Exceptional Healthcare Awards 2018: Supporting Southmead Hospital

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

As we count down to our Excepitional Healthcare Awards, supported by Southmead Hospital Charity, we are celebrating the staff who have been shortlisted.

Today we are showcasing the nominees in the Supporting Southmead Hospital Award, which recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the trust through fundraising or volunteering

Emily Holloway, Communications Manager

Over the past few years Emily has volunteered hundreds of hours of her own time to prepare dances for fundraising for Southmead Hospital Charity. It is the energy, sense of community and joy that she has created that she should be recognised for.

This year Emily dedicated a huge amount of her time to ensure that Strictly Southmead was an amazing event, thoroughly enjoyed by staff, visitors and patients alike, and raised more than £8,000 for the charity appeal. Her patience, encouragement and positivity made the whole experience so enjoyable for all involved. She is a perfect example of #OneNBT and really has supported Southmead in so many ways. 

Pain management volunteer tutors

The team of volunteer tutors within the pain management service have become invaluable to the quality and effectiveness of our group programmes.

The members of the team are all former patients who have been participants in a group programme.  Due to their positive experience, they volunteered to co-facilitate/ support further programmes.  

They work alongside healthcare professionals, introducing strategies and skills to improve people’s lives with pain.

Our participant feedback is extremely positive, they often comment that it is something our volunteers have said that proves to be a turning point in their own coping. Their personal contributions are often humorous, sometimes very moving and always memorable. 

The shortlisted nominees in North Bristol NHS Trust's Supporting Southmead category of the Exceptional Healthcare Awards

Sarah Smith, Volunteer

Sarah is a volunteer who has been flourishing and making a real difference to patients, carers, teams and other volunteers. She has been assisting the dementia team putting together cognitive bundles and disseminating these and assists setting up the Memory Cafe every week.

Sarah was part of the first cohort of the Creative Companions, a group of volunteers who have gone through training to provide support to patients in Elgar House. More recently she has also provided a buddy role to support a new volunteer. Her care is instrumental in enhancing the quality of care that patients and carers receive.

Tara Iles, Matron

Tara is a super star! Tara is so enthusiastic in everything she does and is very passionate and patient-centred.

This is shown when it comes to fundraising for Southmead Charity, with Tara (and her lovely parents) making a huge number of cakes and jam to sell on the bake sales. A fantastic effort!