The HPMA Excellence in HRM awards took place at The Westminster Park Plaza in London on Thursday 30 June, hosted by Jeannette Crisp. Over 470 guests gathered to celebrate the talented HR healthcare teams from across the UK.
Here is a summary of the winners:
Overall winner, sponsored by NHS Professionals, & Chamberlain Dunn Learning award for excellence in organisational development, sponsored by Chamberlain Dunn Learning
Helen Thomas, Deputy ESR Programme Director, Julie Rogers, WfIS Technology Enabled Learning Programme Manager, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
The ‘Once for Wales’ technology enabled learning (TEL) solution gives assurance to organisations that staff are competent and compliant with the required levels of knowledge to safely and efficiently deliver patient care whilst meeting service, quality and financial challenges. The judges praised the ethos of this project citing that there were clear patient outcomes and the project provide a role model for collaboration.
Capsticks award for innovation in HR
Sally Edwards, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Equalities Forum Theatre Group
The Equalities Forum Theatre Group is a new approach to understanding equality, diversity and inclusion which gets right to the core of the issues and engages the audience in a way never experience before. The theatre, made up of staff in clinical and non-clinical roles develop and act out scenarios based on real like experiences of discrimination, bias and stereotyping. This is a unique and innovative approach, the judges said, that there is clearly a lot of potential in many different areas.
Social Partnership Forum award for partnership working between employers and trade unions
Denyze Harris, Speech and Language Therapist, Dawn Dawson, Head of General Nursing and Patient Safety, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The See Something Say Something concept was created to empower staff to have conversations that challenge less than idea behaviours, but also praise and reinforce all of the positive behaviours. The areas that are using this project have seen a significant reduction in recruitment and retention difficulties, there has been a distinct change in working relationships between staff and management.
The Scottish Government Award for employee engagement
Yvonne Davies, HR Manager, John Simpson, Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI Division, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
This staff engagement programme focussed on making a number of small changes towards improved staff engagement. The Director of EFP got attendees at events to consider ‘the mum test’ in fulfilling their day-to-day roles i.e. how would individuals want their own mum treated throughout her patient journey.
Award for best use of ESR to support the NHS workforce agenda, sponsored by the NHS ESR programme
Nicola Fowler, HR Transformation Programme Manager, Lisa Sharp, Project Lead - NMC Revalidation, Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
At Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust they worked on a collaborative project between the nursing and HR directorates to implement an ESR appraisal module and self –service functionality to support the introduction of the NMC Revalidation guidelines. By using this solution the Trust has saved in the three year cycle for all nurses to revalidation approx. £105,696.
TMP Worldwide Award for excellence in HR Social Media
Dawn Williams, Occupational Health Senior Nurse Manager, Angharad Price, Deputy Head of Communications, ABM University Health Board
The ABMU staff flu campaign firmly based the flu experiences of health board staff at the centre of their campaign. The aim was for staff to encourage and promote the flu vaccination among their colleagues and in turn act as role models for patients and carers.
CIPD award for best improvement of HR capability in a team
Jenny Crighton, Strategic HR Business Partner, Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce
Over the past 18 months, the Mersey Care NHS Trust has undertaken a full review of the trust workforce function which has demonstrated substantial improvement in HR capability from a strategic and operational focus across all workforce services.
The Aston OD award for team-based working
Dusty Millar, Head of OD, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, Supporting Positive Improved Changes in Community Nursing
During 2015/16, 8 members of the OD and workforce tam have been undergoing a programme of development to improve their capability in the areas of coaching, consultancy and facilitation. These skills can be deployed in the Trust to support the delivery of the organisational strategic objectives and support a clinical leadership/management team.
The HSJ award for strategic approach to recruitment
Hazel Smith, Primary Care Development Lead, Karmini McCann, Workforce Business Partner, Kate North, Workforce Futures Manager, The NHS in Cumbria
Choose South Cumbria is a recruitment collaboration between NHS and private sector employers in the South Cumbria locality to promote the region as a place to live, work and play. The campaign was successful in bringing together key employers in the region which resulted in every vacancy including General Practice being advertised together. This has resulted in unprecedented recruitment activity for the NHS collaborative.
The CMP Resolutions ‘Courage to Manage’ Award
Ian Cromarty, Health and Safety Manager, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Stay Safe Campaign
The Stay Safe Campaign, led by Ian Cromarty, health and safety manager, and Tony Gent, deputy estates manager, helped create a Zero Harm environment which produced a reduction in minor injures and RIDDOR reportable injuries. The 2015 staff survey has also confirmed that since 2013 there has been a 4% improvement in errors/near misses/incidents that could hurt staff.
Academi Wales award for leadership development
Hazel Murgatroyd, Leadership and OD Manager, Fiona Sherburn, Deputy Director HR and OD, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
The engaging leaders programme at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is a high impact leadership programme which develops leadership competence, influences a positive culture shift to support delivery of quality services, promotes and supports wellbeing and resilience. As a result of strong event management all participants receive the right information at the right time which has resulted in high attendance (83-96%) and satisfaction levels.
HR director of the year award, sponsored by Harvey Nash
Kieran Donaghy, director of human resources and OD, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Kieran Donaghy has worked within Human Resources in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland for almost 40 years, has been a Director of HR for 26 years and since 2007 has held the post of Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. During the past year, the role of Deputy Chief Executive was added to his portfolio.
Deputy HR director of the year, sponsored by Mills & Reeve
Kerry Eldridge, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Kerry has been an instrumental figure in ensuring delivery of the transformation project at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. Alongside this project she was also the key driver behind a number of significant developments and changes within the Workforce and OD Team. Kerry’s passion for putting the patient first and improvement of services is evident at all times throughout her work.
HR team of the year, sponsored by The Welsh Government and NHS England
Claire Smyth, HR Business Partner, and Elaine O’Neill, Recruitment Manager, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
The HR Team at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust were put to the challenge under extremely demanding measures when a late political settlement on the budget in 2014 meant the Trust had to achieve a saving of £5m before March 2015. The team rose to these vast challenges and HR demonstrated exceptional team working to achieve every objective. The judges were impressed by the team’s response to significant change, showing high levels of resilience and collaboration.
President’s award for lifetime achievement, sponsored by DACBeachcroft
Pat Oakley, director, Practices made Perfect Ltd and teaching and research fellow, King’s College London
Pat has over 35 years’ health and public service experience in both operational and policy research and development areas. She has worked extensively with national policy makers and Trust boards in developing strategies to deliver affordable public services.