Healthcare heroes from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust have been thanked by their health bosses in December. The event honoured the outstanding work of staff at the Care Trust.

Almost 50 members of nursing and corporate staff who have all won local, regional, national or international awards in 2016 were invited to join members of the Trust Board prior to their December meeting at Trust HQ.

Amongst the Board’s special guests will be Andrew Birkenshaw, Health Facilitation Nurse and Noel Brown, Support Worker who were crowned winners at the highly coveted National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards earlier this year. The awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals who excel in providing high quality care.

Noted for his dedication, passion and enthusiasm for his work, Andrew won the Learning Disability Nurse Award and Noel won the Support Worker Award at the prestigious event.  Noel is no stranger to success and also scooped the Care Trust’s Patient Experience award at the annual You’re a Star Awards in July for thinking outside the box to find creative ways to support people with learning disabilities. Noel has been working with Thomas, to help him overcome his fears of having blood samples taken, so Thomas can use his blood glucose monitoring machine.  As a committed James Bond fan, Thomas is passionate about all things James Bond. Noel began some detective work on the subject and discovered that James Bond actor Roger Moore was a diabetic and needed to have his blood sugar levels monitored. This sparked Thomas’s attention and a cunning secret mission unfolded. The mission was successful and led to Thomas overcoming his fear.  Neither shaken or stirred, Thomas can now monitor his own blood glucose levels.

Paul Challenger, the Trust’s Health and Safety Officer will attend the event after the Trust was recognised for the eighth year running for occupational health and safety by the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accident (RoSPA). For the second year running, the Trust achieved the Gold award for the internationally recognised accolade.

Allison Bingham Deputy Director of Specialist Inpatient services, will also be in attendance at the event after accepting on behalf of the Trust a national gold award for the state-of-the-art dementia assessment unit (DAU) at Lynfield Mount Hospital. The facility has been given the highest accolade by the leading Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at Stirling University, for its high-quality dementia friendly design that has been created with input from local carers, families and staff.

Michael Smith, Chair said: “The Board is proud that so many of our staff have been recognised in 2016 for their dedication, creativity and innovation – something which we see daily at the Trust. The awards reflect the commitment and passion of our staff who provide the best possible care to people living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.”