Congratulations to the Intensive Care Rehabilitation Team who have been named the national winners in the ‘Care and Compassion’ category at the NHS Parliamentary Awards today.
Specialist Research and Education Sister in ICU, Kate Tantam and colleagues attended the awards ceremony held in parliament today, which included a special performance from the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir. The team were recognised for their dedication to improving rehabilitation and recovery for survivors of critical illness.
“The NHS’s greatest asset is its workforce; a team that irrespective of designation, role or location pull together to make a difference and to provide care," said Kate.
“All of the work that we have done in Plymouth is to point out the everyday excellence already embedded in these teams and say well done. Anyone can make a difference to recovery, and anyone can be a #rehablegend. The little things are the big things when it comes to care."
Ann James, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted for the team. Through their commitment and enthusiasm we are inspired by the work of this team and their 100% focus on patients. They are all winners including the lovely Hovis the therapy dog.”
Nominations for the team were put forward by Mr Johnny Mercer MP and Mr Luke Pollard MP, before a panel of regional judges chose the shortlist from hundreds of nominations. The team were named regional champions and invited to the awards ceremony where they have now been named as the national winners.
Both Johnny Mercer MP and Luke Pollard MP congratulated Kate and the team on their win: “Congratulations to Kate and the ICU Rehab team for winning the Care and Compassion award. They have shown themselves to be the very best of Plymouth and the NHS with dedication and determination as well as care and compassion in their work.
“Their innovation in acknowledging that being in ICU can lead to post traumatic stress disorder and taking action to support patients through the process is something that more hospitals can learn from. Their work and care is something exceptional and they are very worthy winners - well done!”
From all of us at University Hospitals Plymouth, we would like to say a big congratulations to the rehab team – they are incredibly worthy winners.