Exceptional Healthcare Awards 2018: Unsung Hero

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Tomorrow (Friday, November 9) we will celebrate the achievements of some of our staff in our Exceptional Healthcare Awards, supported by Southmead Hospital Charity, and ahead of the ceremony we have been sharing details of our shortlisted nominees. 

Today we are showcasing our staff who are up for the Unsung Hero award, which recognises an individual who has gone the extra mile and has shown effort and commitment to the job over and above what is expected.

Here are the nominations:

Jimmy Reeves,  Healthcare Assistant

Jimmy is incredibly motivated and passionate about patient care.

He is constantly looking to make improvements on ward 8b, is involved with Positive Incident Management (PIMs), regularly undertakes audits and strives for excellence whenever he is on duty.

Jimmy constantly works for the good of others, for example when he recently came in on a day off to fulfil a patient’s wish to feel the sun on her face for the last time. Wheeling her outside, he even brought an umbrella to shade from the sun and chairs for the patient’s family. He is an inspiring member of staff who is a real credit to the profession. 

Salah Al-Buheissi, Consultant Clinical Lead for Urology

Salah leads the urology service by example with an evangelistic zeal.

As urology training lead, he helped to transform the programme from one that was previously unpopular with trainees to one that received European recognition and excellent feedback. 

Salah has pioneered the service development for some difficult to treat and rare cancers, improving treatment. Patient care and waiting times have also improved under his watch, as have interactions between different types of staff.

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

Sarah Lapham, Major Trauma Administrator

An indispensable and greatly-loved “mum” of the Major Trauma Network, Sarah is always there to support colleagues and she regularly runs team BBQs, fun days and evenings out.

She continues to give 100 per cent effort and work longer hours to ensure that every shift is filled and the training programme runs to a high standard. She even raised significant charitable funds through her local caravan club to help set up a bereavement service for families.

Vijay Korwar, Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgeon

Vijay a kind and lovely man who is extremely well liked by colleagues of all grades and professions. He has worked tirelessly for NBT over the past 12 months, initially as a very active locum with UGI surgery and more recently as a colorectal surgeon.

He is widely known for being extremely supportive of junior members of the team, always taking the time out to teach and solve problems. He also notably steps in to work at a moment’s notice when the team is short. He is always calm, considerate and smiling.