Staff working for the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull have been recognised for their incredible contributions to healthcare over the last year and beyond.
Announced during a special, virtual awards ceremony, 10 individuals or teams from NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been praised for their efforts.
The special winners were chosen from almost 120 nominations in seven different categories, submitted by colleagues from across the organisation.
Winners included a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network for general practice staff, doctors who have been paving the way in implementing national schemes, teams who have had to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic quickly and effectively and more.
Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “The NHS is full of inspiring and selfless people, and the people I have the pleasure of working alongside across Birmingham and Solihull are no exception. Those nominated and the winners of our awards are perfect examples of the passion and commitment NHS staff have for their patients, each other and in providing exceptional care. It was a real joy to be able to present their awards and say thank you at our virtual ceremony last night, and I hope we have more opportunities in the future to celebrate our achievements in person.”
The full list of winners for each category is as follows:
- Unsung Hero – Kevin Marshall, Project Engineer, Digital Team
- Kevin helped with a number of key digital projects for the CCG, playing an instrumental part in ensuring that only the CCG’s digital needs are met, but also those from across the health system. He co-ordinated and supported the rollout of almost 2,000 laptops across general practice, including those urgently needed to support the rapid opening of vaccination centres and red sites.
- Going Above and Beyond – Ravy Gabrria-Nivas, Head of Primary Care and Transformation
- Ravy has led and delivered many important initiatives in general practice and primary care, and is known amongst the team as someone who not only gets the job done, but goes out of her way to provide excellent support and leadership. Ravy supported practices in preparing for Care Quality Commission inspections, making Birmingham and Solihull the first county in the country to have zero GP practices rated as ‘inadequate’.
- Most Innovative Idea – General Practice Staff & Allies Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network
- The network is a new initiative introduced in Birmingham and Solihull, which has been recognised by system partners and NHS England and NHS Improvement as being innovative and trailblazing. It sees GPs and other primary care staff come together to ensure ethnic minority voices are heard in making key decisions and in deciding the way general practice operates.
- Outstanding Leadership – Diane Rhoden, Deputy Director of Nursing
- Diane is said to express a genuine appreciation for every role carried out within her team, and her problem-solving ‘can-do’ approach has boosted the team’s morale. Not only has her leadership invigorated her own team, but she has also played a key role in reinforcing good relationships with other colleagues and creating new ones where possible.
- Clinical Leader of the Year – Dr Natasha Behl Gupta and Dr Daya Singh Chandan, GPs and First 5 Clinical Leads
- Dr Natasha Behl Gupta and Dr Daya Singh Chandan have successfully led and delivered two mandated NHS England and NHS Improvement schemes, making Birmingham and Solihull one of the first health systems to implement both schemes nationally. As a result, the area has been recognised on a national level for best practice, continually being highlighted as positive outliers in increasing the number of fully qualified GPs.
- Team of the Year – Digital Team and Medicines Management and Optimisation
- The Digital Team continues to play a critical role in the response to COVID-19, with their urgent action allowing business to continue as usual for the CCG, and allowing primary care to continue offering services to patients. This team has really stepped up to the challenge, and has gone above and beyond in their efforts, which has sometimes meant long days and weekend working, to ensure the local NHS can continue to offer the healthcare that local people need.
- The Medicines Management and Optimisation Team was also recognised for their rapid and efficient response to the pandemic. They were required to navigate multiple transitions in service delivery and team dynamic, whilst continuing to go above and beyond in their day-to-day roles. The team has learned a range of new skills and have worked alongside other health colleagues, continuing to show personal and professional development – particularly in support of the COVID vaccination programme.
- Individual of the Year – Hannah Ryder, HR Adviser and Jane Moore, Governance Manager
- Hannah offers constant support and guidance to all colleagues across the organisation. She can always be relied upon regardless of the pressures being faced, even in the midst of multiple lockdowns and the co-ordination of redeploying colleagues to other parts of the NHS. She makes a real difference with her reassurance and consideration to colleagues and is always an outstanding representation of the CCG’s core values.
- Jane has been recognised for her support in response to COVID-19, with her hard work and commitment in establishing the system operations centre which co-ordinated the CCG and local health system’s response to this, EU Exit and urgent and emergency care. Jane is always reliable and provides valued advice and guidance to support on-call manages, especially as we’ve navigated through this difficult time.