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Hospital Heroes

Hospital Heroes took centre stage at the annual UHS awards event. 

Nominees and guests gathered at Southampton Football Club’s St Mary’s Stadium for the event that recognises staff who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Read more about the event here, or find a full list of winners below the gallery of images from the event.



Always improving: better every day award

Diabetes specialist nurse, Paula Johnston. 

Runner up: the critical care patient experience team. 

Chairman’s award for leadership

Caley Hockaday, team leader for Macmillan acute oncology service. 

Runner up: Kerry Dowling, transfusion laboratory manager 

Clinical impact through research award

CRF paediatric allergy team

Runner up: Chris Kipps, consultant neurologist 

Education and training award

Practice educator, Jacky Mills

Runner up: Pharmacy vocational training team

Health and wellbeing award

Clinical nurse specialist Angie Keens

Runner up: Gemma Lewis, senior MSK physiotherapist 

Healthwatch patient experience award

Piam Brown paediatric oncology team

Runner up: Enhanced care support team 

Inclusive champion award

Mohammed Sirajul Islam, assistant chaplain 

Runner up: Katie Hammond, patient safety care coordinator

Patient safety award

The sepsis team for helping to keep our patients safe

Runner up: workforce systems team with SafeCare 

Research individual of the year award

Senior research sister Jisha Jacob

Runner up: NIHR CRF team 

Southampton Hospital Charity star award

The Jersey to Southampton row team

Runner up: Southampton breast imaging unit for their Three Peaks challenge 

Gift of time award 

Volunteer Rosemary Weston

Runner up: Jean Pearce

Unsung hero award

Karen Bowers, volunteer recruitment and training coordinator. 

Runner up: Humraj Sahota, operations manager

Employee of the year award

Ward sister Rachel Mcenery

Runner up: Kirsty Brown, bereavement midwife

Team of the year

Team on F5, head and neck ward.

Runner up: ICU and PICU technical team

This year we introduced a very special award for outstanding achievement. Caroline Smith, care group manager for emergency medicine, was nominated for her extraordinary care and compassion when attending an incident while on holiday in France. 

Southern Daily Echo Readers' Choice award

The Readers' Choice award is presented to one team or individual nominated by the public.

This year's award was presented to:

The runner-up was:

Nominees included:


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We are lucky to enjoy the support of a range of supporters including our headline sponsors BPP University.

Prime plc are also supporting the event along with AMT Coffee.