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QEH celebrates its staff and volunteers at special awards night

QEH celebrates its staff and volunteers at special awards night

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has announced the winners of its annual awards at a special annual awards evening held on Thursday 17 March to celebrate the amazing work of its staff and volunteers.

Professor Steve Barnett, QEH Chairman said: “Our awards evening held an extra special meaning after the last few years – everyone at Team QEH has worked so hard, consistently going above and beyond in exceptionally challenging circumstances during the pandemic to provide the best possible care for our patients.

“We heard many moving stories which highlighted examples of outstanding patient care, inspirational support and leadership, excellent teamwork and how living our values of kindness, wellness and fairness has made a significant difference to the lives of our patients and their families – and so much more.”

Originally planned to be held in person, the difficult decision was taken to move the event online and hold a virtual awards ceremony due to rising cases of COVID at QEH and across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. The nominees, their friends and families, other members of staff and a range of partners and external stakeholders joined a live feed where 16 awards in total were presented, covering areas such as patient safety and leader of the year, to the outstanding achievement in education and research and living the Trust’s values.

This year, the public chose the winner of two awards:

The ‘We Care’ award went to Salman Kidwai, an Obstetrics Consultant who works with people expecting a baby. He always goes above and beyond to ensure his patients understand the care they are receiving, have a voice in their care and feel safe and involved. As one woman put in her nomination: “Salman’s level of care, his kindness and the time he has for his patients is amazing. He is an asset to QEH and I thank him so much for the care he showed to me and my family and for getting my baby here safely.”

The ’Clinical Team of the Year’ award was awarded to the Research and Development Team who have been outstanding in the past year in response to the COVID pandemic crisis. Their work recruiting to crucial trials has directly contributed to the discovery of vital treatments for COVID-19 – a fantastic achievement for a small district general hospital. The Trust definitely punches above its weight in this area.

The awards night ended on a particularly special award that was asked for by the judging panel due to the exceptional work delivered in support of QEH staff during the pandemic. The Special Recognition Award for Services for the Wellbeing of Staff was awarded to the Clinical Psychology Team who superbly supported their colleagues through very challenging times by providing dedicated inhouse support. They were one of the first teams in the country to do this.

Caroline Shaw CBE, Chief Executive of QEH said: “Many congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to our winners. The nominations for 2022 are now open so please do visit our website for more information about this year’s awards and how to nominate our staff and volunteers. Like previous years, we hope our staff and local community will continue to get involved as there really is no higher praise than to stand out to our colleagues and patients.”


Editors notes:

A few photos of the evening will be sent to editors on the evening of 17 March 2022 to support any online coverage.

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Team QEH 2021 Award winners:

Patient Safety Champion This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improve patient outcomes, safety or the standard of care.

Winner: Helen Parriss, Specialist Physiotherapist for Women’s Health

Clinical Team of the Year The winner of this award is chosen by the public. It goes to a clinical team who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made an outstanding difference to our patients.

Winner: Research and Development Team

Non-Clinical Team of the Year This award is for a team that has made an outstanding difference to colleagues by providing a support service that enables the smooth running of our organisation.

Winner: Domestic Services Team

Growing our Own This award recognises a person in the early stages of their career who has made a notable achievement in their learning and development.

Winner: Emma Staples, Senior Operating Department Practitioner

Leader of the Year This award recognises brilliant leadership by an individual who demonstrates a positive and sustained impact on patients, service users, carers and staff.

Winner: Kit King, Team Leader on our Neonatal Unit

Behind the Scenes This is a very important award which recognises the contribution of an individual who provides vital support to our frontline services.

Winner: Louise Wright, Service Manager, Women and Children’s Division

Inclusion Champion This recognises an individual who promotes equality, diversity and inclusion for patients and staff.

Winner: Sam Jude, Ward Manager on Feltwell Ward

Outstanding Achievement in Education or Research This goes to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication or creative thinking in their work to develop or improve services for our patients.

Winner: Salman Kidwai, Obstetrics Consultant

Allied Health Professional of the Year This award celebrates an exceptional member of our Allied Health Professionals team.

Winner: Joules Lodge, Specialist Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapist

We Listen This award goes to a person who has delivered forward-thinking quality services through listening and learning. They have made Team QEH a better place to work.

Winner: Amanda-Jane Weir, Head of Staff Engagement and Wellbeing

We Act This recognises a person who has provided exceptional person-centred care through listening and understanding a patient’s needs and then delivering care with compassion and dignity.

Winner: Jane Wolfe, Uro-Gynae Specialist Nurse on Brancaster Ward

We Care The winner of this award is chosen by the public. It goes to an individual who consistently displays a positive attitude towards their work, delivers outstanding, patient-centred care, and strives to achieve excellent patient experience.

Winner: Salman Kidwai, Obstetrics Consultant

Living Our Values Outstanding Contribution This celebrates the outstanding contribution of an individual who delivers safe, compassionate care for our patients and their families. They will have embodied the Team QEH values of We Listen, We Act, and We Care.

Winner: Trudy Taylor, Head of Information and Business Support

Chairman’s Award for Developing Against the Odds This award is personally selected by the Chairman and it recognises a member of Team QEH who has succeeded in developing both professionally and personally through adversity.

Winner: Roger Fisher, Clinical Site Manager

Volunteer of the Year Award This award recognises an outstanding individual or team who regularly volunteers their time and talent ad Team QEH.

John Voaden

(Award to be named The John Voaden Volunteer of the Year Award for 2022)

Special Recognition for Services for the Wellbeing of Staff 

Clinical Psychology Team

The 2022 awards will be held towards the end of this year. There will be 14 awards and the public can put forward nominations for The Clinical Team of the Year and The John Voaden Volunteer of the Year award. More information about the awards and how to nominate can be found at