The best in Blackpool’s health has been celebrated at a lavish ceremony at Blackpool Tower.
From payroll, recruitment and admin to breast care specialists, end of life support and stop smoking advisors, nominations came in their hundreds for the hospital trust’s annual awards.
The Gazette-backed Celebrating Success Awards recognise the hard work of all staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the way they care for others and promote health in Blackpool.
And among the winners was Pasupathy Kiruparan – known as Mr Kiri– lead consultant in breast surgery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
He was nominated for The Gazette’s Patient Award by breast care nurse specialist Sarah Guilfoyle, who says he has “enhanced and improved” the service for patients as a “naturally gifted” surgeon.
He was presented with his trophy by The Gazette’s Head of Content, Andy Sykes.
Mr Kiri said: “I am really honoured to win The Gazette’s award.
“For an individual to win such an award, I am truly proud, but I wouldn’t have been successful if it wasn’t for the support of the breast care nurses I work with. As a team we are trying to surpass national standards.”
Winners and runners up at Friday night’s awards were presented with their trophies during the glittering ceremony at the Tower Ballroom, following performances from the Langley Dance Centre and the newly-formed NHS Choir.
Ian Johnson, chief executive of the hospital trust said: “I thought it would be a difficult job to choose the winners this year, but it’s you who do the difficult job.
“There were 228 entries into this year’s awards, but there probably should have been 2,000 entries and worthy winners from across the trust. The level and quality of entries has been absolutely outstanding.”
See Tuesday’s Gazette for more pictures from the awards.
CLINICAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Gastroenterology Unit – The unit was nominated for the way it has transformed in the last year, improving waiting time for procedures, pain relief and recovery time.
Runners-up: Clinical Haematology, School Nursing North Team
NON-CLINICAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
BHF Hearty Volunteer Health Mentor Project – The project won substantial funding from the British Heart Foundation to support 10,000 patients a year lead healthier lifestyles.
Runners-up: Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, Inpatient Tobacco Specialist Service
RADIO WAVE’S UNSUNG HERO
Julie Birdsall – Julie is an extremely hard working member of the paediatric unit team, and was nominated for always being willing to roll her sleeves up and get stuck into work.
Runners-up: Lee Rayner, Sue Townson
Community Care Pathway – The team was nominated for its dedication to reducing inappropriate admissions into the emergency department, making the unit a great success and its commitment to patients.
Runners-up: Nurse-led Ascites Service, Karen O’Hara
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Barbara Stevenson – The assistant practitioner in the community matron team was honoured for her compassion towards patients and bringing about change in health service provision while never losing her patient-centered focus.
Runners-up: Jon Dugdale, Maggie Tennant
WARD OF THE YEAR
Critical Care Unit – The unit was awarded for the valuable work it does for the patients it cares for who require intensive or specialist care and close monitoring, working closely with other hospital departments.
Runners-up: Clifton Ward 1, Blackpool Victoria Hospital Ward 16.
Trust chairman Ian Johnson honoured one of the night’s winners with a prize of £1,000 for the team or individual who he believed had made the most momentous difference to the work of the Trust, its patients, visitors and staff.