Star porter John salutes a team effort after landing NHS prize

Date published: 21 November 2018

Members of NHS staff celebrated long into the night at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s inaugural Staff Awards evening held at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester, after learning they had won the public vote.

The Northern Care Alliance is one of the biggest NHS organisations in the country and brings together two Trusts, Salford Royal and Pennine Acute, which together employ over 17,000 doctors, nurses, midwives, porters, admin, clerical and other staff.

The Staff Awards celebrate and recognise the success and achievements of staff working across the group.

Sir David Dalton, Group Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance, said: “This is a highlight in our organisation’s calendar; a chance to celebrate success and recognise the exceptional efforts, contribution and achievements of colleagues at all levels across our hospitals, community and social care services.

"This event enables us to say “thank you” to individuals and teams who work across our Care Organisations and corporately across our Group.”

The Patients’ Choice Award, where nominations and winners were voted for by public members and the general public, were won by the following people:

Oldham - John Mushing, Porter, Pharmacy Department

Salford - Natalie Bancroft, Clinical Support Worker, Acute Neuro Unit (ANU)

Bury & Rochdale - Ward 8 Respiratory Unit Fairfield General Hospital

North Manchester - Louise McMahon, Sister, Emergency Department

Natalie Bancroft, Clinical Support Worker, ANU at Salford Royal

John Mushing, a Porter at the Pharmacy Department at the Royal Oldham said: “I would like to say thank you to all of my fellow porters and all the other staff I work with. I see this as a team effort.

"I would also like to thank all the public who voted for me.

"I always try to go above and beyond in my duties just like everyone else who works in the health service does.”

Around 1,200 staff and guests attended this year’s Staff Awards event from each of the Group’s four Care Organisations – Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale and North Manchester.

The event was fully funded by generous sponsors including, Brookson Direct, Carefoot Plc, Construction Impact Framework (CIF), Consort Healthcare (Salford) Plc, ENGIE, Genesis Automation, Hill Dickinson, NHS Professionals, Salary Finance and Vinci Construction UK.

The other award categories included Chief Executive’s Achievement Award, Chairman’s Unsung Hero Award, Research Worker/Team of the Year Award, Award for Clinical Excellence, Quality Improvement and Innovation Award, Allied Health Professional/Technical/Scientific/Social Worker of the Year Award, Doctor of the Year Award, Nurse or Midwife of the Year Award, Support Worker of the Year Award, Administration/Secretarial Worker of the Year Award, Leading by Example Award, Team of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.

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