Staff award 2016 winnersBradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust rolled out the red carpet on the evening of Friday 15 July to welcome 200 guests to the Cedar Court Hotel and reveal the winners of the five award categories in its annual You’re A Star Awards.

The categories, You and Your Care, Working Together, Quality, Value for Money and Patient Experience have been chosen to reflect the Trust’s vision.

Dedicated staff and volunteers from across the district were recognised during the Oscars style ceremony.

The You’re a Star Awards showcase the very best examples of outstanding care across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.  Now in their twelfth year, the awards are the highlight of the Trust’s calendar.

Nominations came from colleagues across the Trust and many were among the 200 guests in attendance at the glitzy ceremony.

The event’s main supporter, city-based Sovereign Healthcare Charitable Trust, provided £1,000 to the winner of each category to support their ongoing work to benefit patients.

Short films highlighting nominee achievements were screened as part of the ceremony to showcase the work and quality of care delivered by Trust staff over the past 12 months. Some included heartfelt testimonials from patients and carers.

Chair of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust Michael Smith paid tribute to a wide range of health care professionals and volunteers across the Trust which included community health, mental health and social care services.

Michael Smith, said: “The You’re a Star Awards are a time to celebrate the work of outstanding individuals and teams over the last year. It is also an opportunity to pause and reflect on the excellent work carried out every day by many more unsung heroes across our organisation who really do go above and beyond the call of duty. Our final 15 are all worthy winners. Their dedication, enthusiasm and skill is making a real difference to the health and wellbeing for the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.”

The winner of the Patient Experience Award Category went to Noel Anthony Brown, a health support worker who regularly thinks outside of 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 Roger Moore, who played James Bond in film classics such as ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved Me,’ was a diabetic and needed to have his blood sugar levels monitored. This sparked Thomas’s attention and a cunning secret mission unfolded as a result.  Noel explained: “We worked on a James Bond theme where I was a secret agent and Thomas was a secret agent. He set me tasks and I set him tasks.  My mission was to identify which actors starred in which films. Thomas’s mission was to work towards his gold award, which involved him taking a blood sample and testing the sample by using his machine.”

The mission was successful and led to Thomas overcoming his fear.  Neither shaken or stirred, Thomas can now monitor his own blood glucose levels as and when required.

The winner of the You and Your Care Award Category went to Barbara Pitts a volunteer Community Health Champion who is extremely committed to helping others regain fitness and reduce social isolation by leading a walking and singing group.

The winner of the Quality Award Category went to Admin Services who provide key support to frontline services to ensure the smooth running of the Trust.

The winner of the Value for Money Award Category went to the Continence Service dedicated to supporting people with bladder and bowel problems.

The winner of the Working Together Award Category went to the Primary Care Wellbeing Team, an innovative and passionate team, dedicated to making a real difference to patients under their care.