And the winners of our 2017 Celebrating Success awards are

Outstanding NHS Lothian staff members who ensure patients receive high quality care have been given prestigious awards recognising their hard work.

The annual ‘Celebrating Success Awards’ took place at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on Friday night (16 June 2017), with individual care workers and teams scooping awards in 10 separate categories.

Winners included Tracey Pearson, who bagged the Health Hero Award for her work supporting people with learning disabilities, and William (Billy) Johnston, who was named NHS Lothian Staff Member of the Year for his dedication as a Clinical Support Worker at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Tracey Pearson, who is based within the community around Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, won the award because of her work helping people with learning disabilities, ensuring they are not disadvantaged when accessing the healthcare they need. When asked, Tracey described loving her job because she enjoyed contact with other people and the variety of the work.

William ‘Billy’ Johnston was recognised for going above and beyond in helping patients and supporting other members of staff.

NHS Lothian Chief Executive Tim Davison said: “The hard work and dedication shown by staff at NHS Lothian is absolutely incredible and it never ceases to amaze me the lengths they go to, to help ensure our patients are looked after. The winners have rightly received the highest recognition and I offer them my sincere congratulations.

“We received over 200 nominations this year and picking nominees and winners from such a deserving list was tough because the competition was so high. We give out these awards annually; it is our opportunity to stand back, however briefly, and thank the winners and the nominees for the care they give throughout the year.

“It’s also a chance to recognise that there are many, many other members of the NHS Lothian team who regularly go above and beyond – we are extremely lucky to have them and I am immensely proud to be part of an organisation with them in it.”

The full list of winners are: 

Health Hero – sponsored by the Edinburgh Evening News
The only publicly nominated category – the Health Hero award gives members of the public the opportunity to honour a healthcare worker who has delivered exceptional service and gone above and beyond, offering the best patient care.

WINNER: Tracey Pearson, Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre won the award for going above and beyond to deliver the best support needs of families she meets. The individual care and attention that Tracey provides impressed the judges as well as her leadership and dedication.

Staff Member of the Year - Sponsored by the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University
This award is for staff members who go above-and-beyond. The individual should be committed to person-centred care, have a positive influence on colleagues, patients and individuals, and be a constant and effective contributor to their team.

WINNER: William (Billy) Johnston
, Clinical Support Worker, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, was singled out by judges for his compassion, hard work, motivation and positivity. Billy is an excellent example of a member of staff who puts their heart and soul into their role.

Team of the Year – Sponsored by Unison, Lothian Health branch.
In this category, the judges were looking for a team that has demonstrated an excellent performance throughout the year, where there has been key engagement between managers and clinical staff, evidence of improved outcomes for patients and evidence of patient involvement influencing performance.

WINNER: The Catering Team at St John’s Hospital
is known for going out of their way to meet the needs of individual patients and to learn from feedback. The judges highlighted the flexible and approachable nature of the team and the positive impact this has across the hospital on both patients and staff.

Best Example of Quality, Innovation and Productivity
This award recognises staff or teams who have taken steps to improve working practices and service within their department, in order to benefit fellow staff or patients through the implementation of a new system or programme.

WINNER: Flow Centre
, Astley Ainslie Hospital. The FLOW centre is the first of its kind in the UK and the judges were impressed by the team’s integrated approach to ensuring patients are seen in the right place, at the right time, by the right person.

Caring Champion of the Year
In this category, judges were looking to find a member of staff who shows an exceptional level of care and compassion in his or her work, are committed to creating a welcoming and happy environment and who display a selfless way of working putting others’ needs before their own.

WINNER: Kate Triscott
, Complex Needs School Nurse, Musselburgh Primary Care Centre has been recognised for going above and beyond in supporting children with complex disability in East Lothian. Nothing is too much trouble for Kate.

Educator of the Year – Sponsored by University of Edinburgh
This award is to identify a member of staff who excels at teaching, sharing their knowledge and expertise with students, junior members of staff and/or colleagues.

WINNER:  Moira Kinnear
, Head of Education, Pharmacy Dept., Western General Hospital, stood out for her dedication and passion for learning and sharing knowledge. She embraces change and contributes to curriculum redesigns to ensure training qualifications are fit for purpose. 

Respect for Others
This award was looking for a staff member (or team) who actively tries to identify with a group of patients or staff who are, perhaps, hard to reach or difficult to identify and who strive to work with these groups to encourage inclusion and equality, be that in healthcare or the working environment.

WINNER: Jessie Anderson
, Clinical Support Worker, Edinburgh Access Practice, picked up this award for her hard work in an Edinburgh-based GP practice for people with uncertain accommodation arrangements. The judges were impressed at the steps she takes to ensure patients’ individual needs are met and that they are treated with dignity, honesty and respect.

Voluntary Service Award
This award recognises the outstanding individuals and teams who give up their time to help improve the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and their families and carers in Lothian.

WINNER: Aileen Banks
, Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, Midlothian. For the past 24 years Aileen has run a breastfeeding support group. Her commitment to supporting mothers within her community really impressed the judges.

Improving Patient Access
In this category, the judges were looking for individuals or teams who have made a significant improvement to aspects of the patient journey, with criteria including offering patients a choice at the point of referral, improving patient access to diagnosis, treatment and care services and improved clinical access or outcomes.

WINNER: Andrew O’Donnell
, Trainer in Substance Misuse and Harm Reduction/Naloxone Lead, Spittal Street Centre, has shown outstanding leadership in developing the Take Home Naloxone Programme across Lothian. Andrew has trained over 300 staff and pioneered a brief intervention approach that is now standard across Scotland.

Lynn Jackson Award
This award was introduced last year and is given in memory of Lynn Jackson, latterly Chief Nurse for Edinburgh Cancer Centre, who sadly passed away in 2014.  The winner is this category received two awards, our trophy and one kindly donated by Lynn’s family.

The award is given to a nurse who has shown an exceptional level of care and compassion in his/her work and displays a selfless way of working, putting others' needs before their own.

WINNER: Agnes Gardner
, Laser Suite Charge Nurse, OPD4, St John's Hospital. Agnes was praised by the judges for her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts within the Laser Suite at St John’s Hospital. Agnes has developed the nurse-led service for patients which has allowed the consultants to confidently discharge patients to the care of Agnes and her team. Her patient-centred approach, hard work, calmness and ability to connect with patients and staff made her the winning choice.