First Community celebrates annual staff awards ceremony

Published on 30/11/2017

First Community, celebrated its annual staff awards ceremony on Thursday 23 November at Lingfield Park. 300 staff members including frontline clinicians, partner organisations and Board members attended the ceremony, to celebrate the innovation, best practice and high-standard of care displayed by First Community colleagues.

First Community was recently rated Outstanding by CQC following an inspection of its services in March 2017 putting it in the top 2% of health organisations inspected by CQC in England.

Staff were recognised for the first-rate care provided throughout the year and award categories included the Chief Nurse Award for Care and Compassion, the Non-Executive Director Award for Patient Experience. The Partner Member of the Year Award was presented to Tom Pullen and Lesley Stewart from South East Coast Ambulance Service for their work in care homes and falls prevention.

The Chairman’s Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement was awarded to Caroline Burns and Caroline Hurman, Nurse Advisors, for promoting best care for patients in care homes.

Sarah Billiald, Chief Executive of First Community said, “The event showcased the hard work across First Community this year. I am proud to be able to share this with the teams and celebrate the difference we have made to our patients and community.”

See below for full list of winners:

Council of Governors team of the year award 
Highly commended: Caterham Dene Ward
Runner up: Long Term Conditions Services
Winner: Mental Health Team
Newcomer of the year
Highly commended: Marie Wilson
Runner up: Frank Given
Winner: Emma Adamson
Board award for innovation 
Highly commended: Jenny Rawlinson
Runner up: Audiology Team
Winner: Oxted District Nurses
Chief Nurse award for care and compassion 
Highly commended: Tammy Legge
Runner up: Pip Steers
Winner: Lisa Gavin & Homeless Health Team
Mary Simkins award for support staff member of the year 
Highly commended: Elaine Heffernan
Runner up: Forum House Reception
Winner: Sonia Harris
Non-Executive Director award for customer experience 
Highly commended: Bed Based Care and Integrated Discharge Team
Runner up: Podiatry Team
Winner: Rosie Alberino
Partner member of the year award
Highly commended: Katie Taylor
Runner up: Dr Haider and Dr Matthews from Whytleafe Surgery
Winner: Tom Pullen and Lesley Stewart from SECAmb
Unsung hero award
Highly commended: Venkatesh Govinden
Runner up: Lynn Thomas
Winner: Andrew Dickens
Chairman’s special recognition award for outstanding contribution 
Winner: Patient Safety and Quality Team
Chairman’s special recognition award for outstanding achievement 
Winner: Caroline Burns and Caroline Hurman