NHS Recognition Awards 2016 - Winners Announced

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

NHS Leaders from across the East Midlands came together last night to celebrate the winners of this year’s NHS Recognition Awards, hosted by the East Midlands Leadership Academy. 

Now in their fourth year, the awards pay tribute to the region’s best leaders in healthcare, celebrating leaders at all levels, especially those who have ultimately improved people’s health and the public’s experience of the NHS.

Last night’s ceremony was held at St Martin’s Conference Centre in Leicester, with winners in nine categories reflecting the breadth of professions and skills within the NHS.

The winners are:

Leading for Service Improvement and Innovation
Jimmy Endicott, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Leading and Developing People Award
Anne-Marie Murkett, Rainbows Hospice 

Inspirational Leader of the Year
Roger Start, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Award for Leading Systems Transformation
Tracy Ward, NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG 

Team Outstanding Achievement - Non Clinical
The Procurement and Supplies team – University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 

Team Outstanding Achievement – Clinical
The Imaging team, University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL)NHS Trust

Excellence in Patient Experience Award
East Midlands Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Senate, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network 

Emerging Leader of the Year
Lara Murfet, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Inclusive Leader of the Year
Patient Public Leadership and Inclusion Team, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network 

Paul O’Neill, Director of the East Midlands Leadership Academy, said, "The night was a fantastic celebration of our East Midlands leadership talent and I congratulate all of our winners.  Being a leader in the NHS can present challenges and it’s important to recognise that there is amazing work being done in our region.  We are surrounded by talented teams and individuals who have a real passion for doing the best they can for patients and for the NHS.”

The awards were presented by Paralympic world champion canoeist, Emma Wiggs, who spoke about her own journey towards achievement. Paul O’Neill added, “For me, there are clear parallels between the Olympic ideals and values and those of leadership within the NHS. They are both about dedication, hard work, tenacity in the face of challenges, the importance of team work, doing your very best every day and coaching and developing others to succeed. It was an absolute pleasure to have Emma join us on this special night and to hear about her experiences.”

Chair of the East Midlands Leadership Academy, Gavin Boyle said, "The Recognition Awards ceremony is a great opportunity for our hardworking frontline clinical and non-clinical leaders to be truly celebrated for their efforts and achievements. Once again, the quality of the nominations we received was fantastic and it was a challenge for our judges to choose the winners. With nominations of this calibre, all our nominees should feel truly proud of what they’ve achieved.  Congratulations to everyone who make it through to the shortlist and particularly our winners.”

Over 100 nominations were received from a spread of organisations which included those in both primary and secondary care as well as those from other parts of the health and social care sector.

Notes to Editors

The NHS Recognition Awards are hosted by the East Midlands Leadership Academy, a membership organisation developed to serve the leadership and development needs of the all NHS organisations in the East Midlands. It was created in November 2009 to promote and deliver the senior leadership development agenda for the East Midlands. For more information visit www.leadershipeastmidlands.nhs.uk.

Further information about the awards and the individual categories. 

Images from the Recognition Awards ceremony