Staff from Lewisham and Greenwich Trust gathered at Blackheath Halls this week to recognise colleagues who have gone the extra mile over the past year. Awards included working together for patients, commitment to quality of care, inspirational leader of the year, healthcare hero and employee of the year.
Employee of the year was Myla Angeles, matron in acute and emergency medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who looks after the Trust’s Filipino nurses when they first arrive in the country. ‘Our Filipino nurses are very important in helping us fill our nursing vacancies and are highly valued members of our workforce,” says Amanda Rolland, head of nursing, workforce and education. “As you can imagine, starting a new life in the UK can be very daunting, but Myla makes sure they have everything they need. She even invites the nurses who arrive in December to Christmas dinner with her family!”
The respect and dignity award was won by the Bromley stroke and rehabilitation team (pictured above), who visit people at home to help them recover after a stroke. The staff are passionate about improving patients’ health – as one patient said: “The whole team is excellent, and I’ve achieved far more than I expected.”
Physiotherapist Charley Zincraft won the Improving Lives Award for her work helping patients with fractured hips to recover after surgery. Her nominator Dr Jacqueline Simms said: “Charley always goes beyond her job description, is positive and enthusiastic, which bolsters colleagues to do their best.”
See here for a full list of winners.