Top awards for Royal Lancaster Infirmary health heroes

Dr Andrew Walsh picked up the Learner of the Year award from UHMBTs Associate Director of Corporate Affairs, Phil Woodford. Picture by Steven Barber stevenbarber.co.uk.
Dr Andrew Walsh picked up the Learner of the Year award from UHMBTs Associate Director of Corporate Affairs, Phil Woodford. Picture by Steven Barber stevenbarber.co.uk.

Staff, volunteers, governors and fundraisers from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), which runs the RLI, hosted its annual ‘Your Health Heroes Awards’ at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

The awards honours those on the frontline of hospital life and those hard at work behind the scenes.

Winners were announced in 14 categories during the ceremony with individual staff members and teams from the RLI taking home three of the top awards, including: ‘Star of the Year’, ‘Learner of the Year’ and ‘Registered professional of the Year.’ Jackie Daniel, UHMBT’s chief executive, said: “It’s important that we stop and pay tribute to those we work with and say thank you and formally recognise the achievements of all our staff, governors, volunteers and fundraisers.

“What makes these awards so special is that they are nominated by patients, members of the public and work colleagues. That in itself is a great accolade for the work that goes on every day, right across our hospitals.

“We’d like to thank everyone who attended the awards ceremony and also those finalists that couldn’t make it. They are a real credit to the trust and we can’t thank them enough for all they do. We hope these awards make them feel proud for playing their part in the future of our hospitals.

“Well done to everyone who was nominated, regardless of whether or not they received the winner’s award – all very much deserved.”

Anne Boyle, head of breast unit at RLI has been named as UHMBT’s ‘Registered Professional of the Year’. Anne has worked tirelessly to lead the Breast Unit at the RLI through challenging times.

As well as supporting the team, Anne has implemented new developments and procedures which have improved the quality of service to RLI’s patients.

Dr Andrew Walsh, a foundation Trainee from the RLI who works across UHMBT hospitals picked up the ‘Learner of the Year’ award.

Dr Walsh has quickly mastered the art of compassionate care.

The winner of the ‘Star of the Year’ award was Jimmy Earnshaw, who works as a domestic at the RLI. Jimmy was chosen due to the example he sets to his colleagues.