Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden made a surprise appearance at the annual London North-West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) Staff Excellence Awards at Wembley Stadium.
The actress and TV presenter praised the work of NHS workers and how much they had helped her own family after being invited to the event by trust chief executive Pippa Nightingale. Pippa assisted in the birth of one of Amanda’s children when she worked as a midwife.
More than 600 staff attended the ceremony which attracted more than 900 nominations across the trust which includes Central Middlesex, Ealing, St Mark's and Northwick Park hospitals. This included nominations from patients and members of the public.
It was a welcome opportunity for staff to celebrate and look back over the achievements of the past year and recognise the individuals and teams that went above and beyond.
The winners of the 14 award categories were:
Women’s and Children’s
Jacks Place team
Emergency and Ambulatory Care
Maria Doyle, Discharge Co-ordinator, Acute Medical Unit
Integrated Clinical Services
Olivia Stewart, Senior MRI Radiographer
Sandy Young, Critical Theatre Manager
Hibo Abdullahi, Registered Nurse
Sohail Sardar, IT Engineer
Quality and Improvement
Virtual Ward Programme team
Volunteer of the Year Beryl Carr Award
Youth buddy volunteers
Fundraiser of the Year
Krystel Copeland, Assistant General Manager, breast service
Learner of the Year
Michelle Preston, Highly Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist
HEART Hero Special Recognition Award
Andy Mahony, Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Evie Mensah, Consultant Eye Surgeon and Anu Obaro, Consultant Gastrointestinal Radiologist
Central Middlesex Hospital site
Professor Mitch Blair
Team of the Year
Radiology Ultrasound Academy
Two highlights included Central Middlesex Hospital which was given a special award for its response to an incident earlier this year when an assailant attacked and injured several people in the hospital grounds.
Beryl Carr saw the Volunteer of the Year category renamed in her honour as the NHS’s longest serving volunteer at the age of 101. The inaugural Volunteer of the Year Beryl Carr Award was won by the Youth Buddy initiative.
Pippa Nightingale, LNWH Chief Executive, said: “Staff work incredibly hard and every time I have asked more of people they have delivered without fail. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and I just want to say a big thank you to everyone.”