived by 5pm on Mon­day, July 19. Some of those short­listed will fea­ture in the ET, and the win­ner will be an­nounced in Oc­to­ber. then that’s even bet­ter be­cause that’s what it’s all about.

“We strive to give re­ally good care to our pa­tients and when that’s recog­nised and ac­knowl­edged by them, it means a great deal to the staff.”

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