28th January 2020 Written by Skills for Health

We can’t quite believe it has been two months already since we were celebrating the talented winners and nominees at the annual Our Health Heroes awards. Held at the Science Museum in London, the awards recognised 30 individuals and 4 teams.

Now, two months on, we’ve heard from our 2019 winners, to get the low-down on how life has changed for them since receiving their award, and what it means to be a member of the Our Health Heroes family.

Image: Heather Butler.Meet Heather Butler – Regional Operational Support Worker winner

What did it mean to you to be recognised at the awards ceremony?

It was very surprising, and I was quietly proud for the recognition of my work ethic.

What was your highlight of the ceremony?

The highlight for me was seeing and listening to Adam Kay. I loved the highlights of other people’s jobs and their positive attitudes and it was lovely to end with the choir. Thank you again for all your efforts with the awards and the ceremony it was a lovely day.

How did your team/colleagues react when you came back with your trophy?

My office colleagues were very congratulatory and positive which was very nice.


Image: Wayne Ingram.Meet Wayne Ingram - Regional Operational Support Worker winner

What did it mean to you to be recognised at the awards ceremony?

Winning the awards was special and I was very grateful and proud to be a part of it.

How did your team/colleagues react when you came back with your trophy?

My manager and the owner of the company was very pleased with the award.

What does the future hold for you?

For me in the future I should be get a promotion to a bigger care home they have just built open June this year. I will be the kitchen manager there it is going to be interesting and look forward to the opportunity the new role has for me. 


Meet Rachel Pyrah – Workforce Planning Team winner

What did it mean to the team to be recognised at the awards ceremony?

It was such an honour for our team to win Workforce Planning Team of the Year in last year’s Our Health Heroes awards. It’s fantastic that support staff are recognised in this way.

What was your highlight of the ceremony?

We had an amazing day at the ceremony. Everything was perfectly planned from start to finish. To hear the stories of each of the winners, particularly the ones involved in such heart-warming patient care was a highlight.

How did your team/colleagues react when you came back with the trophy?

The team were thrilled with our trophy and loved following the winners on Twitter as well.

Has anything changed for the team since winning the award?

We have gone on to win an award for the work we have done at the hospitals staff awards ceremony. We were also invited to present to the National People Board by the NHS Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar. This was because of the award we had won, and the board wanted to know more about the work we have done to achieve this Our Health Heroes award. This has now led to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust being asked to join their reference group.

What does the future hold for the team in 2020?

More of the same hard work and dedication to improving staffing and rostering to assist in patient care.


Image: Janet Callaghan.Meet Janet Callaghan – Outstanding Contribution Silver winner

What did it mean to you to be recognised at the awards ceremony?

The awards was a very special day, meeting so many other people and being part of the ceremony was just a perfect ending to what was my position at that time.

How did your team/colleagues react when you came back with your trophy?

My team colleagues were thrilled for me.

What does the future hold for you?

I have since reduced my hours of working but remain a member of the Treatment Room Service in North Manchester, the next step I am sure will be eventual retirement.

Thank you again to the team at Skills for Health for making such a memorable day for me.


Image: Christina Ginsburg-Appleby.Meet Christina Ginsburg-Appleby – Outstanding Contribution Gold winner

What did it mean to you to be recognised at the awards ceremony?

It was amazing to be invited to the award ceremony and an absolute surprise. I was overwhelmed to be nominated initially, shocked to be one three people in the outstanding contribution category. To win the gold award was a fabulous moment personally and for the team I work with and the organisation – Mountbatten Hospice, who absolutely supports my work.

What was your highlight of the ceremony?

The highlight of the ceremony must be hearing about the amazing contributions healthcare professionals are making in this country. The stories were moving and uplifting, and the patient was at the very centre of our work every time. It was a joy to share the day with my son and new husband!

How did your team/colleagues react when you came back with your trophy?

The team I work with, the staff and volunteers at Mountbatten and my colleagues in the hospital were absolutely delighted - the award is on show at the hospice and even today is a talking point.

Has anything changed for you since you won your award?

Receiving the award was VERY special - it has raised awareness of my role and I hope encourages early conversations with patients and families about where people would like to be cared for at the end of their life.

What does the future hold for you?

To continue in my role - I have retired and returned on a part-time basis with a job share! I am not ready to give up just yet!


Our Health Heroes will be back in 2020 and we are thrilled that we will be launching later this year! To pre-register your interest in Our Health Heroes 2020, sign-up for regular updates here.

Subscribe

* indicates required
Marketing permission

I would like to receive marketing communications regarding products, services, and events. I can unsubscribe at any time.