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Hospice presents Above and Beyond Awards

John Taylor Hospice staff and volunteers were recognised at an awards ceremony at the company’s annual general meeting.

It was the first time the hospice has held the Above and Beyond Awards which saw staff and volunteers being nominated by colleagues, patients and their families and supporters.

The awards, which were presented by hospice Chairman Harry Turner, reflect the hospice’s values, fundraising activities and focus on patient care.

CEO Penny Venables said: “The Above and Beyond Awards are a lovely and new way to say thank you to our staff and volunteers. It was encouraging to see so many nominations at the inaugural awards and we look forward to even more nominations next year. Well done to all who won awards and were nominated.”

The ceremony at Hollyfields Centre in Erdington also saw staff being presented with long service awards.

“At John Taylor Hospice we value all of our colleagues very highly,” added Penny. “Together we are ensuring excellent care for patients and their families and that is down to every one of our team – staff, volunteers and supporters. But we also wanted to make sure we are giving special recognition to people who have brought their specialist skills to John Taylor Hospice for long periods of time.”

Award winners were:
Care for All Award – Clinical Nurse Specialist Sally Kilroy
The Care for All Award recognises a colleague who gives exceptional care to patients and their families as well as to colleagues.

See the Person Award – Physiotherapist Vis Ramasamy
The See the Person Award recognises a colleague who is an inspiration and support for colleagues, patients and families; someone who makes people feel special by going the extra mile.

Be Right First Time Award – Nurse Consultant Sarah BacheThe Be Right First Time Award recognises a colleague who helps the hospice progress through innovation while also being a support for colleagues when they may be experiencing difficulties.

Simplify the Complex Award – Digital Experience Officer Scott Williams
The Simplify the Complex Award recognises a colleague who helps the company meet its objectives by identifying ways the company can work more effectively and efficiently and who supports colleagues, patients, families, volunteers or supporters.

Outstanding Fundraiser Award – Patient and Family Support Angie Donovan
The Outstanding Fundraiser Award recognises a colleague who is a trailblazer for fundraising, organising events and encouraging other colleagues, supporters, friends and family to support JTH by fundraising.

Patient/Supporter Choice Award – Staff Nurse Debra Gregory
The Patient/Supporter Choice Award asks patients, their families, volunteers and supporters to nominate a staff member who they believe has really made a difference to them or their family.

Congratulations also to the other staff and volunteers who received nominations:
PR and Media Officer Louise Allen
Staff Nurse Kelly Bergin
Palliative Care Assistant Nigel Button
Infrastructure Engineer and Data Analyst Leon Claraway
Palliative Care Assistant Lee Cutler
PA/Secretary to the Board Kate Ellis
Volunteer in Heart of the Hospice and Moments Café Christine Grew
Front of House Assistant Gill Heaton
Director of Clinical and Corporate Services Gail Hipkiss
Volunteer Counsellor Janet Pye
Physiotherapist Louise Tipson
Hospice at Home Team
Multi-Disciplinary Team

Long service awards were presented to the following staff have been with John Taylor Hospice for 25 years or more:
Associate Medical Director Deedar Bhomra
Sister Ann Birch

The following staff who have been with the hospice for 20 years or more:
Staff Nurse Louise Chivers
Clinical Nurse Specialist Sally Kilroy
Palliative Care Assistant Mary Moorehouse

And the following staff who have been with the hospice for 15 years or more:
Palliative Care Assistant Angie Cashin
Palliative Care Assistant Becky Mapp
Clinical Nurse Specialist Pip Olliver
Front of House Senior Administrator Irene Reynolds
Neuro Clinical Nurse Specialist Louise Stone
Palliative Care Assistant Maxine Worrall

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