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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.

The Sexual 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 improved performance. 

Public Awards

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 practice.”

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 h
eart 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 Gol
d 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. 

John Pierce, Chair at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, said:  “Our workforce is our largest asset and without the considerable contribution and effort from every sing
le person the delivery of effective healthcare services would not be possible.” 

As well as recognising outstanding achievers, the evening paid tribute to the PCT’s loyal and long serving staff members.

John 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

• The 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 cost-saving programmes.

• The Sexual Health Improvement Team

The 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 borough.

• Kirkholt Community Health Visitors

After 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
Debra 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. 

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