Dedicated staff shortlisted for national awards

THE compassion, dedication and care shown by staff at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised on a national level, with staff from the Trust being shortlisted as finalists in four categories at The WOW! Awards Annual Gala 2017.

Wednesday 04 October 2017


The WOW! Awards recognise the delivery of outstanding customer care by teams and individuals committed to delivering the best possible service. The finalists have been chosen from over 20,000 nominations from customers and colleagues from a broad range of organisations across the UK, Europe and Australia.

Chris MitchellMusculoskeletal Specialist physiotherapist Chris Mitchell, pictured right, is a finalist in the ‘WOW! You changed my life’ category thanks to his continued dedication to help patient Joy Deadman walk again, following years of complications and setbacks.

Joy said: “I would never be where I am if it wasn't for Chris. He is the most incredible man full of compassion for his patients. I would have spent most of my life in a wheelchair if it wasn't for his determination to get me walking. I will forever be so grateful to Chris.”

The critical care team in the intensive care unit at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester were nominated for the incredible care they provided to a patient and their family during their final days together. Nominated by the family, the critical care team are now finalists in the ‘WOW! What a team!’ category.

Dr Antony Ashton, critical care consultant, said: “I feel extremely honoured and proud to be part of a team that delivers such a high standard of compassionate care to patients and families who are going through some of the most difficult and emotional experiences of their lives. It is a wonderful recognition for the whole team’s dedication to care that we have been nominated for this national award.”

Sue DriverSue Driver, pictured right, a domestic assistant at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, is a WOW! finalist thanks to her thoughtfulness in going the extra mile to help overseas nurses to feel at home. Sue organised a traditional English tea party to celebrate when they successfully qualified to work as nurses in the UK.

Sue said: “I was shocked and delighted to have been nominated as a WOW! finalist. Helping to organise the tea party was the least I could do to show how much the nurses were appreciated and how proud we are to have them working alongside us. I was so impressed with their hard work and incredible achievements.”

Donna Green, chief nurse of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “All of the nominees have achieved something really special and we are so proud that the dedication and compassion of our staff is being recognised.”

The Trust itself has also been named as a national finalist, in the ‘Best use of the WOW! Awards programme’ category.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals, said: “The WOW! Awards play a really important role in the Trust, giving patients, visitors and staff the chance to highlight some of the amazing work being done every day.

“We are proud of the way everybody has embraced the WOW! Awards and are delighted to have been named as finalists for this very special award.”

Winners of the national WOW! Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony later in the year.