Staff with the WOW! factor honoured at annual gala ceremony

THE compassion, dedication and care shown by staff across Hampshire Hospitals was celebrated during the trust’s annual WOW! Awards Gala ceremony.

Wednesday 08 February 2017


WOW! Winners 2016

Some of the winning individuals and teams celebrate with Alex Lewis and their trophies


Almost 300 staff from Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital attended a glittering ceremony at Holiday Inn Winchester.

The event saw the overall WOW! winners for the year announced, with awards handed out in nine different categories.

There were two winners of main award of the evening, The Chairman’s Award, with the judges unable to separate Nick Maich and Hazel Horsnell.

Midwife Hazel was nominated after ensuring that an anxious patient was able to get the treatment she needed, arranging for her husband and newborn baby to stay on the ward with her.

Nick MaichNick, the Orthopaedic and Surgical Site Lead at RHCH, pictured right, received his award after going the extra mile to help an elderly couple.

The couple had both been admitted, but they were unable to be placed on the same ward, causing a great deal of anxiety. Nick acted as a messenger between the two, passing on a number of notes, including one from the husband which simply said “I love you”.

“When I visited the husband, I asked if there was anything I could do,” Nick said. “He just said that he would like me to go and see his wife, check she was alright, reassure her that he was okay and pass on a message of love.

“I went back and forth a couple of times passing on messages. It felt like a small thing to do at the time, but when I thought about it afterwards, I got quite choked up.

“I just wanted to put their minds at ease and it was really good to hear that they both did well afterwards. It was really nice to make a difference to them at what was a difficult time, but I certainly didn’t come here thinking that I might win this award, because there are so many people who have done fantastic things.”

Priya Ilangovan And Alex LewisDr Priya Ilangovan collected two awards on the night. The Consultant Paediatrician was named as the winner of the Family and Clinical Support Services Award and also picked up the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane team award alongside her colleagues from ward G2 at Basingstoke hospital.

“I am very humbled to win these awards,” Priya, who is pictured with guest speaker Alex Lewis, said. “I’m proud of the whole team and department, so to win the team award was really special.

“Working in a great team is what makes you want to go back into work every day. We all share the same ethos and objectives and do everything we can to support one another.

“Working with children is brilliant. Sometimes, you can be working on them all night but they bounce back so quickly that they can be giving you high-fives by breakfast. When that happens, that is all the reward we need.”

Priya received a number of nominations, with patients’ families praising her for her dedication, manner and willingness to go beyond the call of duty for patients, making special arrangements to make sure children were able to spend Christmas at home and swiftly passing on information in a way that makes it easy for families to understand.

Emily YoungEmily Young, a midwife based at Andover War Memorial Hospital, claimed the Rotary Club of Andover Award after going the extra mile to help a new mum suffering with severe post-natal depression.

“I was surprised and very honoured to win this award,” Emily, pictured right, said. “It is my privilege to get the chance to care for women in the way I do.

“I particularly enjoy helping women with additional mental health needs. It’s really rewarding to be able to empower women to care for themselves, their babies and their families.”

Last year, the trust received 2,716 WOW! nominations for staff who had made a difference to someone by exceeding expectations or going the extra mile. 

Staff can be nominated for a WOW! Award by colleagues, patients or visitors throughout the year, with a handful of winners selected by the trust’s public governors each month.

Elizabeth Padmore, Chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I know many of you here tonight consider what you do to be all in a day’s work and are modest about your achievements – but I encourage you to be very proud of your contribution. By doing what you do, you ensure that our patients receive the best possible clinical care and have an excellent experience and that our staff feel encouraged and want to do their best.”

Guest speaker for the evening was Alex Lewis, who lost both of his arms, both of his legs and part of his face after developing sepsis. He spoke warmly about the care he received at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, even saying that he was able to look back on his time in hospital with fondness, and inspired the audience with his determination to return to as near normal life as possible.

Anna O’Brien from Winchester Radio compered the evening, which was attended by special guests the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the Mayor of Test Valley and the Mayor of Winchester as well as representatives from the Rotary clubs of Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester.



Roll of Honour

Chairman’s Award (joint winners) – Nick Maich, Orthopaedic and Surgical Site Lead, RHCH; Hazel Horsnell, Midwife, RHCH

Chairman's Award runners-up – Rebecca Murphy, Specialist Dietitian, BNHH; Dean Wilson, Ward Clerk, E2, BNHH

Dan Putty Award for Dementia Care (joint winners) – Dr Megan Woodrow, Foundation Doctor, RHCH; Sasha Duncan, Healthcare Assistant, Victoria Ward, RHCH

Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane Award (Team) – Dr Priya Ilangovan and the G2 Team, BNHH

Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane Award (Individual) – Dr Jamie Fryer, Foundation Doctor, Emergency Department, BNHH

Rotary Club of Winchester Award (Team) – Emergency Department, RHCH

Rotary Club of Winchester Award (Individual) – Dr Arun Venkataraju, Consultant Anaesthetist, RHCH

Rotary Club of Andover Award – Emily Young, Community Midwife, AWMH

Corporate Services Award – Julie Higgins, Laundry Co-ordinator, RHCH

Family and Clinical Support Services Award – Dr Priya Ilangovan, Consultant Paediatrician, G2, BNHH

Medical Services Award – Emergency Department – both BNHH and RHCH

Surgical Services Award – Kemp Welch Ward