18th July 2019

Achievements celebrated at Pride of ESHT Awards

The achievements of members of staff at the Trust were celebrated at the annual Pride of ESHT Awards, with 15 awards presented and recognition of 12 members of staff who have achieved over 40 years’ service to the NHS.

The evening was held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. Steve Phoenix, Trust Chairman said: “In total, ESHT employs around 7,000 staff, supported by 750 volunteers, who tirelessly strive to deliver the best possible care. The Pride of ESHT Awards ceremony gives us the opportunity to acknowledge a few who have given something extra, which has been recognised by their colleagues and/or the people we serve. The standard of achievements this year has been incredibly high and the common theme amongst all our finalists is that they provide excellence and quality to our patients.”

The winners were:


Enhancing Patient Safety, Experience and Care Award

Dr Alan Stedman, Consultant Anaesthetist won the Enhancing Patient Safety, Experience and Care Award

Dr Alan Stedman, Consultant Anaesthetist

“Dr Stedman is a passionate advocate for patient safety. He puts himself in the patient’s position and acts according to how he would like to be treated. He listens to colleagues in Theatres and directs proceedings in a way that allows everyone to do their job in the most efficient way.”

The award was sponsored by Sentimental Care Ltd


Health and Wellbeing Award

Sharon Burch, Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Lead won the Health and Wellbeing Award

Sharon Burch, Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Lead

“Sharon is calm and perceptive and encourages her colleagues to discuss issues in a very constructive and sensitive way. She is always willing to listen and leads a caring, conscientious and hard-working team by example.”

Award sponsored by Simply Health      


Leadership Award

Diana Benton, Lead Phlebotomist won the Leadership Award

Diana Benton, Lead Phlebotomist

“During a time of unexpected staff absence, Diana exhibited strong leadership and a great work ethic which ensured that patients continued to receive skilled and timely Phlebotomy so their results were available when needed.”

Award sponsored by Rebekah Giffney Consulting


Personal Development Award

Stacey Bolingbroke, Senior Governance Officer won the Personal Development Award

“Stacey is highly motivated and has ensured that she is fully familiar with new systems that have been introduced. Using her initiative she has developed her IT skills, meaning she can support colleagues to provide outstanding services.”

Stacey Bolingbroke, Senior Governance Officer

Award sponsored by McCrudden Training


Quality Improvement Award

Beth Attwood and Marie O’Mara, Lead Pharmacy Technicians for Medicines Management won the Quality Improvement Award

Beth Attwood and Marie O’Mara, Lead Pharmacy Technicians for Medicines Management

“Beth and Marie have embraced change and led their teams to deliver improvements in Medicines Management. They have developed the service and their can-do attitude is highly valued by colleagues.”

Award sponsored by Embrace Finance 


Supporting Development and Learning in the Workplace Award

The Moving and Handling Team won the Supporting Development and Learning in the Workplace Award

The Moving and Handling Team

“The team has worked really hard and changed the way it delivers training, leading to improvements in our compliance rates for Moving and Handling training. This means that both our patients and staff are safer when moving and handling patients.”

Awardsponsored by Millbrook Healthcare


Team of the Year Award

Stroke Services won the Team of the Year Award

“Our Stroke Services have worked innovatively, introducing improvements which have had a positive impact on the quality of patient care. These changes have been met with enthusiasm and flexibility, meaning they have appeared seamless from a patient’s perspective.”

Stroke Services team

Award sponsored by Eastbourne Motoring Centre


Unsung heroes – Administration and Clerical category

Neil Fearn, Administrator won the Administration and Clerical category

Award collected by Katy Lyne

“Neil is kind, helpful and supportive, he takes pride in everything he does and is always going above and beyond, all the while with a smile on his face.”

Award sponsored by Big Hand


Unsung heroes – Allied Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Scientists category

Sarah Cocks, Histology Pathology Assistant won the Allied Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Scientists category

Sarah Cocks, Histology Pathology Assistant

“Sarah uses her initiative to do things that need to be done, her willingness to go above and beyond ultimately results in patients getting their treatment sooner.”

sponsored by idox Health


Unsung heroes – Estates and Facilities category

Sue Haffenden and Caroline Willis Ward Co-ordinators won the Estates and Facilities category

Sue Haffenden and Caroline Willis

“Improving the patient experience is at the forefront of everything Sue and Caroline do, they are always positive and are a pleasure to work with.”

Award sponsored by the Friends of Conquest Hospital


Unsung heroes – Healthcare Assistants category

Angela Riley, Bereavment Maternity Support Worker won the Healthcare Assistants category

Angela Riley, Bereavment Maternity Support Worker

“The nature of Angela’s work as a Bereavement Maternity Support Worker is highly sensitive and emotional, but she is always professional and respectful. She is a real star.”

Award sponsored by the Friends of the Hospital at Rye


Working in Partnership Award

Debi Wolf, Anatomical Pathology Technologist won the Working in Partnership Award

Debi Wolf, Anatomical Pathology Technologist

“Debi has gone above and beyond the call of duty on more than one occasion and as a representative of the Trust, demonstrates that we are a caring and understanding organisation. The passion and commitment she shows should be commended.”

Award sponsored by UNISON – www.southeast.unison.org.uk


Outstanding Contribution award

Two Outstanding Contribution towards East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Awards were presented:

Dr Justin Harris, Consultant Radiologist

Dr Justin Harris, Consultant Radiologist

“Dr Harris has been a leading light in the development of the new MRI Scanner Suite at Conquest Hospital. Thanks to the time and commitment he has devoted to the project, alongside his technical knowledge, he has become very well respected by the many donors, whose financial input has made the project a reality. He is a star and deserves this award just for being his energetic self.”


Outstanding Contribution award

Mr Raj Harshen, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Award collected by Debbie Discala and Naomi Cording

“Mr Harshen and his team have led the introduction of a new test which detects the presence of blood in a stool. ESHT is the first Trust in the country to introduce this and it is already resulting in cancer patients getting an earlier diagnosis. There were many challenges but Mr Harshen and his team have acted relentlessly and tirelessly to introduce this improvement to patient care”

Awards sponsored by E. H. Warford Jewellers


People’s Choice Award

Awarded to Pevensey Ward

Pevensey Ward

“My father sadly passed away on Pevensey Ward in March. All the staff who cared for him were absolutely brilliant, they not only looked after him but took great care of us all during this very difficult time. We cannot thank them enough and words don’t express our gratitude.”

Award ponsored by the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital


Chairman’s Award

The Chairman’s Award,  was presented to the Ambulatory Emergency Care Team at Eastbourne DGH

Ambulatory Emergency Care Team at Eastbourne DGH

“The team has developed their service over the past two years, introducing new ways of working and developing their own clinical skills. As a result, 30% of referrals to medicine now avoid the need for an overnight stay, which has helped to reduce wait times in A&E and reduce the number of patients requiring a bed, which we recognise improves patient outcomes.”

Award sponsored by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Funds.


Long service awards

Awards for 40 years of NHS service to Chin Barton, Choon Boyce, Jackie Dawson, Corinne Elliott, Barbara Gosden, Angie Hawley, Jan Humber, Janice Mead, Lorraine Neeson, David O’Connor, Bill O’Neill and Siew Owen.

Corinne Elliott, Barbara Gosden, Angie Hawley

Chin Barton, Choon Boyce, Jackie Dawson

Janice Mead, Lorraine Neeson, Jan Humber

David O’Connor, Bill O’Neill, Siew Owen


Other sponsors who helped make the event possible were: Anita’s Beauty Works, Cumberland Hotel, FunkyHampers.com, Hotters Shoes, JF Chambers Ltd, La Locanda Del Duca, Mytrustbenefits, Pomodoro e Mozzarella, Profile Hair and Beauty, Red Guava Benefits, Steve Christmas Life Planning Solutions, Tesco, The Cooden Beach Hotel and The Grand Hotel Eastbourne.