The Sirona Awards for Excellence 2021 were a double celebration as the community health provider marked the 10th birthday of its foundation.
Sirona was founded in October 2011 as part of a national reorganisation of healthcare services and now provides adult and children’s community health services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The awards night was streamed live from Bristol’s Floating Harbour Studios to enable all staff to attend virtually.
“All of the nominations received demonstrated the huge impact our staff have, not only for those in our communities, but also for their colleagues, said Chief Executive Janet Rowse.
“Our teams support those who are near the end of their lives, assist the most vulnerable members of our communities, help people ‘become families again’ and individuals reach their personal goals, while ensuring each and every one of our service users, and their families are treated with respect.
“Our values of Taking it Personally and treating people as we would want to be treated ourselves shone through.
“Despite the pandemic and the changes it brought; the upheaval and loss colleagues may have experienced, services have been provided to those who need us most, often in the most challenging of situations. I am truly grateful to all our staff for this and felt very emotional acknowledging the outstanding contributions they have made.”
Nominations for the majority of awards were from staff for staff but the night also included the I Think They Deserve It Award with people put forward by individuals who have received care.
The judges were so impressed by the nominations, they declared three winners for this category:-. Skylark Rehabilitation Unit in Yate who cared for an individual following a life-changing road accident; the Community Neuro and Motor Neurone Disease Team nominated by a family for the outstanding care provided in the final months of a loved one’s life and Marit Silegham, paediatric physiotherapist who supported a family to access a range of children’s services. All award winners will receive a specially created award made from Bath Aqua Glass.
Amanda Cheesley, Sirona’s Chair, said: “I want everyone to feel proud of what they have achieved – whether that is working at the very front line of service delivery or in services that support those teams. Our annual awards night is a celebration of all that our team are doing every day for the communities we serve.”
The night was sponsored by Sirona’s telephony provider Node 4 and print supplier Ralph Allen Press.
Winners and Highly Commended
Colleague of the Year: Winner – Karen Green, Discharge Service Lead, North Somerset
Award for Inspirational Leadership: Winner – Clare Cook, Respiratory Physiotherapist
Highly Commended: Karen O’Mahony and Lynn Simandi, Therapy Clinical Leads
Bank Worker of the Year: Team Winner: Covid Virtual Ward Team across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Individual Winner: Alison Charlesworth, Bank Admin
Contribution to Equality and Diversity Award: Winner: Anne Gachango, from The Haven
Highly Commended: Learning Disabilities Vaccination Team
Health and Wellbeing Award: Winner School Nursing Team and Lifetime Team, supporting children with life limiting illnesses.
Highly Commended: Lucy Bennett, Bristol Learning Disabilities Team.
Learning and Development Award: Winner – Elizabeth Saffery, Bladder and Bowel Service.
Highly Commended: Faye Murtagh and Georgina Dixon, School Nursing.
Newcomer Award: Winner – Miranda Thrift and Sue Jones from the Mobile Mass Vaccination Team.
Highly Commended: Kamini Nepaul, Safeguarding Team
Team of the Year: The Haven and the Communications Team
Highly Commended: Infection, Prevention and Control Team and HR Operations Team
The Dusty Walker Award for Quality Improvement: Winner: Health Visitor Jo Slator.
Highly Commended: Adam Gold, MSK Interface Team
I Think They Deserve It Award: Skylark Rehabilitation Unit, Community Neuro and Motor Neurone Team, and Marit Silegham, paediatric physiotherapist.
Chief Executive’s Award for Taking it Personally: Winner – Rebecca Poulton, Clinical Operational Lead for Musculoskeletal (MSK) Interface.
Highly Commended: Community Matron Louise Chambers.
Chair’s Award for Outstanding Contribution: Winner: The MSK Covid Support Team.
Highly Commended: Community Matron Sue Jones