RUH staff awards celebrate excellence in research and innovation

Quality of innovation, care and compassion were qualities recognised at the recent annual staff awards ceremony for the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) NHS Foundation Trust.

Winners of the You Matter Awards were selected from over 130 nominations in 16 categories, thanking staff for their exceptional dedication to the people they care for, the people they work with and people in the wider community.

Antiques dealer and television presenter Paul Martin generously donated his time to compere the ceremony and help present the awards.

The Preceptorship team, supporting newly registered professionals to settle in at the RUH, won the Working Together Annual Award. This award recognises exceptional teamwork.

There were two winners for the hotly contested Making a Difference Award, which recognises individuals who have led improvement work.

Dental Nurse Lorraine Forrester was honoured for improving how the RUH provides mouth care to help patients feel more comfortable as they are nearing the end of their life, and Pharmacist David Skirrow was recognised for introducing a new electronic prescribing process which gives clinical staff more time to spend with patients.

BSW ICB partner Health Innovation West of England sponsored the Research and Innovation Award. The organisation’s Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bennett, presented the award to the winners, the team behind the ‘Non-Invasive Parameters of Pulmonary Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis’ project. 

Alison Ryan, RUH Chair, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have so many exceptionally dedicated and caring colleagues, working in every corner of the organisation. Our awards ceremony was a true celebration of that.

“We have a vision at the RUH to be a place where every single person matters, and it was an honour to recognise the accomplishments of our colleagues and teams that contribute to making that a reality.”