For the first time this year the trust held Annual Values Awards to replace our Special Achievement Awards.

The awards were presented by BBC journalist Nicholas Owen and were chosen from all the Values Awards nominations made in the previous year by the Listening into Action sponsor group.

There were individual and team awards for each of our values; excellent, kind, responsible and respectful, as well as two chief executive special awards and a lifetime achievement award.

Long Service awards were also given out for staff with 25 years’ service and volunteers with 10 years’ service.

Congratulations to all those who won awards.

You can read full citations for each award below.

Chief Executive’s Special Award – Claire Bailey
On witnessing an assault by a mother on a vulnerable young adult Claire intervened and later followed up with our Adult Safeguarding Lead. The Police requested she be a witness and she was felt to be very reliable.

Chief Executive’s Special Award – Sonia Steer
When leaving her unit to take her lunch break, Sonia came across a gentleman who was trying (and failing) to find the Atkinson Morley Wing where his mother had been taken. She took the time not only to give him precise and clear directions for his future visits but also took the time to guide him there in person.

Excellent Individual of the Year Award – Theresa Alexander
Theresa is a breastfeeding specialist nurse who has been described by her patients as an ‘angel’. She has been nominated for consistently going above and beyond what is expected of her and for working tirelessly to establish a hugely successful breast milk bank at St George’s.

Excellent Team of the Year Award – Primary Care Therapy Team
This team has been nominated for championing excellence both within the hospital and in the community. They successfully rose to the challenge of a 30% increase in referrals since 2011 by increasing productivity to 96% above their activity target for 2013/14.

Kind Individual of the Year Award – Amy Sawyer
Described as ‘positive’ and ‘energetic’, Champneys staff nurse Amy Sawyer has inspired others with her warmth and kindness. The ward as a whole benefits from her knowledge, skill and eagerness to help others. She is a great example to new nurses who see how well nursing can be done.

Kind Team of the Year Award – Opcare Reception QMH Roehampton
The reception team has been nominated by four patients who were impressed by how helpful, cheerful, patient, kind and empathetic they are. No enquiry is too difficult and all assistance is carried out in a proactive way.

Respectful Individual of the Year Award – Emma McBride
Radiographer Emma has been nominated by the parents of a young boy with complex needs, who wrote in to say how grateful they were for the patience, skill, professionalism and kindness shown to their son during his x-ray. Describing Emma’s care as ‘incredible’, the parents said she had made a huge difference to their son’s feelings towards hospital and had eased his concerns about future appointments.

Respectful Team of the Year Award – Thomas Addison Reception
The reception team at the Thomas Addison Unit have been nominated for their excellent attitude and their commitment to ensuring that all patients have a positive experience during their visit. Regardless of how busy and under pressure they are, the team always makes the effort to greet patients professionally and with a smile.

Responsible Individual of the Year Award – James Barlow
Healthcare assistant James Barlow has been nominated for the many improvements he has made to both the ward and day unit of the oncology unit. James has been in post for just over a year – his responsible attitude has helped improve standards on the unit. He takes great care of patients, who, along with the staff, greatly appreciate his efforts.

Responsible Team of the Year Award – E-rostering Team
This team has been nominated for their ‘invaluable’ support and their dedication to the needs of their service. They respond to all queries in a timely manner and are very approachable and professional towards all patients and staff.

Lifetime Contribution Award – Canon Hilary Johnson
Has been an integral part of the fabric of St George’s for the last 25 years. Besides leading the Chaplaincy team which has provided important care to patients, family and staff, Hilary has chaired many important Committees during her time with the Trust and embodies our Trust values constantly. She will be greatly missed when she retires later this year.