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Radiotherapy department named Team of the Year at annual awards

Published 19/09/2017
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Derby Teaching Hospitals celebrated the outstanding care provided for patients living with cancer at our annual awards ceremony. 

The Radiotherapy department was honoured with the Chairman’s Team of the Year award for their continued commitment to providing excellent patient care while a number of life-saving treatment machines were being replaced. 

A third state-of-the-art Varian Truebeam Linear Accelerator is due to be installed in the department by December, with staff coping with only three of the four machines being operational since last year to continually provide a high quality service for an increased number of patients.  

The team also demonstrated compassion for our patients by installing an end of treatment bell for those that have come to the end of their Radiotherapy treatment to ring and mark the moment in style.

Mike Carr, General Manager for Cancer, said: “This award is just the icing on the cake for all of the hard work the team has done. It’s not until we stopped and looked back at the last 12 months that we saw the enormity of all of the good work that has been done in the department. We’re so pleased to have won and I’m really proud of the whole team for the commitment they’ve shown to our patients.”

The Team of the Year was one of seven awards to be handed out at the Trust’s annual Celebrating Success awards, which was held at Pride Park Stadium on Friday, 15 September.  

The winners of these awards were:

Employee of the Year: Paediatric Theatre Nurse Georgina Smith, for the role she played in helping those injured by the Manchester Terror Attack.

Putting Patients First: Total Hip and Knee Replacement Enhanced Recovery Patient Education Class, for improving the confidence of patients after surgery. 

Right First Time: Iron Infusions Vs Blood Transfusions, for  highlighting the clinical benefits for IV iron and important lifestyle and cost benefits for patients.

Investing Our Resources Wisely: NELA Liaison Team, for developing and collaborating partnerships with surgical and critical care teams in Derby for older people undergoing emergency surgery.

Developing Our People: Simulated Ward Round, for providing a safe environment for newly qualified doctors to learn from errors and develop new ways to prevent them from happening again.   

Ensuring Value Through Partnerships: The Operations team, for its work sharing information across healthcare organisational and professional boundaries. 

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The extraordinary lengths that all of our staff go to in order to put the needs of our patients first never fails to impress me. It is fantastic that we get the opportunity to highlight some of this work through these awards and so I would like to thank all of the sponsors and organisers that helped make the night possible. The ceremony allowed us to offer a small thank you to our staff for their commitment to providing the best possible care. I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone shortlisted as they are all winners in my eyes.”  

Last Modified 19/09/2017