IWL Award for Theatre Team

The Theatre 3 team at RCH are the latest winners of an Improving Working Lives (IWL) Team Award after vascular surgeon, Neil Hopper, highlighted the team’s outstanding response to a recent emergency.
As a result of Neil’s email to Chief Executive, Kathy Byrne, detailing how the team had worked on beyond their shift hours to save a life earlier this summer, Kathy was keen to see them recognised for their efforts and forwarded the email to the IWL Committee.

Visiting Theatres to present the IWL Award, Kathy acknowledged the team’s selfless dedication to patient care is frequently replicated, not only by the Theatre 3 team but colleagues across theatres. Kathy said, “The IWL Awards are an excellent opportunity to see the outstanding efforts of teams and individuals recognised and are made especially meaningful as it is their peers who are acknowledging that commitment.”

An extract from Neil Hopper’s email reads, “Recently, in Theatre 3, we operated on a very complex and risky patient. This patient required a total of 11 hours of surgery and the theatre staff in Theatre 3 volunteered to stay on past their allocated hours to make sure that the patient had complete continuity of care and also that the CEPOD theatre in Theatres 7 could continue dealing with other emergencies without interruption.

“I am proud to say that this patient got the best chance possible. The staff of the hospital voluntarily gave of their free time and definitely went the extra mile. It is clear to me that this patient would not have received better care in any hospital anywhere in the UK.”

One of the longstanding IWL initiatives, the ‘Thank You’ award presents a regular opportunity for members of staff to nominate a colleague or team who have demonstrated a level of care and compassion far beyond the call of duty, and in so doing improved the working lives of others at RCHT.

Thanking Kathy for coming along to present the Award, Theatre 3 colleagues were eager to add that it was not unusual for any of the theatre teams to work beyond their hours in order to provide life-saving care and they saw the award as acknowledgement of everyone’s commitment.

IWL Co-ordinator, Joani Miller, joined Kathy Byrne in presenting the Theatre 3 Team with a Nespresso Coffee Machine (with extra pods and teabags) for sharing with all their colleagues.

If you would like to nominate a fellow colleague or team for a future IWL ‘Thank You’ award, please email your suggestions to: rch-tr.IWL@nhs.net.

Added on October 26, 2017, in Award - Awards and Achievements / Surgical Services / Working for us