Recognition and Achievement Awards 2017/18

Nominations Open!

For many people who work or volunteer in the NHS, it’s a vocation. They are dedicated to helping people either directly or indirectly and often work selflessly and tirelessly.  Our Board of Directors understandings this and that we are only as good as our staff and volunteers, so recognising their dedication, compassion, innovation, leadership and ambition is really important.

So often contributions go unrecognised because people don’t want to make a fuss.  Well, we think it’s important to make a fuss.  We want to say THANK YOU to our amazing staff and volunteers.

You can help us to do this by nominating in our Recognition and Achievement Awards 2017/18.  There are nine award categories this year and you can nominate here: Nomination Form

The Awards will be presented at a Gala Evening with dinner and a live band on 21 March 2018 at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn.  Our Long Service Awards for staff with over 30 years’ service in the health and social care sector will also take place at the Gala Evening.

Nominations close on Friday 19 January 2018.  For phone nominations, call 0114 2716747 (Monday to Wednesday).

People’s Choice

This award is a chance for service users, carers, visitors or members of the public to nominate staff.  It is designed to recognise the difference staff make to the lives of others, either in hospital, in the community or in people’s homes.  This awards gives the people we care for the opportunity to nominate a person or team who they feel has provided outstanding treatment and care or who has made a special difference to their lives.

Volunteer of the Year

A volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution and shown dedicated commitment to the Trust and our services throughout the year.

Compassionate Care

This award is for an individual or team who has shown extraordinary compassion and kindness in all aspects of their work and who go the extra mile to meet the individual needs of service users and carers.

Outstanding Achievement by an Individual

This award recognises an individual who provides a consistently high quality service to service users and/or colleagues, demonstrates the Trust’s core values, displays effort and dedication and has a positive can-do attitude as well as being friendly, thoughtful, considerate, caring, compassionate, courteous and professional at all times.

Quality Improvement by a Team

Bringing new ideas into practice can have a positive impact on the people who use our services, improving satisfaction and quality of life.  Through service redesign or by improving efficiency, our staff work in innovative ways every day. This award recognises a team whose positive and focused approach has seen their idea successfully implemented to make a real difference to quality.

Innovation and Research

We place real value on good ideas and encourage a culture where innovation is celebrated. This award recognises an individual or team who has implemented an idea or innovative approach which has resulted in a saving of time or money, improved practice or new way of working; made a change that had a positive, measured and sustainable impact for the good of our service users, staff and the Trust as a whole; developed and championed local innovation or a new way of working (including recommendations from an audit or research study) which has contributed significantly to improved safety; quality; efficiency; engagement; communication or collaboration

The nomination must show:

  • The service before and after the changes were made
  • Evidence of improved service, for example through monitoring of outcomes for staff or patients
  • Evidence of how sustainability is incorporated


This award recognises people who have courage and a clear vision and who inspire their team and/or colleagues to perform at their best.  Through their leadership they increase service user satisfaction and meet or exceed quality standards.

Learner of the Year

This award is designed to reward learners at any level who have demonstrated outstanding achievements through undertaking a programme of learning. The candidates will also have used their learning to great success, whether to the benefit of other colleagues or patients.

Chair Special Recognition Award

This special award is presented to an individual or team who truly lives the values at all times and feels able to challenge those who don’t. Overall they enhance the reputation of their team and the organisation and their words and actions reinforce a positive culture and make a tangible difference such as by tackling stigma and social exclusion.

Long Service Award

This award recognises staff that have 30 or more years’ service within the Health & Social Care sector.  All eligible staff will be contacted direct by the Trust.

Find out who won at last year’s Recognition and Achievement Awards here.