Hospital trust staff celebrate bumper awards week

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Staff across Southampton’s university hospitals are celebrating after a week which saw them claim four top healthcare awards.

Dr Mayank Patel, lead consultant in diabetes at Southampton General Hospital, was named outstanding educator of the year at the national Quality in Care Diabetes Awards in Surrey following a public vote.

Meanwhile, staff from paediatrics, pharmacy and cancer care at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust collected top prizes at the Health Education Wessex Shine Awards at the city’s Grand Harbour Hotel.

The Shine Awards, which recognise excellence in education and training to benefit NHS patients in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and South Wiltshire, saw Dr Phil Hyde, a consultant in paediatric intensive care, named inspiring educator of the year.

Dane Reading, a pre-registration pharmacy technician, won the award for outstanding learner of the year and the cancer care out of hours team took the honours for wonderful workforce solution.

Alun Jones, a surgical registrar (inspiring educator of the year), the Make the Airway Safe Team (MAST) team (high performing education and training team of the year) and Dr Shanmugasundarum Ramkumar, a consultant clinical oncologist (chair’s award 2015), were all highly commended finalists.

Darren Henstridge, healthcare assistant training co-ordinator (inspiring educator of the year), the Wessex Interstitial Lung Disease patient support group (hearing the patient voice in education and training) and Karl Watt, thoracic staff nurse (chair’s award 2015) were all commended.

Also commended as part of wider teams were Alison Trenerry, education quality and learning environment lead, and Sarah Wilding, communications skills facilitator (high performing education and training team of the year).

Derek Sandeman, medical director at UHS, said: “It is fantastic to see so many members of staff in such a range of roles performing to such a high standard in their fields of work.

“These successes demonstrate independent recognition of the hard work, commitment and dedication of staff throughout the organisation to improve healthcare and that is a tremendous achievement for these individuals and teams.”

Posted on Wednesday 21 October 2015