The awards and accolades we receive recognise some fantastic achievements and the hard work of our staff. The trust has been recognised nationally and locally for many prestigious awards.

Awards and accolades 2013/14

Consultant physiotherapist achieves professional doctorate

Dr Atle Karstad, who is the only consultant physiotherapist at the trust, has completed a professional doctorate at Teesside University.

It’s in the bag! Steven picks up third prize in innovations award

Clinical educator Steven Yull was awarded third prize in the innovative technology or device category of the Bright Ideas awards in a glittering ceremony at Gateshead’s Hilton Hotel. The Bright Ideas awards are an annual event and are designed to showcase and celebrate the innovations of people working in or for the NHS in our region.

Team wins national award

The trust’s audiology team have been awarded the Improving Quality in Physiological Service (IQIPS) Programme – one of only 13 organisations in the country to do so – following a rigorous two day assessment.

National award for community falls team

Falls co-ordinator Yvonne Cheung in the trust’s community integrated assessment team was shortlisted for the chief health professions officer’s award for clinical leadership in the Advancing Healthcare Awards, in recognition of her innovative work preventing falls in the community.

Occupational health pick up excellence award

The trust picked up a continuing excellence award at the annual North East Better Health at Work Awards.

National accreditation for children’s services

The children’s services at the trust were awarded the national You’re Welcome accreditation, in recognition of the high standard of service they provide for young people.

Shortlisted in CHSK awards

The trust was shortlisted in the top 15 by CHKS for excellence in maternity care, as part of its top hospitals programme awards. Head of midwifery and children’s services Janet Mackie (pictured) was delighted with the achievement.

Matt earns new title

Consultant gastroenterologist Matt Rutter was awarded a professorial chair at Durham University. Matt was made honorary professor of gastroenterology.

Award for IT training team

The trust’s IT trainers were awarded a plaque for becoming a Microsoft Office Skills Training Centre from the NHS Microsoft IT academy programme – prodigy learning. Here, Mandy White (left) and Debbie Lazenby.

Consultant receives new title

Consultant neonatologist Samir Gupta was appointed professor of neonatology in the school of medicine, pharmacy and health at Durham University.

Head of pharmacy receives the title of honorary professor

Head of pharmacy and quality control laboratory services Philip Dean was awarded the title of honorary professor in the school of medicine, pharmacy and health at the University of Durham.

Shortlisted for award in recognition of end of life care

The trust earned national recognition for a diary system it created which allows the families of patients on end of life care to leave feedback. The trust was nominated in the clinical leadership category of the Patient Safety Awards for the creation of the diary, known as the family’s voice. Jane Corby (left), Mel McEvoy and Barbara Kreczak helped implement it.

National accreditation for trust’s occupational health service

The trust became the first acute NHS organisation in the North East to achieve national occupational health accreditation. The trust successfully met the accreditation standards SEQOHS – Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service.

Apprentice of the year

Electrical engineer Marc Johnson won the apprentice of the year award at the Northern and Yorkshire NHS Assessment Centre estates apprenticeship awards. He was presented with the award by associate director of estates and facilities Peter Mitchell.

Queen’s Nurse title honour

Lead community respiratory nurse Dorothy Wood was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Nurses and midwives of the year

Three members of staff scooped awards in the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards for this title. Geraldine Croft from the breast unit picked up nurse of the year and midwife Michelle Crombie and midwife Karen Stevens picked up midwife of the year.

Team of the year

For the fourth year running the chemotherapy day unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool were awarded team of the year in the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards.

Long term achievement award

Director of nursing, patient safety and quality Cath Siddle picked up the long term achievement award in the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards.