Finalists named for Ayrshire Achieves awards

The competition is hotting up to name Ayrshire’s health heroes. This year’s Ayrshire Achieves awards gave local people – and other NHS staff - the chance to recognise the contribution of health workers and volunteers who had gone the extra mile.

This year two new categories were introduced: ‘Behind the scenes’ for an individual who, in the course of doing their job, makes a real difference, but whose work often goes unrecognised.

‘Leading by example’ for an individual who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills by showing genuine concern for others, mentoring or supporting and enabling the development of people and services. A judging panel made up of staff, senior managers, members of the public and representatives from trades unions selected the 33 finalists and overall winners in each category.

John Burns, Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire & Arran said: “On behalf of the organisation, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate their health hero for an award, and congratulate all those members of staff and volunteers who were nominated. In total, we received more than 60 nominations across the categories.

“Every day we hear of examples of our dedicated staff going the extra mile. They don’t do this in anticipation of awards, but because they are committed to providing safe, high quality care. Congratulations to the finalists and I wish you the best of luck.”

The 33 finalists come from a wide range of disciplines – from nursing staff and clinicians to volunteers and Health and Social Care Partnership staff.

There are eight award categories and the finalists are:

Behind the scenes

Andy Frew and Robbie Smith - Joiners, Ayrshire Central Hospital

Catherine Miller – Learning and Development Advisor, Ayrshire Central Hospital

Maureen McKay – Catering Assistant, University Hospital Ayr

Building relationships

Shirley Boles, Lindsay Kerr, Fiona Mason, Lisa Reid and Clare Smith – Occupational Therapists, East Ayrshire

Suzanne Holden – Oral Health Project Lead, Cassilis House, Ailsa Hospital

Barbara Conner – The Ayrshire Community Trust

Caring for our staff

Barbara Lennox – Occupational Health Advisor, University Hospital Crosshouse

Andrew Jess – Staff care

Caring for people

Dr Gordon Isbister – GP, Beith Health Centre

Rosalynn Britten – Dietetic Support Worker, University Hospital Crosshouse

Ruth Irvine and Sharon Copland – Community Midwives, Ayrshire Central Hospital

Leading by example

Tommy Stevenson – Senior Manager, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

William Lauder – Senior Manager Inpatients, Mental Health Services

Pamela Rennie – Deputy Charge Nurse, Ward 10, Woodland View

Light bulb moments

Audrey Fisher – Head of Clinical Support Services (North)

Nicola Gault and team involved in AHP and Nursing career day DVD

Ricky MacKay and Emma Ramsay – eHealth, University Hospital Crosshouse

Team of the year

Combined Assessment Unit Lead Change Team

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Service

Cancer Team

Woodland View Programme Team

Better at Home Team

Volunteer of the year

Transforming Care After Treatment Patient and Carer Panel

Alice Hewitt – Volunteer, University Hospital Crosshouse

Stephen McLean - Volunteer Peer Worker, Addiction Services

The winners of Ayrshire Achieves 2016 will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30 June at University Hospital Ayr.

Dr Martin Cheyne, Chairman of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board will present a Chairman’s award to an individual or team who he feels deserves special recognition for the work that they do.

There will also be a People’s choice award, which will be given to the nomination made by a member of the public that received the highest score from the judges.

Ayrshire Achieves is supported by NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Area Partnership Forum. We would also like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors, Royal College of Nursing, UNISON and Bauer Holdings (West Sound and WestFM).