AN AWARDS ceremony held at the Countess of Chester Hospital honoured the achievements of more than 40 members of staff.
The Trust's new Celebration of Learning Awards 2003 spotlights the learning success of clinical and non-clinical staff from the hospital.
Sara Mogul, principal of West Cheshire College, who gave the keynote address, said: 'The Countess of Chester Hospital has been in the forefront of work-based learning and is often held up as an example of good practice.
'To work with an institution outside of the education sector, which shares our views of the role of learning in bringing about change and improvement, has been a wonderful experience for us.'
Leonie Kenny, assistant HR director for workforce development, added: 'Learning is for everyone. It seems common sense that providing training and development for doctors and nurses is essential to achieving high standards of patient care, but the connection is not always made with the development of other staff groups.
'The Trust believes it enhances the service we provide to patients when a porter can communicate with an anxious deaf person using sign language, a ward clerk has good computer skills and a domestic cleaner has studied the basics of infection control. Investing in our staff is an investment in patient care.'
During the evening, awards and certificates were presented to staff who had achieved success in the:
Staff Nurse Development Programme
British Sign Language Stage 1
Institute for Leadership and Management skills course NEBOSH health & safety training
Health Records Certificate of Technical Competence
However, the high point of the night was the Oscar-style announcement of the four winners of the Countess of Chester Hospital Celebration of Learning Awards 2003.
The individual who has most advanced the benefits of self-development Linda Currie, a clinical specialist in Occupational Therapy for Hands.
Linda not only studied in her own time for her Post Qualifying Certificate but has gone on to develop and deliver training in this specialist area to her colleagues. Linda is only the second OT in the country to be accredited as a hand therapist.
The manager with that extra commitment to supporting staff learning Darren Holman, manager, Hospital Sterilising & Disinfecting Unit.
Despite leading an extremely busy department, Darren has made the time to organise, manage and support his staff in learning IT skills and achieving the new technical vocational qualifications for sterile services.
The department who have shown support for each other's development - Countess Medirest team.
Over the past year, the team of hospital porters and domestic staff has gone from virtually no training, to where they now positively support each other's learning, by covering other staff's shifts. The team pulls on their individual strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure that every member of staff succeeds.
A Trust trainer or educator who stands out was Mark Newman.
Through his work with large patient groups, Mark developed a training programme for schools to address the increase in sexually transmitted diseases among students.