Staff and volunteers honoured at annual awards

Dorset County Hospital staff and volunteers received recognition for their hard work and dedication at the 2012 Trust Awards.

The awards were presented for long service of 15 and 30 years and for making an outstanding contribution to the hospital.

Staff, patients and relatives were asked to nominate hospital staff and volunteers this year for a number of new awards to honour people who have gone that extra mile to make a difference to the lives of patients, visitors and colleagues.

The winners received their awards from Trust Chairman Dr Jeffrey Ellwood and Chief Executive Jean O’Callaghan at a presentation ceremony held at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester.

New awards this year included a Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to Children’s Community Nurse Jane Hopcraft.

Jane is retiring this month after more than 30 years with the hospital. She established the Community Paediatric Team at the hospital in 1992 and is well known and respected both within the hospital and in the wider community.

Jane’s citation read: “Throughout her career Jane has always ensured the child and family are at the centre of care and has often gone beyond the call of duty whenever a child or family has needed her. Her colleagues and friends all agree that there is no other nurse more deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award. Through her hard work, dedication, ‘can do’ personality and ‘hands on’ approach she has made a significant and lasting contribution to patients, families and the services provided by this Trust.”

The Trust’s Director of Workforce and Human Resources Mark Power, who opened the ceremony, said: “This event is a true celebration of the contribution and achievements of our staff and volunteers, and of the fantastic work they undertake on behalf of our hospital’s many patients, carers and service users. It’s an opportunity to say a heartfelt ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to them in the company of colleagues, friends and family.”

The event was supported by Medic Care Ltd which provides a discount scheme for NHS staff. Refreshments were provided by the hospital’s catering team.