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Hospices reap local and national awards

Author: Leila Hawkins
08 June 2018
  • Sue Plummer
  • The Myton Hospices team

Hospices up and down the UK have been recognised for their work in the local communities and for investing in their workforce.

St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby has won the ‘Community Excellence’ award at the North Lincolnshire Business Awards, a prestigious local business community prize run by the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The award was given in recognition that “the hospice recognises that ‘community’ is not simply a geographic term but encompasses a range of socio-economic factors including income, education, age and ethnicity. As such it has a range of explicit activities and planned work strands designed to create engagement and broader activity throughout the region."

The judging panel continued: "The hospice staff proactively seek opportunities to work with outside organisations such as Rotary, Lions, WI and Chamber. Since the ‘new build’ was completed in 2015 the hospice has actively encouraged an open door invitation to the local community in order to raise awareness of its services. “

Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth was honoured at Hertfordshire’s Comet Community Awards. The awards are given each year to people who have contributed time and efforts to the improvement of the local community.

CEO Sue Plummer won the Service to the Community Award, recognising her drive and commitment to improving and further developing the hospice and its services, as well as representing palliative care at a national level. As well as driving collaboration with other organisations with the aim of improving care for patients, she has her own volunteer commitments for another charity outside of working at the hospice.

A second award went to Kerry Duggan, who was named Charity Champion for her efforts as an external fundraiser. Kerry has raised over £34,000 for various charities including Garden House Hospice Care through an annual bike ride she has organised since she was 16 years old.

In addition Chairman John Procter was a finalist in the Lifetime Achievement category, and Christine Johnson, Senior Sister on the Inpatient Unit, was a finalist in the Nurse/Care worker of the Year category.

The Myton Hospices have been recognised by Investors in People for showcasing the very best in people management. Investors in People is renowned across the world as the standard for defining leadership, support and management of staff to get the best results.

Their assessment of Myton found the charity to be inclusive and engaged with staff and volunteers, with a great focus on delivering high performance. Nearly all the staff interviewed indicated that Myton was a good or great place to work. The main reason was the difference they could make for patients and their families dealing with terminal illness. For many, the support and camaraderie of their colleagues was a significant factor.

Upon receiving the accolade, Director of Human Resources  Geoffrey Etule said:

“We are delighted the IiP Assessor commented on the open and honest conversations held with interviewees, which ensured the findings are both detailed and valid. As a values-driven employer, we are determined to build on our IiP accreditation and maintain our good people management and HR practices over the coming years. At Myton, as well as caring for and supporting patients and their families, we also strive to look after our staff and volunteers. The Investors in People accreditation and Standard will help provide guidance so we can continue to develop this.”

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