THE amazing achievements of staff at The Walton Centre have been celebrated at the Walton’s Winter Wonderland Staff Awards. The awards ceremony, which is held every year, awards staff at the hospital in nine different categories including Patient Experience and for Improving Quality. The final award, The Pride of Walton, is decided on by the audience on the night and chosen out of all the category winners, with this year’s award going to ISS cleaner Diane Boyle. Diane, who is a cleaner in the Radiology Department, was delighted to pick up the top award after receiving the most votes. She said: “In February I will have worked at The Walton Centre for 45 years. I came over from the old hospital in Walton. “It feels absolutely fantastic to win. I just can’t believe it.” Diane said she has seen many changes during her four-and-half decades of service, adding: “The hospital is much bigger now and far more modern.” Diane received several nominations which led to her winning her category ‘The ISS Award’. One nominee said that Diane takes ‘immense pride’ in ensuring that Radiology is kept clean, but also mentioned her supportive nature, her high standard of work and dedication to The Walton Centre. The nominations said she was an asset to the Radiology department. The Staff Awards ceremony is an opportunity to thank staff and let them know how much their dedication is valued by the Trust and by the patients themselves. This year’s awards opened up to nominations from patients, visitors and the public for the first time. Chief Executive Chris Harrop said: “The Staff Awards event is one of the highlights of our year. We always try to make sure our staff know how much we appreciate the effort they put in every day. They go above and beyond. The Awards is an extension of this. They deserve this moment to sit back and really acknowledge their amazing work.” This year’s awards saw over 235 entries received across nine categories. LIST OF AWARD WINNERS Patient Experience Award Sara Lawton, Accommodation and Patient Experience Officer Sara was awarded for showing compassion in supporting patients and their families. Improving Quality Award Kerry Mutch, Neuromyelitis Optica Nurse Practitioner Kerry, who is the first NMO nurse in the world, was recognised for her outstanding dedication to her work. Best Contribution to Learning Award Helen Jackson and Joe Towell, Nurse Revalidation Team These staff members were rewarded for their work supporting nurses through the revalidation process. Bright Ideas Research Award Suzanne Simpson, Occupational Therapist Suzanne was awarded for her dedication to research, having invented a new screening tool for patients. The ISS Award Diane Boyle, Domestic Assistant Diane was recognised for more than 45 years of service and her ‘can-do’ approach to work Best Support Team Award The Neuroscience Laboratories The team was awarded UKAS accreditation – a quality mark which is internally recognised. Employee of the Year Award Lee Smith, Staff Nurse, Cairns Ward Lee was recognised for his caring manner and positive attitude. Team of the Year Therapies Team The team was awarded for their incredible enthusiasm in their approach to patient care. Good Catch Award Joanne Sloane, Staff Nurse, CRU Joanne helped two patients in difficulty, deservedly earning her the Good Catch Award.