Nurses, volunteers, administrators, physiotherapists and doctors were all among those NHS staff honoured at a special awards ceremony last week.
The winners of our annual Staff Excellence Awards were announced on Friday 23 March, in front of 350 guests at the Hilton Hotel in Wembley.
Voted for by patients, staff and members of the public, London North West University Healthcare’s Staff Excellence Awards showcase and celebrate the vital work of the 9,000 staff who work at the north west London Trust.
A total of 13 awards were handed out during the ceremony, which was hosted by Radio Harrow presenter Hansa Varsani and funded by London North West Healthcare Charity, as well as external sponsors.
Among the winners on the night was the Bowel Cancer Screening Team, based at St Mark’s Hospital. The team received 58 nominations from members of the public and one patient said: “The care and extra lengths the team go to in order to make the process as stress free as possible is amazing. I can't thank them enough for what they did for me.”
This year more than 330 nominations were received from grateful patients, family members and staff – the highest number of nominations received since the awards began in 2015.
Chief Executive Dame Jacqueline Docherty said: “Healthcare is all about humanity, and it’s the kindness, compassion and humanity of our colleagues that we recognise at our Staff Excellence Awards.
“Our aim is to provide excellent patient care by putting patients at the heart of everything we do and these awards are our way of saying thank you and showing our staff that their efforts do not go unnoticed.“This year, as in previous years, these awards confirmed what we already know: we have some very dedicated, hardworking and committed people working at London North West University Healthcare. I am proud of all the nominees and would like to congratulate all the winners.”
In the NHS’s 70th year, a special lifetime achievement award was introduced to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a member of staff who has served more than 15 years in the Trust.
Microbiologist Dr Sayyed Adnan Aali, who has worked at Ealing Hospital for more than 20 years, was announced as the winner on the night.
In his nomination Dr Aali’s colleague, Dr Gurj Sandhu, a consultant physician, described him as an ‘unsung hero’, saying: “Dr Aali always goes the extra mile for staff and our patients. He is known and valued by all of our junior staff, consultants and many local GPs. He is humble, kind and always calm and polite whatever the situation. He is truly one of our unsung heroes.”
After receiving the award, Dr Aali said: “The feeling of knowing that I have been recommended for this award by my colleagues is excellent. I have loved every minute of my time working at Ealing Hospital and that is thanks to my colleagues who have been very nice to work with. I also love seeing and helping patients – it is my passion.”
Special recognition also went to Northwick Park Hospital’s Judit Kopas, who won the women’s and children’s category. The hardworking paediatric administrator was praised for always putting the welfare of patients and families first and knowing those little tricks that keep young patients happy.
Another of the 13 awards went to Northwick Park Hospital volunteer Samantha Kind who has been volunteering at the Trust since May 2016. In her nomination, Samantha was described as an excellent team player who always goes that extra mile to make a difference.
Councillor Ketan Sheth, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee at Brent Council, attended the awards ceremony to offer his personal thanks to staff.
He said: “I was absolutely impressed with the fantastic dedication on show at these awards and am very proud to have been there in person to witness some of our heroes being recognised, appreciated and congratulated.
“Despite many challenges faced by the NHS, we see so many happy faces from staff at London North West University Healthcare - it's amazing. I am very pleased that my constituents are cared for by caring, friendly and committed staff.”
A full list of winners, finalists and nominees can be found here.