Nurses, Housekeepers, Surgeons, Volunteers and Support Workers were among 18 worthy winners at NHS Golden Jubilee’s star-studded Staff Awards for 2021.
The event was presented by broadcaster Jean Johannson, while guest award presenters included TV personality and wrestler Grado, Loose Women star Andrea McLean, and tennis coach Judy Murray and many more.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf MSP and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch also announced the recipients of the Special Recognition Awards from Team Jubilee.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Staff Awards went online in 2020, reimagined in a safe way while continuing to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of staff to NHS Golden Jubilee.
This year, this tradition continued with a star studded virtual event, which premiered on the NHS Golden Jubilee YouTube channel on Thursday 28 October featuring short biographies and footage of the 32 finalists chosen by the judging panel.
This year there were a massive 153 Nominees across 13 categories: Support Worker, Rising Star, Volunteers, Collaboration, Unsung Hero, Green Award, Project Recognition, Care and Compassion, Leader of the Year, Top Team, Chair Award for Innovation, Chief Executive Values Award, Special Recognition, with some awards garnering multiple winners.
Staff were nominated for going above and beyond in adapting to new roles brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, tireless commitment to person-centred care for patients, supporting families, and leading teams through the past year.
NHS Golden Jubilee Chief Executive, Professor Jann Gardner said the finalists were testament to the values, care and compassion that is shown to patients at NHS Golden Jubilee each and every day.
She added: “Over these last 18 months, those lived values have come through in everything that each member of staff has done. I know that our patients are incredibly grateful for the care that they have received while they are with us.
“Our finalists have all demonstrated dignity and respect to each other and to the patients that we serve and I want to say a huge thank you for everything that our staff do and everything that they have done.
“The event was a wonderful celebration of the achievements of staff and volunteers, all of whom were nominated for going above and beyond.
“I want to congratulate all of our finalists and winners, and to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all for the wonderful work that they do every day for our patients.”
For the first time in the Awards history, 3 Special Recognition Awards were also awarded. These were designed to highlight the incredible achievements of individuals and teams.
The first of the worthy winners was Marissa Nowosad for her outstanding bravery and courage. After qualifying as a nurse just over a year ago, Marissa took part in Advanced life support training.
Shortly after passing the course Marissa performed CPR on a 15-year-old involved in a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) which stabilised the patient before the first responders arrived.
The second Special Recognition Award of the night went to Director of Operations and Business Development, June Rogers which was presented by National Clinical Director Jason Leitch. June will retiring in 2022 after nearly 30 years working on site.
The third and final Special Recognition Award of the night went to the hospital-wide Organ Donation and Heart Transplantation Team for all their work carried out implementing the new opt out legislation for organ donation prior to the law change on 26 March 2021.
This change in the law means that people are assumed to be potential organ donors after they die, rather than having to sign the register, or opt in, to be a donor.
This change, and the tireless work of the team, meant deceased patients donation decisions were fulfilled to their wishes, and families who were grieving during this time were fully supported.
This has been incredibly successful, with more than 20 transplant procedures already performed this year alone.
Chair of the NHS Golden Jubilee Board, Susan Douglas-Scott CBE, who introduced the awards, said: “I think it’s really important to have the opportunity to publicly recognise the outstanding care and treatment given to patients by our amazing staff and teams at NHS Golden Jubilee.
“Maintaining and supporting a positive team is what we value and strive for at NHS Golden Jubilee and the awards highlight the people who make that possible.
“Tonight is just a snapshot of our amazing staff but It’s through these role models that we at NHS Golden Jubilee are able to achieve so much.
“On behalf of everyone on the Board and all the senior Executives here at NHS Golden Jubilee, I want to take this opportunity to thank every single member of Team Jubilee for everything they do for the people of Scotland”