Every year we highlight, honour and celebrate individuals across our organisation who have been nominated by their colleagues for going the extra mile to make a real difference to others.

Inspired by our vision of providing the best possible care for the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven our ‘You’re a Star Awards’ event recognises staff from all areas of our Trust.

The five categories are: Unsung Hero, Working Together, Non-Clinical Star/s, Improving Patient Experience and Innovation and Quality.

Here are our 2018 winners:

Unsung Hero Award Winner

Winner: Ruth Wood, Occupational Therapist, Dementia Assessment Unit

Ruth always puts patients at the heart of care.  She was noted by her colleagues on the ward for her ability to ‘make a real connection’ with the patients that she cares for and for often going above and beyond to help make patients stay as comfortable as possible by supporting with a range of meaningful and engaging.

Working Together Award Winner

Winner: Grainne Eloi, Interim Head of Mental Health services.

Grainne has been working together with the local authority, police and voluntary sector agencies to improve urgent and emergency mental health crisis support for vulnerable people that had resulted in people being cared for closer to home, with no out of area placements over the last three years.

Non Clinical Star/s Award Winner

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Winner: Estates and Facilities

Estates and facilities are known for their customer focus and ‘can do’ attitude in delivering essential support to staff across the Trust, including consistently providing high quality, responsive services on the wards. An example of the team’s dedication and commitment can be demonstrated earlier this year when, during adverse winter weather conditions, the team worked tirelessly outside of their typical work hours to grit roads and paths during heavy snowfall to ensure continuity of high standards of care.  This involved a whole team effort with colleagues going the extra mile to ensure that all grounds and facilities were operational for the wards across the Care Trust.

Improving Patient Experience Award Winner

Winner: Specialist Palliative Care team

The Specialist Palliative Care team are dedicated to providing peaceful and dignified end of life care for the patients in the community that they support.  The team is noted for their amazing ‘can-do’ attitude to ensure patients get the services they need. The dedicated and committed team often go the extra mile to provide compassionate, person centred care.

Innovation and Quality Award Winner

Winner: Annette Whomack-Brown, Activities Coordinator, Lynfield Mount Hospital

Annette’s innovative idea and infectious enthusiasm to open the Four Seasons Café at the hospital, has led to patients and their families having a non-clinical space to spend quality time together, out of the ward environment.

The arts themed ‘therapeutic café’ has been a resounding success with patients and their families, enhancing the quality of visiting times.  The non-clinical space has been developed in consultation with the patients that use the facilities, from naming the café, right down to the artwork, created by patients, that adorns the walls.

You can view of all our finalists work here.