Staff receive Above and Beyond Awards

John Taylor Hospice staff were praised at this year’s Above and Beyond Awards.

Announced at the hospice AGM, the awards are presented to staff who are judged to have have gone the extra mile for patients, families, supporters and each other.

Now in their third year, there were more than 50 nominations across the six categories.

Four of the categories, Care for All, See the Person, Be Right First Time and Simplify the Complex, are based on the hospice values. One award is for a staff member or team who are deemed to be Outstanding Fundraisers and one category, the Patient/Supporter Choice Award, is nominated by members of the public.

Hospice CEO Penny Venables said: “I am delighted to see our Above and Beyond Awards go from strength to strength. This year the judging panel had more than 50 nominations to consider – and all of them showed us just how far so many of our award winners will go to help their colleagues, patients, families and supporters.

“A huge well done to everyone nominated – you should feel proud that your colleagues believe you go above and beyond.”

Winner of the Care for All Award was Angela Cashin whose nomination stated: “They are often mentioned in patient surveys as a shining example of what John Taylor Hospice should be about.”

Runner-up was Arron Perry whose nomination stated: “He does care for staff and definitely cares about his job.”

Also nominated in this category were Sarah Bache, Eliza Gibbons, Jan Hipkiss, Lucy Keegan, Jody Thompson, Louise Tipson, Angela Vigus and the Workforce Team.

Winner of the See the Person Award was Andrew Ray whose nomination stated: “He always takes the time out to ensure the team feel supported and rewarded in everything they do.”

The runner-up was Lisa Wall-Hayes whose nomination stated: “She strives for the best for patients and has a friendly and helpful manner.”

Also nominated in this category were Louise Allen, Sarah Bache, Kate Ellis and Clare Lewis.

Winner of the Be Right First Time Award was Ivy Ward whose nomination stated: “She is always happy to help in any circumstances, not just within her role.”

The runner-up was Lyn Hindley whose nomination stated: “She is a shining example of the organisation’s valued and leads the way in suggesting new ways of working to make things more efficient.”

Also nominated in this category were the Brand Team, Phil Murphy, Katie Roberts and Dawn Hartill.

Winner of the Simplify the Complex Award was the Workforce Team whose nomination stated: “They proactively engage with staff at all levels.”

The runner-up being Katie Roberts whose nomination stated: “This person has led on teaching, allowing information to be cascaded to staff.”

Also nominated for this category were Jimmy Cook, Tina Dixon, Lyn Hindley, Jan Hipkiss, the Hospice at Home Team, Vijaya Kane, Andrew Ray, Ann Taylor and Scott Williams.

Winner of the Outstanding Fundraiser Award was Sarah Bache who was praised for being “a fantastic ambassador for John Taylor Hospice.”

Runner-up being Marie Wilkes was praised for “throwing herself into fundraising and raising awareness of the hospice.”

Also nominated in this category were Fatima Bhamani, Emily Boate, the In-Patient Unit Team, the Living Well Centre Team and Pip Olliver.

Winner of the Patient/Supporter Choice Award was Angela Vigus. Her nomination stated: “She has made such a difference to me. She has taken the time to really get to know me and understand how my illness affects my body and my mind.”

Runner-up was Julie Bennett whose nomination stated: “All of our welfare is paramount to her and she is passionate about John Taylor Hospice.”  

Also nominated in this category were Paddy Breen, Angela Cashin, Faye Collins, Becky Davies, Bridget Dunbar, Geraldine Green, Gill Heaton, Matthew Hinton, Stephanie Jones, the Living Well Centre Team, Denise Moore, Mandy Pritchard, Irene Reynolds, Sandie Robinson and Keira Smith.

Long-service certificates were also presented to Sarah Bache, Jackie Galpin, Shantal Lavill and Rebecca Stone who have reached 15 years working for John Taylor Hospice and Irene Reynolds who has reached 20 years.

Hospice Chair Harry Turner, who presented the awards said: “I never cease to be impressed by the dedication of the staff at John Taylor Hospice. These nominations and awards show us just how hard our teams are working to ensure that every moment matters for patients, their families, supporters and their colleagues.”

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

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