Andrew Birkenshaw, Health Facilitation Nurse and Jodee Simpson, Speech and Language TherapistThe hard work and dedication of local NHS heroes will be celebrated at a glittering Oscars-style ceremony on the 7 July 2017 at the Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel. The You’re a Star Awards event will honour the outstanding work of volunteers and staff at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Guests will be welcomed to the prestigious evening, where the winners of five award categories will be announced at an awards dinner.  Winners will also receive £1,000 to support their ongoing work to benefit patients, courtesy of the event’s main supporter Bradford-based Sovereign Health Care.

The nominations received in the five award categories are based on the Trust’s aims of delivering: Quality, Working Together, You and Your Care, Value for Money and Patient Experience.  The work of the finalists in each category will be showcased through short films and many of the people who nominated will be there to cheer on their healthcare heroes.

Amongst the finalists in the Working Together Award Category is the Lynfest steering group, who  organised an annual festival of music and arts for people experiencing mental health problems which has made a difference to the health and wellbeing of the patients cared for at Lynfield Mount Hospital; Young Dynamos, a young people’s research advisory group within the Trust that has been helping to shape and influence services for young people and, the Trust’s Carers Hub, which provides vital support for people in the district caring for loved ones.

Amongst the finalists in the Patient Experience Award Category are Nick Smith, a Trust Governor with lived experience of mental health crisis, who is extremely committed to supporting vulnerable people that have suffered emotionally or experienced a mental health crisis, and Belinda Marks who heads up the palliative care team and is dedicated to providing peaceful and dignified end of life care for the patients in the community that she cares for.  The recruitment and selection task and finish group actively champions patients, carers and staff working together, to ensure the right staff are employed during the recruitment and selection process to enhance ongoing patient experience.

The finalists in the You and Your Care Award Category are Christine Cunliffe, a committed assistant clinical practitioner who has been making a real difference to the patients she cares for by delivering outstanding care and is passionate about staff wellbeing; and Diane Hanson a healthcare assistant in one of the Trust’s district nursing teams, supporting patients in their own homes with their health problems; and health visitor, Dawn McCann who always goes the extra mile to ensure the needs of the children, families and communities she serves are met.

Amongst the finalists in the Value for Money Award Category are the HR staff bank team who have been noted for their customer focus and ‘can do’ attitude in providing key support and access to temporary staff across the Trust’s wards; and the children’s services leadership team who brought together service leads from different teams and departments across the Trust to successfully redesign children’s services across the district; and the continence service dedicated to supporting local people with bladder and bowel problems.

The finalists in the Quality Award Category include the wellbeing@work team who support staff within the Trust with a range of health and wellbeing initiatives, including a wide range of programmes to encourage staff to be more active and Laura Gow an advanced nurse practitioner with the intensive home treatment team in Bradford, supporting people with mental health problems to stay out of hospital and in the community; and Andrew Birkenshaw and Jodee Simpson who regularly think outside of the box to find creative ways to support people with learning disabilities, to have their health needs met.

Chair of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust Mike 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.”

Videos of the winners and finalists at work can be found here from Monday 10 July.