» Hon­our­ing our health ser­vice he­roes NHS70 Awards

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SCULL

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

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