Staff at a local hospital trust are celebrating after winning no
less than three national awards in a single evening.
The facilities and procurement team at County Durham &
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust triumphed at the recent annual
national Health Estates and Facilities Management Association
Under the management of Alison McCree, the team were named
winners in both the Efficiency & Improvement and Team of the
Year categories. Alison was also named Leader of the Year at
the awards ceremony, held in the Cotswolds.
Explaining their decisions, the judges described the team as
taking, "Great pride in delivering a number of service improvements
for patients, visitors & staff." They singled out the
introduction of an electronic patient meal ordering system.
Alison was described by the judges as having, "A clear vision
for the delivery of services and beliefs and has demonstrated that
it is essential to support, develop and nurture staff as they are
the most significant and precious resource, as well as the key to
safer, better and more reliable care for patients."
Commenting, Alison said, "It was a tremendous evening and we
were delighted to receive three of the top awards - especially in
the face of very tough competition. There are 650 members of
our team who are largely based behind the scenes in support roles
including porters, domestics, drivers, caterers, telephonists,
purchasing and logistics staff, sterile services technicians,
medical engineers and estates staff. Their skills and
commitment are an essential part of delivering a safe clean
environment to underpin excellent patient care in the right place
at the right time. Each of these awards reflects the work
done by the whole team."
Published 18th June 2018
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community