Press release: Hospital trust celebrates national and international success

UHS awards

Staff and departments across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating a bumper period of national and international success.

Individuals and teams in clinical research, nursing, pharmacy, energy and sustainability, occupational health and orthopaedics have all been recognised for their achievements.

Last month, Marie Nelson, matron in research and development, and senior research sisters Jane Forbes and Kirsty Gladas won the silver award for clinical research site of the year at the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year awards.

Jean Piernicki, senior nurse manager in occupational health, was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse in recognition of her high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice, while recently-retired orthopaedic surgeon Professor Nicholas Clarke received a lifetime achievement award from the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society in Oslo.

There was double delight for UHS at The One Show’s NHS Patients Awards, with Fiona Chaâbane, a senior clinical nurse in neurosciences, named winner of the nursing and midwifery award and Sarah Hartfree, a paediatric rheumatology nurse, nominated in the children and young people's care category.

The energy and sustainability team collected the clinical NHS Sustainability Award for its green wards project which saw departments across UHS identify opportunities to improve workforce efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions and make financial savings.

Departments included urology, therapies, the acute medical unit and critical care, with overall results showing an annual saving of £95,495 and carbon footprint reduction of 25,775.75kg CO2e.

This month, Sarah Charters, a consultant nurse and emergency department mental health lead at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to vulnerable adults.

Sarah and her vulnerable adult support team have also been shortlisted in the RCNi Nurse Awards emergency nurse category, with cancer research nurses Carly Ringrose and Cristiana Goncalves shortlisted in the excellence in cancer nursing category.

The medicines advice service, led by Dr Simon Wills, picked up the HSJ Value Award for training and development for its medicines learning portal, a website which teaches clinical problem-solving skills to hospital pharmacists at the beginning of their careers.

Philip Chapman-Sheath, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, was named among the country’s top knee replacement specialists by the Daily Mail, while the trust’s Pets as Therapy service made The Daily Telegraph’s list of 70 ways to save the NHS.

“These achievements are a reflection of the quality in teams and departments throughout our hospitals,” said Dr Caroline Marshall, chief operating officer at UHS.

“It is great to see such a variety of specialties being recognised for their innovations and successes and for leading the way in the development of new or improved practices.”

Posted on Thursday 14 June 2018