LEIGHTON Hospital workers were given the star treatment in a glitzy Oscars-style ceremony to salute their successes over the past year.

Staff who work for the Mid Cheshire NHS Hospitals Trust, which runs the Crewe hospital, were honoured at an awards night.

They were thanked for their outstanding efforts at the trust’s Celebration of Achievement evening held at Nantwich Civic Hall.

Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson joined 300 staff applauded for their commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and innovation over the past 12 months.

Nominated domestic staff, doctors, managers, nurses, midwives and other members of the trust’s 3,000-plus workforce at Leighton and Northwich Infirmary joined for the celebration.

Staff were put forward by their colleagues in 12 categories, which had been drawn up to ensure every member of staff was eligible.

The judging panel then faced the unenviable task of drawing up the shortlist of three finalists per category to invite to the ceremony. It wasn’t until the evening itself that staff found out whether they had won.

The event was opened by trust chairman John Moran and hosted by director of workforce and service development Rachel Alcock. Chief executive Phil Morley announced the winners with the opening of a sealed gold envelope.

Mr Timpson thanked all for their commitment to patients from his and neighbouring constituencies. He also acknowledged the excellent care his family had received at Leighton Hospital.

Chief executive Mr Morley said: “This is the second year that we have held these awards and I am again impressed by the nominations put forward by our staff on behalf of their colleagues.”

“Our frontline staff often receive positive feedback from patients but there is a huge team behind the scenes who also deserve recognition, too.

“Everyone who had been nominated was a winner in their own right although I am sure there are many more worthy would-be winners.

“We hope to repeat the event next year, giving even more staff the opportunity to be recognised by their peers and the trust.”

Leighton Hospital awards – list of the winners


Winner – Margaret Doyle, head and neck cancer nurse specialist:

Margaret was nominated for her vital role in the care of cancer patients. She supports patients and families through treatment and also helps those patients who choose to spend their last days at home. She also organises fundraisers and awareness days.


Winners – Dave Podmore, Mike Bourne, James Coxon – decorators from the Estates and Facilities division:

The decorating team have a cheerful and thoughtful approach. Staff report that they never complained about having to change plans and are always respectful and considerate to patients.


Winners – Lynette Bowler and Nicky Walker, occupational therapists:

Lynette and Nicky were nominated for their commitment to a research trial for osteoarthritis, known as the SMOOTH project, and the development of their service.


Winners – Service Development Team, headed up by Rhoneen Schoneville:

The team were nominated as a result of the implementation of the Quality Matters Programme to improve efficiency and quality across the trust and enhance patient care. They have also supported staff in achieving the 18-week referral to treatment target and throughout changes in the organisation.


Winners – Matron Helen Nutkins and the Surgical & Cancer Infection Prevention Team:

Helen and her team have significantly improved standards through adherence to infection policies. They have undertaken regular audits and, in the interest of other wards and areas in the trust, have shared results and good practices.


Winners – Children Centre Midwives:

Nominated for the work they do to support difficult to reach groups of clients. The midwives take a great pride in their work, which comes across in all that they do.


Winner – Pauline Peake, domestic on orthopaedics:

Pauline has worked at the trust since 1977 and has been an inspiration to many staff. She is dedicated, committed and cheerful and always takes the time to brighten the day of her patients. Staff describe her standards as excellent and say she is a mentor to new staff.


Winners – National Service Framework Steering Group for Long-tern Conditions:

This group has worked with many partners for the benefit patients who have long-term neurological conditions and their families. They have delivered training, raised awareness, undertaken audits and provided a wealth of information to patients. They have organised a number of events with other stakeholders.


Winner – Kath Baker, head of risk management:

Kath is a dedicated member of staff who was responsible for the establishment of the risk management service. She has promoted patient safety and colleagues commend her dedication.


Winners – The Laundry Team:

They are a dedicated department who provide an essential service to Leighton Hospital and Northwich Infirmary. Despite a hiccup last summer when a major piece of machinery needed repair, they maintained a seamless service. They have achieved ISO accreditation, exceeded production targets and work to full capacity all the time. In addition to traditional linen services – laundering sheets, gowns, bedding etc – they provide an excellent uniform and repair service.


Winner – Geoff Briggs, volunteer:

Geoff is a valued patient representative member of the Emergency Care Divisional Board. He also sits on a number of steering and patient experience groups, helping to undertake audits and provide invaluable feedback from a ‘patient’s perspective’. He is always helpful, cheerful and supportive to staff.


Winner – Michelle Owens, assistant in the radiology department:

Michelle submitted an idea to the suggestion scheme at the trust which asks staff for ideas on how to enhance or improve day-to-day experiences around our hospitals. She suggested a catheter bag cover to ensure dignity when patients are being wheeled down corridors in a wheelchair or on a bed.