» Honouring our health service heroes NHS70 Awards
FROM paramedics to porters, the stars of Gloucestershire NHS came together for an evening of celebration in recognition of the dedication poured into the service daily.
The Gloucestershire NHS 70 Awards was a night of inspiring stories which acknowledged the care given in people’s homes, in the community and hospitals across the county.
Hosted by Embarrassing Bodies star Dr Dawn Harper, the evening culminated in the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to Mike Merrett.
A member of the South Western Ambulance Service for nearly 50 years.
Among his many amazing memories from the past five decades is attending a two-year-old girl who had sustained burns – 22 years later she told him his actions were the reason she was joining the service.
The Exemplary Service to Health Improvement award was presented to Kevin Gannaway-pitts by Roger Wilson, chair of the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing board.
In 2016 Kevin began what has become a social movement and cultural shift across four NHS organisations.
Starting as a way for him to lose weight and get fit, Health and Hustle was born.
Through his passion and enthusiasm he has engaged more than 300 colleagues and patients in the initiative, bringing together people from all backgrounds to encourage a happier and healthier working environment.
The Excellence in Patient Empowerment Award went to the Macmillan Next Steps Rehabilitation Team.
During the last two years it has supported the rehabilitation of around 750 patients and their families while delivering training to more than 3,000 colleagues.
The Exemplary Service in Primary Care Award was won by Dr Charles Buckley from The Surgery in Frampton on Severn and was presented by Dr Andy Seymour, clinical chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Buckley has worked in the NHS in the county since 1986, doing everything in his power to ensure his patients get the necessary care.
The award for Exemplary Service in Mental Health Services went to The healthcare assistants of Abbey Ward at the 2gether NHS Foundation.
The team has earned great respect for its care and spending valuable time talking and listening to patients.
They are often responsible for watching high-risk patients on a one-to-one basis around the clock.
Paul Roberts, joint chief executive of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, presented the Exemplary Services in Community Services award to the trust’s Homeless Healthcare team.
A hidden gem, the team makes a difference to people every day.
It provides a safe haven where homeless people can access high-quality health care without feeling judged or discriminated against.
The Exemplary Service to Hospital Services award was won by Margaret Jane O’connor from the Gloucester-
shire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Working on a stroke ward, Sister Maggie delivers exceptional support to patients, families and colleagues under very challenging circumstances.
The Exemplary Services in 999 Services award went to Michael Moulderbruce from the South West Ambulance Service.
Michael was the first paramedic in Gloucestershire, working for the ambulance service for 38 years before driving doctors for a further six years.
A pillar of the NHS he has delivered babies and saved numerous lives and his commitment to the ambulance service was unquestionable.
The Excellence in Care Support award was awarded to Aoife Price for her work with the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.
Health visitor Aoife takes great personal responsibility for her service users, scheduling extra appointments if necessary and helping patients with
Members of the Homeless Healthcare team collect the Exemplary Service in Community Services award from Dr Dawn Harper and Paul Roberts
The finalists come together at the NHS70 Awards Pictures: Anna Lythgoe
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Deborah Lee with members of the Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitaion Team, winners of Excellence in Patient Empowerment
Mike Merrett, centre, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr Dawn Harper and High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Charles Martell