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No Masking WWL’s Staff’s Excellence!

Newsdate: 13 November 2014

It’s not often that WWL staff get the chance to dress up in their finery and go to a ball incognito. But that’s just what they did at this year’s staff recognition event. Wigan may not exactly be Venice, though it isn’t short of a few canals.
The award ceremony marked the eighth year of the special event for staff at WWL. The Recognising Excellence Awards, sponsored by the WRVS and hosted by WWL, was a ceremony of achievement in recognition of staff’s hard work, commitment and dedication in ensuring all our patients receive the best care every day.

A record number of nominations were again received from staff across the whole of the Trust. The impressive list of entries was submitted to a number of categories, demonstrating innovation and improvement to services for patients. This year a new category was introduced to reflect WWL’s community and partnership work and it received 14 nominations.  The winners were presented with glass trophies in recognition of their achievement. 

Almost 400 mysterious masked figures flitted about the beautifully decorated Fitness Lounge at the DW Stadium. They enjoyed a champagne reception, three course meal, live entertainment, raffle draw and a disco into the early hours of the evening.
The recipient of the winner of winner’s award, (the Foundation Trust Award) was from the Caring category “A pathway to success in reducing infection in women undergoing caesarean section”.

When presenting the trophy, Andrew Foster Chief Executive said “This initiative has significantly improved the quality of care given to mothers after childbirth, reducing infection rates and preventing re-admissions. At the same time it has improved the vitally-important early bonding experience of mother and baby immediately after birth.”

The accolade of Employee of the Year went to Porter, Dennis Murphy. This award is selected from the year’s Employee and Team of the Month winners. What makes this award so special is that the winners have all been nominated by and voted for by their peers. This year 50% of the vote was opened to a staff voting process.

In his summing up the Retired Chairman, Les Higgins commented “Dennis exhibits the values and behaviours of WWL every day. He has shown great dedication to the Trust. Winning this award demonstrations just how much Dennis has gone above and beyond the call of duty. His work with the bereavement group has given many patients who have died the dignity they deserve.”

Photographs from the event are available on WWL’s Facebook page, while a large number of Tweets which showed how the evening developed are available by searching for the hashtags #WWLREA and #WWL on Twitter.