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Staff celebrated at NHS70 Pride of Plymouth NHS Awards

University Hospitals Plymouth, alongside Livewell Southwest CIC, celebrated some particularly special members of staff on Saturday 16 June, as awards were handed out at the NHS70 Pride of Plymouth NHS Awards.

Chris Pointon, the widower of Dr Kate Granger, who co-found and championed the #hellomynameis campaign, presented the worthy winners with their awards. He also delivered an emotional talk on the life of his late wife and, how the campaign they started together, continues to inspire people across the world.

The event was organised, as part of the 70th birthday of the NHS, to celebrate some of the incredible people who, each day, go above and beyond in providing NHS services to patients in and around Plymouth.

The winners from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust were:

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Role Model – Living the Values Award: Jemma Edge

Jemma’s nominator said: “Jemma somehow makes time to be available and rooted in her team, yet at the same time, decisive and effective across many fronts. She is one of us, but also a gifted leader.”

Click here to watch her nomination video.

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Commitment to Improvement Award: Cath Ward and Helen Anderson

Cath and Helen’s nominator said: “Both of these consultants have spent hours working on key improvement projects to enable change, all done within their own time because they truly want to make a difference to improving our services for patients and staff.”

Click here to watch their nomination video.

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Patient’s Choice Award: Becky Stuckey

Becky’s nominator said: “I suffer with cluster headaches and Becky is the first professional I met who knew and understood the severity of the condition. I cannot thank Becky enough for all her help in making this chronic, debilitating lifelong condition more manageable.”

Click here to watch her nomination video.

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Outstanding Leadership Award: Sue Timmins

Sue’s nominator said: “Our directorate is so lucky to have Sue as our Matron. Sue has led us all through a particularly tough winter in the NHS with a smile and a positive ‘we can do this together’ attitude. A firm, but fair leader, our Matron inspires us all to be the best nurses, care assistants, support staff and clinicians we can be.”

Click here to watch her nomination video.

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Outstanding Teamwork (Clinical) Award: Braunton Ward

Braunton’s nominator, said: “Change in the NHS is a feared concept, there are degrees dedicated to the subject. So to handle the change from vascular to heart failure with as much enthusiasm and commitment as the nursing staff on Braunton have done, should be seen as a beacon that shows others the way. It is, very much, a pleasure to work alongside them.”

Click here to watch their nomination video.

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Outstanding Teamwork (Support) Award: Chemisty Automation and Reception ATOs

Their nominator said: “For the past 18 months there has been a huge implementation of a new service for Pathology. Throughout the programme of events, they have been committed to ensuring the patient samples are processed with utmost care and effort. These are the forgotten few, who, without their support, the service would not exceed all expectations.”

Click here to watch their nomination video.

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Above and Beyond Award: Dr Lorraine Alderson

Lorraine’s nominator said: “Dr Alderson is a respected, admired and loved member of our department. In every aspect of her professional life, she puts in 110% and does so with a humility and good humour that is nothing short of inspirational. She is an inspiration to us all.”

Click here to watch her nomination video.

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The Dr Kate Granger Care and Compassion Award: Kathy Webb

Kathy’s nominator said: “Kathy coordinates an extremely busy but highly efficient service, ensuring inpatients and outpatients with IBD experience a high quality, compassionate personalised service. Kathy goes above and beyond what is required for every patient in her care. I am constantly reminded by IBD patients just how important she is to them.”

Click here to watch her nomination video.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Robert Sneyd

The Professor’s nominator said: “Rob is outstanding in a ridiculous array of arenas: he is a colossus of medical education, an international figure in anaesthesia research, a prolific writer of scientific papers, a charismatic leader, administrator and national statesman. When Rob started his own medical training there were no medical schools in the west country. Now there are both a medical and a dental school in Plymouth, and Rob has had a crucial role in both.”

Click here to watch his nomination video.

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More photos from the award ceremony can be found on the Trust's Facebook page. The award ceremony was followed by high tea and an opportunity for award winners and their friends and family to celebrate their achievement, to the sounds of the Cooperative Big Band from Lipson Cooperative Academy.

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