The Star Awards 2019
More than 100 employees at an NHS Trust were recognised for their dedication, care and hard work in a glittering awards ceremony.
The Star Awards, held on 11 October, celebrated the best of the best of the workforce from Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs City, Sandwell and Rowley Regis Hospital and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre.
Specialist Trainer Richard Burnell was crowned Employee of the Year thanks to a staff vote.
Meanwhile A&E Staff Nurse Carroll Brashier scooped the Distinguished Service Award, after being described as dedicated and going above and beyond in her duties. She has been employed at the Trust for more than 20 years and works hard to ensure the best outcome for every patient she cares for.
ITV weatherman Des Coleman hosted the event, which boasted a Greatest Showman circus theme. Entertainment included stilt walkers, contortionists and a light show.
Pride of Birmingham winner Sally Gutteridge scooped Fundraiser of the Year. Despite being diagnosed with cancer, the mum has continued to raise money for Your Trust Charity, which is run by the NHS Trust.
Whilst midwife Joanne Simpson was given the award for Equality and Diversity Champion, following her work with pregnant Albanian asylum seekers, a number of whom have been sex-trafficked. As a result they represent some of the most traumatised and vulnerable patients Joanne works with.
Richard Samuda, Chairman for the Trust, said: “The Star Awards ceremony is the perfect way to recognise the amazing work our staff do throughout the year and we have had a fantastic evening celebrating.
“We have had a staggering amount of nominations which speaks volumes about our workforce and the standard of care they give to our patients. Whilst congratulating those who have made it through to the shortlist, I’d also like to take the opportunity to honour all of our colleagues who were nominated for the awards.”
The event is fully funded by sponsors who include the University of Wolverhampton, the HCI Group, and Siemens Healthineers.
The full list of winners are below, along with a video from their nominator explaining why they deserved their award.
Digital Leader of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Prize for Innovation
Coronary Artery Disease Management Team
Excellence in Education Prize
Fundraiser of the Year
Award for Equality and Diversity Champion
Learner of the Year
Distinguished Service Award
Patient Safety Award
Excellence in Research Prize
2020 Vision Prize for Integrated Care Pioneer of the Year
Local Primary Care Award for the Most Valued Service in the Trust
Friar Park District Nursing team
Quality of Care
Chairman’s Award for Notable Contribution to the Local Health and Social Care System
Non-Clinical Team of the Year
Medical Education Team
Clinical Team of the Year (Children’s)
Domestic Abuse Team
Clinical Team of the Year (Adults)
Critical Care and Critical Care Follow Up
Employee of the Year