Staff were recognised for their hard work and dedication at the annual
Going for Gold Awards ceremony on 30th September, 2009.
Held at Rochdale
Town Hall, the awards recognise staff who have provided an outstanding service
to their patients, as well as long service employees who have worked for the NHS
for 20, 25 and 30 years.
The outstanding achievement awards are split
into two categories, Commissioning and Provider Services.
Health Improvement Service took home the provider services award for their
highly successful Chlamydia screening programme and the Kirkholt Health Visitors
came runners up for their targeted work on the Kirkholt estate.
Volunteer Co-ordinator Amy Gibbons won the commissioning award for
successfully establishing the NHS HMR’s volunteer programme this year. There
were two runners up for this category; the Corporate Governance Team for the
valuable service they provide to protect the organisation, and also the
Efficiency and Effectiveness Team for a project which reviewed contracts and
The public-nominated ‘Heart
of Local Health’ award was given to Trinity Medical Centre, in Littleborough.
Patient Cecilia Bruce nominated the whole practice after the personal and expert
care she received from Dr Brazier and his team following life saving surgery.
“On one occasion I called to make an appointment and the receptionist
arranged for me to be seen immediately,” said Mrs Bruce. “This culminated in
life-saving surgery within four weeks. One the day I arrived home I received a
visit from Doctor Brazier. The whole team is polite and friendly and doctors
are very accessible. I am very grateful to be treated by such an excellent
On receiving the award, Dr Brazier said: “It’s a fantastic
honour to receive this award and I am extremely grateful to Mrs Bruce for
putting us forward.”
This year a runner-up prize was also awarded to Dr
Simon Rhodes from Edenfield Surgery. Patient Philip Allen nominated Dr Rhodes
for his kindness and care following a heart operation. Mr Allen said: “I trust
Dr Rhodes so much that if he told me ‘black was white’ I would believe him.”
Volunteer of the Year
New this year, Going for Gold also paid
tribute to the number of volunteers who help health services in the borough.
The Expert Patient Volunteers were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for
the dedication and care they give to help people manage their long-term
conditions. This unique group of people suffer from a long-term condition
themselves but have gone through a rigorous training and assessment schedule
over 12 months to become an Expert Patient Tutor. Without their support and
commitment the Expert Patient Programme simply would not exist.
Pierce, Chair at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, said: “Our workforce is
our largest asset and without the considerable contribution and effort from
every single person the delivery of effective healthcare services would not be
As well as recognising outstanding achievers, the evening
paid tribute to the PCT’s loyal and long serving staff members.
added: “Incredibly, our long service employees total around 580 years working
for the NHS. Their breadth and depth of expertise is extremely valuable and it
is a massive achievement for each individual.”
About Each Team
Corporate Governance Team
The Corporate Governance team is fundamental to
the PCT in conducting its business lawfully and in line with external
requirements. It has been an extremely busy year for the team and thanks to
their efforts the PCT has continued to meet external assessment requirements,
internal assurance processes and provided transparency to the public. Despite
changes and increasing pressure, the team continue to show real dedication and
commitment to the PCT, going over and above the requirements of their roles.
• Amy Gibbons- Volunteer Co-ordinator
Despite only joining NHS HMR
in January, Amy’s drive and determination has meant that she has successfully
established the Trust’s Volunteer Programme, recruiting more than 70 volunteers
to support local services. She has fostered excellent working relationships
with the voluntary sector, clinical leads and service heads to promote the
volunteer programme and establishing opportunities within the organisation.
• The Efficiency and Effectiveness Project Team
The project team has
led on developing an acute contract invoice validation tool and supplier
challenge process on behalf of NHS HMR, as well as other Trusts that use Pennine
Acute Hospitals Trust. They had a target to add two new contract challenges
each month but through hard work, managed to achieve six per month. Their work
is being produced as a report for all Greater Manchester PCTs to use in their
• The Sexual Health Improvement Team
Sexual Health Improvement team has worked hard to identify and offer screening
to groups of young people in a variety of non-clinical settings such as
supermarkets, pubs and clubs. Between April 08 and March 09 they screened 1,550
young people which represents more than 70% of all screening carried out in the
• Kirkholt Community Health Visitors
conducting a profile of the Kirkholt area to identify health needs and
gaps in the service, the Community Health Visiting Team developed a
family planning service, increased the size of the team to include a
nursery nurse and now provides a valuable health visiting service to
around 50 families every week.
Long Service Employees
• 20 Years
Ridding, Judy Robson, Justine Kershaw, Linda Fell, Karen Wilson, Heather
Wolstenholme, Alexandra Bedford, Tara Beattie, Judith Karen Brierley, Caroline
Ridley, Donald Walton-Lumb, Sue Hamilton, Sheila Yates, Beverly Fairburn,
Stephen Wall, Helen Ward, Carolyn Fielden, Catherine Smith, Jacqueline
Butterworth, Susan McKernan, Shafqat Azam, Margaret Young, Helen Blackhurst.
• 25 Years
Janice Fielding-Smith, Susan Cordwell, Mary Rossiter, Dee
Beevor, Jane Farrell, Deborah Pinnington, Julie Hardman.
• 30 Years
Leigh Elsworth, Zoe Michelle Smeeton, Lesley Stott, Jean Tod, Christine
Brian, Mary Chadwick, Carol Nightingale, Beverly Stansfield, Janet Davis, Mary
Coogan, Florence Hayes, Janice Sedgwick, Christine Frames.