Our People Awards 2021

On Thursday 2 December we hosted our annual Our People Awards, celebrating the achievements of teams and colleagues from across Somerset FT.

There were over 300 nominations submitted, from which 27 finalists were selected and 9 winners were chosen by our judges.

The awards celebrate colleagues who go the extra mile to provide outstanding care to patients, and who make a special contribution to their team, role or work area. They highlight the teams that have worked together to make a real difference to the lives of others, and that have supported each other through the toughest of times and greatest of moments.

Congratulations to all our finalists – and a huge well done to our winners…

Inspirational Leader

Presented by our chief exec, Peter Lewis, this award goes to a leader that works with teams to make a real difference to patients & colleagues.

Clinical Team of the Year

Joint chief operating officer for hospitals, Matthew Bryant, presented the Clinical Team of the Year award – given to a clinical team that demonstrates their commitment to delivering outstanding care.

Clinical Colleague of the Year

The Clinical Colleague of the Year award was presented by our chief medical officer, Dan Meron, celebrating a clinical colleague who continues to go above and beyond to deliver person-centred care.

Non-Clinical Team of the Year

The Non-Clinical Team of the Year award was presented by our Director of Governance, Phil Brice. This award goes to a non-clinical team that consistently goes the extra mile to ensure we get it right for patients & colleagues.

Non-Clinical Colleague of the Year

Our Director of Finance, Pippa Moger, presented the Non-Clinical Colleague of the Year award – highlighting the achievements of a non-clinical colleague who has gone above and beyond.

Patient Champion

The Patient Champion award was presented by chief nurse, Hayley Peters, awarded to a colleague that puts patients at the heart of their decision making.

Quality Improvement & Innovation

David Shannon, our Director of Strategic Development, presented the Quality Improvement and Innovation award – given to an innovative approach that improves quality.

Volunteer of the Year

Our Chief Operating Officer Andy Heron presented the next award for Volunteer of the Year. We have so many amazing volunteers that help us across Somerset, but this person in-particular demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to our patients through their voluntary work.

Working Together

The Working Together award is given to a colleague or team that has worked together effectively across our services. Our Director of People, Bel Clements, presented this award.

Chair’s Award

The final award of the night was the Chair’s Award, presented by our Chairman Colin Drummond. This award is given to a colleague that has shown a truly outstanding commitment to Somerset Foundation Trust, and to the wider NHS.

The colleague chosen for this year’s award is looked up to as a role model for many colleagues, and has created an environment where colleagues can develop, and thrive. This person’s professionalism and pragmatism, nurturing nature and overall dedication to patient care is an inspiration to all of us.