HSJ Award for Freedom to Speak Up Organisation of the Year
Our Freedom to Speak Up Team, led by John Walsh and Kulvant Sandhu, were recognised for their work to build an effective and caring speaking up culture in LCH and across the wider system.
Work by the team continued to flourish during the pandemic. This included recruiting 10 BAME Speaking Up Champions to support BAME colleagues and a new Speaking Up Champion, working with our Safeguarding Team, to focus on colleagues facing issues of domestic violence and abuse. Ongoing support has also been offered to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable colleagues who have been shielding since July, to facilitate peer support and to help the Trust learn from their experiences.
Shortlisted for System Led Support for Carers HSJ Award
We were shortlisted for the incredible partnership work that our Patient Experience Team have continued to champion with Carers Leeds. Sadly we didn’t win but we are still incredibly proud to have the work of Team Leeds recognised in this area.
Ranked at #21 on The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List
We ranked at #21 on The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2020/21! Our second consecutive year ranking in the Top 25!
Beverley Calvert won the You’re Simply Marvellous Award
Sponsored by The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, the award acknowledges the value Health Care Professionals bring to the treatment of Heart Failure, improving patient outcomes throughout the UK.
Beverly was nominated by a local patient and was one of only five individual healthcare professionals chosen nationally!
LCH Infection Prevention and Control Team won an Outstanding Achievement Award
Awarded by LCH on behalf of all health and social care partners across the City for the work the team did to ensure safe practices across health and social care settings in Leeds during the pandemic. The award was presented as part of LCH’s annual Thank You Awards 2020 with senior representatives present from Leeds City Council and NHS partners.
Commitment to Carers - Certificate of recognition
LCH was awarded a certificate of recognition for its Commitment to Carers as part of the Leeds Carers Partnership during 2020. This was in recognition for the ongoing hard work across the whole organisation to support Carers and our Working Carers. The Leeds Commitment to Carers is a city wide commitment to supporting 72,000+ unpaid carers in Leeds introduced and managed by the Leeds Carers Partnership of which LCH is an active partner.
LCH Staff triumph at AHA Awards
Gemma Hawtin, physiotherapy assistant, was recognised as the Advancing Healthcare Awards AHA Overall Winner at a ceremony held in London in October 2020.
Gemma and Michelle Lyons, Physiotherapy Assistant at LCH also picked up the NHS employers award for outstanding achievement by an AHP or healthcare science apprentice, support worker or technician, in recognition of their Wheelchair Skills Programme.
ChatHealth – Winner of the ‘Nursing in Mental Health’ award – Nursing Times
Our 0-19 team is part of the nationwide nursing community that operates ChatHealth as an important part of its service offer. Young people aged 11-19 years can text a 0-19 Specialist Public Health Nurse for confidential health support and advice on a range of health issues.
Young people receive real-time advice (between 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday - Friday) on health issues such as: sexual health, emotional health and wellbeing, bullying, healthy eating and general health concerns.
Thomas Currid, programme lead at the University of Essex, who announced the win, said: “The winner provided a safe, accessible and innovative initiative; it is a true reflection of the current situation and brought about a new approach. They felt it had a great reach and spread and gave coverage to other areas such as social issues as well as mental health support.”
LCH Library Services receive Regional Recognition
Helen Swales, Library Services Manager, won Head of Library & Knowledge Services North Award (Yorkshire and the Humber Health Libraries & Knowledge Network) and the whole library team won a bronze Library Superstar award at the same event for their work on the trust book club, specifically their special edition on Rennie Eddo-Lodge’s book, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’.
Nurses Liz Grogan and Joanne Reynard are entitled to be Proud
Liz Grogan and Jo Reynard, both senior Infection Prevention Nurses were awarded the prestigious Queen's Nurse title during 2020 by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). The title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) is available to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice and the Queen’s Nurse programme supports them to develop their professional skills and deliver outstanding patient care in the community.
During its first ever online ceremony Liz and Joanne received their formal induction to the Institute by Dr Crystal Oldman CBE and Chief Executive of the QNI, who acknowledged the contribution of all Queen’s Nurses in this eventful year.
Internal Communications and Engagement Award
In May 2019 our Communications team picked up a prestigious Gold Award at the inaugural Internal Communications and Engagement Awards. The team won the 'Best Event' category for running our internal communications event which recognises the contribution employees make here at LCH. The Thank You Event delivers a personal touch to recognise and celebrate individuals or teams.
Infant Mental Health Service wins national award!
The Infant Mental Health Service has had its ‘Babies, Brains and Bonding’ training recognised nationally by winning the very first Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) ‘David Cottrell Education of CAMH Professionals Award’. Lorraine Ingram and Rhonda Mitchell attended the ACAMH conference last week where they collected the award.
The team commented on this excellent achievement:
“We are delighted to be awarded the very first 'David Cottrell Education of CAMH Professionals Award’. We are passionate about developing a shared understanding with practitioners from a diverse range of professional backgrounds about the importance of early relationships. Having this recognition from ACAMH really supports us in promoting the infant mental health agenda, the need to support parents in caring for their infants and in influencing consideration of the earliest relational experiences of children, young people and adults.”
Thank You Event 2018
Dietetics’ double award win!
A digital innovation from our Nutrition and Dietetics Service has had a brilliant double win at the 2018 Building Better Healthcare Awards in London in October.
Supported by the LCH Service Improvement Team and in collaboration with healthcare IT specialists AireLogic Ltd, they created an electronic pre-assessment tool for patients seeking dietary treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The Functional Gut Disorder (FGD) form allows patients to enter their information via the online tool which is then reviewed by a dietitian prior to their first appointment – saving time on form-filling during appointments and empowering patients.
The e-form was named winner of both the Best Healthcare Software – Patient Centred and Patients Choice.
Flu Fighter Champion award
In April, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead Jo Reynard won the 2018 NHS flu fighter champion award. Jo picked up the award at a ceremony in Manchester which celebrated the achievements of flu teams and organisations across the country in promoting the flu vaccine to frontline health and social care staff in the season 2017/18.
She was recognised for her tireless efforts, including her ‘flu mascots’ Flo and Frankie, which helped Leeds Community Healthcare achieve a vaccination rate of 76.8% this year. Jo and the IPC team also helped vaccinate hundreds of Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care workforce.
Journal of Health Visiting Awards
The Leeds Infant Mental Health Service and Health Visiting service were awarded runner-up in the Innovation in Health Visiting Practice award.
They were recognised for their work on the Early Attachment Observation (EAO) that supports health visitors across the city to identify emerging relationship difficulties between infants and their care-givers in the first few weeks of life so that the difficulties can be addressed quickly and effectively.