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HDFT & HIF Colleague Recognition Awards 2021

We are delighted to launch the very first HDFT and HIF Colleague Recognition Awards!

Our awards are a chance to recognise the hard work, dedication and outstanding care given by our colleagues and teams across Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Harrogate Integrated Facilities, and to share their achievements for the wider benefit of patients/service users and staff.

If there is a person or team who you feel deserves to be acknowledged for their outstanding work, get nominating!

Nominations are now open for 2021, closing on Friday 22 January 2021 at 4pm.

If you want to nominate an individual or a team for the awards, use the form here or pick up a form from Harrogate District Hospital or Ripon Community Hospital. We can also post out forms to you – please get in touch on hdft.awards@nhs.net.

If you would like to submit supporting evidence with your nomination, please send any information or documents to hdft.awards@nhs.net.

Top tips for writing a fantastic entry: https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/awards/top-tips-for-writing-your-award-application/

Our award categories

Clinical directorates:

  • Children’s and County-wide Community Care Directorate Colleague of the Year
  • Long Term and Unscheduled Care Directorate Colleague of the Year
  • Planned and Surgical Care Directorate Colleague of the Year

These awards (one for each clinical directorate) are for any colleague in these directorates who provides exceptionally high quality services to patients/services users and/or colleagues, or has demonstrated exceptional improvements to a service with clear benefits for others. Judges will be looking for someone who:

  • Is highly motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Has made a significant difference to patient/service user care or colleagues over the past year.
  • Embodies the Trust’s values – respectful, responsible, passionate.

Anyone in each of the directorates can be nominated.

Harrogate Integrated Facilities Colleague of the Year

This award is for any colleague in Harrogate Integrated Facilities who provides exceptionally high quality services to  patients/services users and/or colleagues, or has demonstrated exceptional improvements to a service with clear benefits for others. Judges will be looking for someone who:

  • Is highly motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Has made a significant difference to patient/service user care or colleagues over the past year.
  • Portrays Harrogate Integrated Facilities in a positive light.

Anyone in the directorate can be nominated.

Corporate Directorate Colleague of the Year

This award is for any colleague in the directorate who provides exceptionally high quality services to  patients/services users and/or colleagues, or has demonstrated exceptional improvements to a service with clear benefits for others. Judges will be looking for someone who:

  • Is highly motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Has made a significant difference to patient/service user care or colleagues over the past year.
  • Embodies the Trust’s values – respectful, responsible, passionate.

Anyone in the directorate can be nominated.

Clinical Team of the Year

The winners will be a clinical team who consistently deliver a high quality and efficient service, with a clear focus on patient/service user needs. Perhaps they have implemented change and/or improved their service, and this can be evidenced.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Effective teamworking.
  • The team working together to support personal and professional development of members.
  • Improvement work that has taken place on behalf of patients/service users.
  • Evidence of high quality, safe services.
Non-Clinical Team of the Year

The winners will be a non-clinical team who consistently deliver a high quality and efficient service, with a clear focus on the needs of others, be that patients/service users or fellow colleagues. Perhaps they have implemented change and/or improved their service, and this can be evidenced.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Effective teamworking.
  • The team working together to support personal and professional development of members.
  • Improvement work that has taken place on behalf of colleagues and/or patients/service users.
  • Evidence of high quality services.
Patient Experience Award

This award is for an individual or a team that has made a significant contribution to a measurable improvement to patient safety and experience.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a clearly defined project/piece of work.
  • A clear explanation of how and why the need for improvement was necessary, including stakeholder engagement.
  • Clear patient or service user benefit from the piece of work carried out.
  • Evaluation (statistics or feedback for example) of the difference that’s been made for patients or service users.
Showing Compassion and Kindness Award

This award is for a person or a team that shows genuine kindness and compassion for others, is interested in others and in helping to meet their needs and providing the best possible quality of care. They treat people as valued individuals, understand different points of view and strive to put the needs of others before their own.  The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • How, or why, this person or team shows compassion and kindness.
  • How they treat others how they wish to be treated and promote equality and inclusion in the context of service delivery.
  • How they have a positive impact on patients/service users or colleagues.
Equality and Inclusion Award

Equality and inclusion is a key part of the Trust’s and HIF’s strategies. It’s about ensuring that access to opportunities are available to all by taking account of people’s differing needs and capabilities. The winner of this award will be an individual or a team who has worked tirelessly to improve opportunities for others and/or create an environment where everyone feels welcome. Judges will be looking for:

  • Equality and inclusion is a key part of their approach to work.
  • Embedding a culture that is inclusive of everyone.
  • Positively influences beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and conduct towards issues surrounding equality and inclusion.
Inspirational Colleague Award

Is there someone you know who inspires and encourages others, and is simply a wonderful person to work with and be around? The nomination doesn’t have to be about a particular project, it can simply be day-to-day positivity or this person’s general approach to working life. Or perhaps they’ve helped you through challenging times over the past year and you’d like to thank them for that. Judges will be looking for someone who:

  • Consistently inspires others around them.
  • Knows when to be there for others, and inspires people to be the best they can be.
  • Has made a clear and tangible difference to an individual or groups of people (colleagues or patients/service users).
Service Transformation Award

Has a service been improved or redeveloped over the past year, with clear benefits for patients/service users or colleagues? Continuous improvement is encouraged at the Trust, and teams who are enthusiastic and focused on being better should be recognised in this category. Judges are looking for:

  • A well-planned and implemented transformation of a service.
  • Evidence that the transformation implemented was the right thing to do.
  • Feedback from colleagues in the service or who work with the service, or from patients/service users.
Adaptability Award (for anyone who has been redeployed into a different role)

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to NHS services. As part of our response, colleagues were moved to different teams to provide support where need was greatest. Thank you to all colleagues who took redeployment in their stride – this award is for you. Judges will be looking for someone who:

  • Changed roles during the pandemic, continuing to be focused on high quality patient care.
  • Put the needs of the Trust and patients/service users ahead of their substantive role.
  • Was (or still is) an enthusiastic team player in their redeployment role.
Volunteer of the Year

This award is for an individual or team of volunteers who very generously give up their free time to support colleagues across the Trust. They work tirelessly with lots of enthusiasm and energy to provide much needed support for staff, patients/service users and visitors. The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • What they do and how they do it.
  • The impact of what they do on the people and service they support.
  • How they have demonstrated a positive attitude, regularly contributing to the team they’re part of.
Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity Fundraiser of the Year

This award recognises staff or members of the public who have dedicated their time and energy to fundraising activities that benefit Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity. The charity funds specialist equipment, training and services, going above and beyond the provision of the NHS to help improve treatment and facilities for all departments and services at the Trust. Entries do not have to be Trust or HIF staff members – they can be people in the community too. Judges will be looking for:

  • A clear commitment to fundraising over the past year (the amount raised isn’t important!).
  • Strong reasons why the individual or team raised or is raising money for HHCC.
  • Clear patient/service user or colleague benefit to the fundraising.
Chairman’s Award and Council of Governors’ Award

As well as the above awards, we will also be presenting a Chairman’s Award and a Council of Governors’ Award. These winners will be selected from entries across all categories. It is not possible to make a direct nomination for these two awards.