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The dedication, expertise and compassion of hospital staff has been celebrated at a special awards ceremony recently.

More than 40 awards were presented to staff of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who had gone above and beyond the call of duty, putting patients first.

Awards were presented to the winners in a number of categories at the event which was held at Bradford City Football Club and sponsored by Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust.

Individual award winners received a commemorative certificate, a glass plaque and £750 (1st prize) and £250 (runner-up prize) in vouchers donated by Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust.

Team of the Year winners received £4,000, the runner-up £3,000, and the third placed team £2,000. They will re-invest their prize money to support further developments within their teams.

Chief Executive, Professor Clive Kay said: "These awards recognise the dedication, compassion and expertise of our staff and we are proud of the contribution made by each and every one of them for providing excellent patient care across all of our hospitals.

"I would like to thank all those who took the time to submit a nomination “ judges had to assess a very strong field of entries “ and congratulate all those of who were successful."

The Chief Executive's Awards, which recognised staff - both clinical and non-clinical - for demonstrating excellence in quality and safety, went to Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiology, Simi Thapar (Clinical) (pictured) and Ward Clerk, Charlotte Jones (Non-Clinical.)

The Chairman's Award, which was presented by Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE, went to Chaplaincy Team Leader, Mohammed Arshad, for excellence in equality and diversity.

While Health Care Assistant, Brian Holland, who walked off with the inaugural Governors' Award recognising compassion and caring, was praised for his "intelligent kindness."

Joint winners of this year's Team of the Year Award were the hospitals' Refractory Angina Service and the Hip Replacement Team for taking care to new heights.

The Refractory Angina Service was created in 2009 to provide treatment within West Yorkshire for patients suffering with Refractory Angina. In its first year it saw

20 patients but since then referrals have grown over five-fold, and Bradford is now the leading refractory angina service in the country.

The service continues to expand and develop while providing comprehensive care through a multi-disciplinary team approach involving a clinical nurse specialist and a clinical psychologist through a series of education sessions, as well as pharmacological and interventional treatments.

This year, the team also launched their own website: www.refractoryangina.uk which allows the service to be accessed from anywhere in the world and for consultations to be delivered in a variety of formats including video, face-to-face consultations and online webchats.

Dr Paul Sainsbury, consultant cardiologist, who nominated the team, gave a ringing endorsement of its contribution: "This service is unique in the UK and we believe it is the first service to be offered on a national basis online."

He also nominated Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiology, Sister Simi Thapar , describing her as the "linchpin of the Refractory Angina Service.

"She provides 24-hour contact to all our patients by phone, she sees patients at short notice on the ward or in her own clinic, she has written and delivers all the education sessions, she has carried out research and published data from the service and somehow finds time to organise regular social gatherings for all our patients.

"I cannot tell you how much her role means to our patients and in what high regard she is held by them. "She is an exceptional professional and the success of our service is primarily down to Sister Thapar's efforts and input."

Since 2012, the Hip Replacement Team has worked hard to increase the experience, as well as the clinical outcomes, of its patients.

There has been a switch from a geriatric liaison service on Bradford Royal Infirmary's orthopaedic ward, to patients being cared for on Ward 30, a Care of the Elderly ward. This has allowed better communication and team working with orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists, geriatricians, emergency department colleagues, nurses, therapists, trauma co-ordinators, theatre staff, patients and relatives “ all the healthcare professionals who play their part in the complex patient journey of a hip fracture patient.

In 2014, the team formed a new Hip Fracture Governance Forum which meets monthly to carefully review practice and thereby drive up standards. This has further improved the quality and efficiency of the service, which in turn has improved outcomes for this vulnerable group of patients.

The team was nominated by Dr Richard Davidson, Clinical Lead for Theatres and Critical Care, who praised them for their significant achievements in improving the quality of patient care and experience, demonstrating innovation and contributing to increased service delivery and efficiency

The team plans to invest its prize money in a recliner chair for dementia patients with hip fractures who cannot safely sit out; a ˜Re-Turn' device which aids standing and transferring, leading to a further upgrading of the hospital's dementia friendly environment.

"We all need an Arshad in our life! “ that's how colleague Shaheen Kauser described this year's winner of our Chairman's award, Chaplaincy Team Leader, Mohammed Arshad, who has worked for the Trust for 16 years.

Her endorsement said: "Arshad has put the patients and their families at the forefront, ensuring their beliefs are respected at all times, and the dignity of all involved is observed every step of the way."

"I am so proud to have Arshad lead our team. He promotes inclusion, equality,

diversity, harmony and most of all a loving environment for us all to work in."

The awards night was also an opportunity to present long-service awards to 32 of the Trust's most familiar faces. Between them, they have clocked up around 1,000 years of service.

Drawn from all wards and departments, each was presented with a certificate, special NHS badge and vouchers to commemorate their 30 years' unstinting service to the NHS.

Recipients were: Ian Marr, Karen Walker, Julie Bradman, Carol Close, Dawn Grigg, Paula Eastwood, Julie Hutchinson, Althea Oxford, Danka Pilak, Ellen Slater, Sharon Barker, Bernie Baker, Rachel Lawton, Sharan Packer, Stephen Kennedy, Michael Clegg, Sharon Hadfield, Helen Robertshaw, Bryan Gill, Linda Bamford, Philip Wright, Judith James, David Mitchell, Caroline Speed, Lorraine Terry, Jacqueline Kershaw, Karen Keogh, Linda Brooks, Tracy Cross, Chandra Preston, Carol Cahill and Jill Clayton.

Lord Patel added: "This year we have been overwhelmed by the excellent examples, time and time again, of staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

"It is heartening to know that we have a highly skilled and dedicated workforce here in Bradford's hospitals whose hard work allows us to continue to deliver a high standard of care over and over again.

"These teams and members of staff are worthy winners of our hospital awards and I congratulate them all for their dedication to the NHS and the patients of Bradford and beyond."


This article was published on December 17, 2015.