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Newcastle Hospitals awards

The Newcastle Hospitals and our staff are regularly named as winners in regional, national and international awards. We have been given awards for our work in a range of areas such as healthcare, innovation, research, training, science and HR.

This page gives you more information about some of the awards given to individuals and teams across Newcastle Hospitals.

In November the Newcastle Hospitals scooped three national HSJ Awards - more than any other Trust in the country! This is a fantastic achievement and very much represents the continuous commitment and dedication demonstrated by our staff every single day.


Our 2015 awards CIPD Award winners for second year running

CIPD award 15Newcastle Hospitals has once again won a CIPD Award, winning the ‘2015 People Development Award’ for its involvement in ‘Project Choice’. The project creates a pathway to employment for young adults aged 16-24 with learning/physical disabilities or autism. The project is tailored to individual needs and we use many learning aids to support the young people's different learning styles.

Nationally, less than 7% of people with a disability are in paid employment, and this project is a step towards improving this. Seventy six percent of the Project Choice participants have gained paid employment or apprenticeships.

Lorna Harasymiuk, Project Choice Co-ordinator said: “It’s incredible to win two year’s running, I am thrilled to bits and am really proud of the students.”

2015 award winners 2014 awards          

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Special Care Baby Nurse 'Patient Champion' award

Sister Claire Campbell picks up a North East 'Patient Champion of the Year' award.

Community nurse crowned a ‘Queen’s Nurse’

Fiona Cook has been a qualified nurse for 22 years and works as a Community Nurse. She has been given the title of Queen's Nurse by the Queen's Nursing Institute.

Healthcare Science Awards 2014

Mr Terry Coaker - A Biomedical Scientist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary -  was recognised at the 2014 Healthcare Science Awards.

Young Gastroenterologist of the Year

Dr Christopher Lamb, a registrar at the RVI, was named ‘Young Gastroenterologist of the Year – Emerging Leader 2014’. 

Haemophilia Society 'Buddy'

David Hopper – a specialist physiotherapist - became an official Haemophilia Society 'Buddy' in 2014. The Haemophilia Society’s award recognises the support given by friends, family and healthcare professionals to children with bleeding disorders.

BMJ best Education and Training team

A group of Cardiologists, Vascular Surgeons and Interventional Radiologists from the Freeman Hospital were named the UK’s best Education and Training team at this year’s BMJ Healthcare Awards ceremony.

National Continence Care Award for ‘PeePod’

A team of scientists was chosen as one the winners of 2014's National Continence Care Awards. A medical device to help men who suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms, picked up the award.

International VAD Coordinator of the Year award

Neil Wrightson, Ventricular Assisted Devices or VAD Co-ordinator was recognised as the best in the world at what he does, winning the 2014 International VAD Co-ordinator of the Year Award.

Awards focus

'Student Nurse of the Year: Post-registration'

Nicola McCann - staff nurse on the Regional Neuro-Trauma Critical Care Unit at the RVI - was named as the Student Nursing Times 'Student Nurse of the Year: Post-registration' in 2014.

Occupational Therapy Innovation Award

Kate Hackett was awarded a national College of Occupational Therapists Innovation Award in recognition of her new project "Identifying and meeting the needs of service users within a specialist fatigue clinic".

National award for student doctor’s research

Dr Arthur Okonkwo picked up the national Student Award 2014 for his work on research projects into nutritional issues in Newcastle.

Clinical pharmacist wins national award

Dr Julia Blagburn picked up the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Clinical Pharmacist of the Year award in 2014 for her innovative project.

Top of the Research League

Newcastle topped the national league table for NHS research activity. The number of patients recruited into clinical trials last year totalled over 15,800 - far better than any other similar Trusts nationwide.

Training Journal Awards

We picked up two awards – the Best Public Sector Programme, and the Best Monitoring Programme – at the national Training Journal Awards.

Nursing Standard’s ‘Innovations in your Specialty’ award

Claire Sedgwick - an Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Nurse Specialist at the RVI - won 2014’s Nursing Standard’s ‘Innovations in your Specialty’ Award. Claire created the 'Oesophagoose' campaign.

Continence Nurse of the Year Award

Our Specialist Continence Team scooped the 2014 British Journal of Nursing - Continence Nurse of the Year Award. The team developed a project to prevent people in care and residential homes having to come to hospital to be treated for urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Personal Touch Awards

Newcastle Hospitals also has its own awards initiative for its own staff. Patients, members of the public, and colleagues can nominate staff for a Personal Touch Award.

Find out about our Employee of Year 2014.

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