STARS shine at hospital awards event

The incredible work at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) and the staff and volunteers who make it happen were celebrated at the Trust’s annual Patient First STAR Awards celebration on Thursday (4 July).

The awards recognise the dedication, innovation and outstanding care at the Trust and this year a record 750 nominations were sent in by members of the public, patients and staff.

Nurses, porters, doctors, therapists and support staff were among those honoured as awards were presented in 10 categories.

The event at the Hilton Brighton Metropole was hosted by BSUH Chief Executive Dame Marianne Griffiths and Chairman Alan McCarthy and kindly supported by the BSUH Charity.

Marianne said: “It is a huge privilege working with such an amazing group of people. I see the incredible difference they make every day to the people we care for. I am so proud of them and delighted to be able to celebrate their commitment, passion and fantastic team work.

“Judging the categories this year was such a difficult job as the nominations captured the dedication of so many people. Reading them was humbling and heart-warming.

“My congratulations go to all our staff, teams and volunteers who were nominated. The huge number of nominations from colleagues and the public reflect the outstanding efforts of so many people working in every area of the Trust.”

The STAR categories and winners for 2019 are:

Patient’s Champion

For staff who embody and exceed the Patient First values of kindness and understanding, fairness and transparency, working together and excellence.

Winner – Shirley Williams, Neuro Rehab Dietitian, working at the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at the Princess Royal Hospital


Compassionate Care

For staff who go beyond normal expectations to care for patients with exceptional kindness, dignity and respect, showing the Trust’s commitment to make care our number one priority.

Winner – Lynne Poynter, Junior Sister, Hyper Acute Stroke Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital


Volunteer of the Year

For volunteers who have made a major difference to a patient, relative, colleague or team through their community spirited commitment to serving their local hospital.

Winner – Bidge Garton, volunteer in the A&E at the Royal Sussex County


Hospital Hero

Staff who are the jewel in their team, whose drive, enthusiasm or good sense of humour inspires those around them, especially at times of difficulty or stress.

Winner – Dr Rob Galloway, Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Outstanding Leadership

A leader may not necessarily be a manger, but someone who displays behaviours that inspire others to achieve, demonstrates vision and educates, mentors or supports others to help them develop new skills.

Winner – Lisa Holford, Plumpton Ward manager at Princess Royal Hospital


Extra Mile

For staff exhibiting an exemplary attitude to patient care, service delivery or improvement, including championing equality, diversity and inclusion.

Winner – the BSUH Ambassadors


Technology and Innovation

The award for staff initiating or leading change or research through the use of new technologies, techniques or systems.

Winner – The Panda IT Development Team


Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year is selected from staff who were awarded Star of the Month between April 2018 and March 2019 and is not open to nominations.

Winner – Iwona Galanek, Health Care Assistant, Royal Sussex County Hospital


Team of the Year – Contribution to Outstanding Care

This award is for a team that has triumphed in the face of adversity, or pulled together to maintain care, quality or performance in defiance of extraordinary pressures.

Winner – Critical Care Team at the Royals Sussex County Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital


 Chairman’s Award

This award seeks to reward an exceptional member of staff or team who has made an exemplary contribution to the Patient First programme and helped develop genuine cultural change across the Trust. It may be an individual or a group which the Chairman has met, or has been mentioned to him by colleagues during a visit or highlighted in one of our many complimentary letters from grateful patients and relatives.

Winners – Dr Philip Rankin, Clinical fellow in Emergency Medicine and Revd Canon Peter Wells, lead chaplain