Plymouth people urged to nominate their healthcare heroes for Derriford Hospital's annual awards
READERS are being urged to nominate their local healthcare hero as part of Derriford Hospital's annual awards ceremony.
After the successful Star Awards last year, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has this year launched its Celebration Awards to recognise the achievements of its staff.
If you have been cared for by someone really special at Derriford Hospital, the Royal Eye Infirmary, the Child Development Centre, or a community midwife, the Trust wants you to nominate them for an award.
The Trust is running the awards scheme to acknowledge the efforts of those staff who go the extra mile for patients, their families and their colleagues.
And as part of the scheme the Trust has devised The Herald Readers Choice award to recognise an individual or team who, as judged by their patients, have delivered excellent care and an excellent service.
Other categories are Leader of the year: an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, inspiring and motivating staff in their area of work to improve services for patients and colleagues
Clinical Team of the Year: a team which consistently demonstrates excellent teamwork; the winning team will have had demonstrable success in improving services for patients, staff or carers
Non-clinical Team of the Year: a team which consistently demonstrates excellent teamwork; the winning team will have had demonstrable success in improving services for patients, staff or carers
Unsung Hero: a member of staff who could be described as the backbone of the service. They make a difference by going that extra mile, demonstrating initiative and high levels of personal motivation in improving the lives of patients, carers and staff. Their drive and enthusiasm motivates and inspires others
Volunteer of the Year: an individual, not employed by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, who has nevertheless made an outstanding contribution to excellent services
Role Model Living the Values: an individual who is highly regarded by all staff, acting as a role model or mentor, consistently living and working the Trust values
Excellence in Innovation and Research: individuals or teams able to demonstrate that they have improved outcomes for patients, carers or staff through innovative working methods, implementation of best practice or adoption of technology.
Nominations in all eight categories are being welcomed from members of staff, service users, family, carers or members of the public.
Hein Scheffer, HR director at the hospital, said: "It is really important to recognise the hard work and dedication of our staff who constantly strive to provide the best care for our patients.
"The Celebration Awards are a continuation of the Star Awards launched last year to give patients and visitors a chance to nominate a member of staff or team who have made a difference to them either at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Dialysis Unit, the Royal Eye Infirmary, the Child Development Centre or community visits.
"We want to take this opportunity to celebrate their achievements with the local community and give them the recognition they deserve."
The Celebration Awards have been combined to run alongside the annual Staff Ball.
All those nominated will be invited to attend the ball and tickets will go on sale for other staff members from early spring.
The deadline for nominations is Monday March 18.
To make a nomination
or go to the Plymouth hospitals site where you can nominate online or print off a form to fill in by hand.
Forms should then be sent to Celebration Awards, Workforce Development, Building 4, Derriford Business Park, Plymouth, PL6 5QZ, or emailed to plh-tr.WODadminteam@nhs.net