Caring nurses and doctors win OSCAs

UHCW OSCA winners 2017A caring nurse who helped a family following the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumour was the big winner at the 10th annual staff awards held by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust.

Audrey Hopwood, a Macmillan specialist nurse in Neuro-oncology, scooped the coveted Chief Executive Officer’s Award at UHCW NHS Trust’s tenth annual Outstanding Service and Care Awards, or OSCAs, on Friday, September 15, 2017. Nominations for the awards were open to staff and patients.

Audrey Hopwood was nominated by Richard from Nuneaton, following the care she had provided to his wife Gill. Gill was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2015 and very sadly passed away earlier this year.

Richard said:
“I was so delighted to be told that Audrey Hopwood had won the Chief Executive Officer’s Award.

“From the moment Gill was diagnosed, Audrey was with us, supporting us. I always felt that she was receiving the best possible care. When we received the awful news that Gill’s tumour was progressing, Audrey made sure that the end of her life was as peaceful and free from pain as it could be.

“I owe Audrey a debt of gratitude which I’m not sure I will ever be able to repay. However, I hope that the recognition she’s received by winning this award is one small step.”

Audrey said:
“I still can’t believe I won, especially amongst the other nominees. Our team works so closely together, and this award is really for all of us and not just me.

“The patients and relatives I see are going through such difficult times, and so it means so much to me that Richard put me forward for this award, let alone being shortlisted or winning it.”

Mr Stephen Cooke, a consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, won the Going the Extra Mile Award. He was put forward by Karen from near Southam in Warwickshire, the mother of Jack, a young patient who he has treated for over eight years. Karen said that Mr Cooke had been open and honest, involving the whole family in decisions and treating their son with compassion.

On hearing the news that Mr Cooke had won the Going the Extra Mile prize, Karen said:
“Mr Cooke completely deserves this Going the Extra Mile award and I’m so thrilled to hear he’s won! I nominated him because he’s transformed Jack’s standard of living, and has been available whenever the family have needed him.

“Thanks to Mr Cooke’s support, Jack had an operation three years ago that means he can now do all the activities he wants to do, so his care really has been life changing.”

Other winners included Amanda Eales, a Palliative Care Nurse who had pulled out all the stops to make an elderly patient’s last days comfortable, and Dominic Monk, an IT manager who quickly responded to the cyber attack on other NHS Trusts in May to help keep information about UHCW’s patients safe and secure.

The ceremony hosted by BBC presenter Lorna Bailey was attended by over 200 doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, dieticians and behind the scenes staff.

Chief Executive Officer, Professor Andy Hardy said:
“We’ve now celebrated the fantastic achievements of our staff at 10 OSCAs ceremonies. I’m more proud than ever before of the lengths they go to improve care for our patients.

“Every one of our shortlisted nominees would have been a deserved winner, and so it was incredibly tough for the judges to pick just 11 winners.

“It was especially heartening that a number of our winners this year were put forward by patients or relatives. I’m so grateful to everyone who nominated our staff and volunteers, as well as for the sponsorship that allows us to put on this event".

This year, UHCW NHS Trust, which runs both University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby, received over 400 nominations for the awards.

The event was made possible thanks to sponsorship by the Coventry and Rugby Hospital Company plc, Coventry University, ISS, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity, Vinci Facilities and Warwick Medical School.

Nominations for next year’s OSCAs are expected to launch in Spring 2018.