Staff awards 2015

We are now accepting nominations for the 2015 staff awards which are taking place on 10th June 2015. Please nominate an exceptional individual or team you feel deserves to win an award. To see a full list of our 2014 winners, please see our Annual staff awards page.

Staff awards 2014

With over 300 nominations, the judging panel had a difficult time choosing the winners. Chairman Tessa Blackstone, Human Resources Director Ali Mohammed, Interim Chief Executive Julian Nettel and TV presenter Christine Bleakley joined forces in congratulating the award winners.

Below are some highlights from the awards, as well as a full list of winners.

Child and family award 

Mr Neil Bulstrode

This is for a very special individual or team nominated by a patient, parent or carer. Fifteen-year-old Flora explained why she’d nominated Neil.

“I was born with microtia grade three on my left side. I am here because I want to thank Neil Bulstrode for constructing an ear for me.

“After getting an appointment with Neil and looking at his work we set a date, which was followed by another two dates. I have had three operations with Neil and what he has created is different to what I expected. I have good access to my ear canal, which has enabled me to hear slightly better. I now have an ear that people think doesn't look any different to the one I have had from birth. Now I walk around with my hair up worrying less about what people may say. I feel as if I have two normal ears just like everyone else, except that Neil has been the creator of the new ear. As a perfectionist he worked on the ear until it satisfied both of us. After the first stage and second stage done twice, I am content with the result and blown away by the appearance.

“I couldn't say thank you enough for what you have done. You have given me the ability to be confident and know that I look like everyone else.”

The Gwen Kirby award for excellence in the nursing care of children, presented by the Nurses’ League

Gwen Kirby Awards - Eleanor Tyrrell and Rose Mahoney
Gwen Kirby Awards - Eleanor Tyrrell and Rose Mahoney

Eleanor Tyrrell, Ward Sister, Lion Ward

This award is for a sister or charge nurse who shows concern and consideration for their colleagues and inspires high standards of nursing care. Eleanor’s nomination spoke of her calm, strong leadership skills and ability to maintain high standards of care on the ward. Patients and families are very complimentary about the care and experience they have on the ward, and her staff are polite and engaging. We know that recruiting and retaining high-quality oncology nurses has been a real challenge in the last few months, so all credit to Eleanor for her outstanding leadership over this period.

The Gwen Kirby award for a student nurse, presented by the Nurses’ League

Rose Mahoney, Student Nurse

Rose was selected for the student award as she had an outstanding range of practice placement reports that demonstrated excellence in nursing care with reflecting the nursing vision. Rose also has outstanding family centred care skills; a very high standard of written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Rose was a very popular member of her cohort and a very diligent student.

Colleague of the year

Colleague of the Year - Tom McGoldrick
Colleague of the year - Tom McGoldrick

Tom McGoldrick, Theatre Scheduler

Tom was nominated by nearly everyone in Theatres. One of his nominations said: “Tom is a man of few words but his actions and helpfulness say everything about him. He’s accommodating, smiling, knowledgeable and organised. It’s a delight to be able to count on him because a request asked is a job done! Tom goes above and beyond his role to help and support the multidisciplinary team in theatres. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Theatres couldn’t cope without Tom – everyone needs a Tom in their department.”

Other awards

Improvement champion

Neuromuscular team, with Lisa Byrne, Improvement Manager

Volunteer of the year

The Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units (NICU and PICU) volunteer team: Val Richardson, Helena O’Shea, Jackie Kennedy and Hilary Cullen

Patricia Lewisohn award for excellence in customer care

Adrian Godbold, Porter

Leader of the year

Zoe Wilks, Head of Nursing, Outpatients

Staff development champion   

Marina Hughes, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

Team of the year

Bumblebee Ward, with Maria Banaghan, Improvement Champion

Nurse Education Awards

Vanessa Garside award

Becky Saul, Pain Control Service and Liz Wright, Eagle Ward

Mentor of the year

Cindy Sparkes, Elephant Ward

Preceptor of the year

Rachel Allaway, Island Day Unit

Christine Tushingham memorial award for an outstanding nursing student

Lisa Ryan

Junior Doctor of the year awards

Critical Care and Respiratory
Dr Linda Chigaru

Surgery
Mr Marc Swan

Medicine, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
Dr Prem Patel

Infection, Cancer, Immunity and Laboratory Medicine
Dr Elizabeth Rivers

Neurosciences
Dr Belinda Crowe

Senior House Officer grade
Dr Elizabeth Wortley

Consultant trainer of the year
Dr Neil Wimalasundera

Pastoral consultant of the year
Dr Bridget Callaghan

Health Service Journal (HSJ) Efficiency in the Use of Diagnostics
Neuro-gastroenterology and Motility Team

The Giles van Colle Memorial award
Dr Dorothy Thomson

HSJ National Award for patient safety
Eagle team, along with Charlotte Magness

Berwick Patient Safety Award at the BMJ Awards
Zero Harm project

The staff awards are funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.