NHS Tayside’s shining stars are honoured by their peers and the public

It was a good night for staff at Ninewells Hospital during the annual NHS Tayside Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards.

Workers at the hospital won three gold awards at the ceremony in Dundee’s Apex Hotel, as well as two silvers and a bronze.

Outstanding Individual (Non Clinical), Silver: Margaret McMillan, Ward Assistant, Ward 6, Ninewells Hospital.

The awards, in partnership with Tayside Health Fund and the Academic Health Science Partnership, offered staff and the public a chance to nominate an individual, service or team in one of six categories for delivering outstanding patient care or going the extra mile.

Outstanding Individual (Clinical), Gold: Rachel Hunt, Senior Charge Nurse, Ward 3, PRI.

The ceremony was hosted by Professor Jason Leitch, national clinical director of healthcare quality and strategy with the Scottish Government.

The Innovation in Practice winner was the Viral Hepatitis Service, for its “pioneering, innovative and highly successful models of care”.

Outstanding Individual (Clinical), Silver: June Ward, Haemophilia/Anticoagulant Specialist Nurse, Ninewells.

The Inspiring Educator gold award went to Mary Malone, a paediatric respiratory nurse specialist at Ninewells, who “goes beyond the realm of just nursing and has always shown extreme professionalism”.

Quality Service/Improvement, Gold: Ann Eriksen, Executive Lead & Commissioner – Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus.

The gold award for Quality/Service Improvement was given to Ann Eriksen, the executive lead for sexual health and blood borne virus, whose work on reducing teenage conception rates, hepatitis C elimination and services for men who have sex with men was described as “notable”.

Quality Service/Improvement, Bronze: Dundee Community Leg Ulcer Team.

Rachel Hunt, Ward 3 senior charge nurse at Perth Royal Infirmary, was named winner of Outstanding Individual (Clincial). She was described as “an excellent leader and team player” who “had changed the ward for the better”.

Inspiring Educator, Gold: Mary Malone, Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Ninewells (Collected by Judith Golding due to absence).

Outstanding Individual (Non-Clinical) went to Ninewells Hospital’s clinical radiology group administrator Diane Donaldson. Diane was praised for her “cheery demeanour” and for “combining multiple administrative roles extending far beyond her remit”.

Innovation in Practice, Gold: The Viral Hepatitis Service.

The final award last night went to Ward 38 at Ninewells, the hospital’s inpatient maternity ward, with staff hailed for providing “outstanding and exceptional care” for new and expectant parents.

Innovation in Practice, Silver: Laorag Hunter, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Royal Victoria Hospital. 

NHS Tayside chairman John Brown said: “It has been fantastic to see the hard work and dedication of NHS Tayside staff recognised at this event. It is a great honour to be nominated by colleagues and members of the public and I would like to congratulate everyone who won an award, our finalists and nominees.”

Innovation in Practice, Bronze: Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist Team.

Board chief executive Malcolm Wright said: “The people of Tayside have really embraced these awards by nominating individuals, teams and services in their hundreds and this reflects the high regard our committed staff are held in by local communities.”

Malcolm Wright (Chief Exec NHS Tayside) and John Brown (Chairman NHS Tayside).