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The eight monthly award categories are described below, giving clear examples of previous winners and how the categories can be interpreted. Each section also shows the scoring criteria that will be used - this will help you fine-tune your nomination.
If you require any further guidance, please contact us on 01202 277085. We will be pleased to help you select a category for your nomination.
Monthly winners for the eight categories are automatically put forward for the annual awards. There are five additional categories for the annual awards also listed below. Information about annual award nominations and event.
Individuals or teams who recognise that everyone plays a vital part within Dorset HealthCare. They are always approachable, open minded and non-judgmental. They value each person as an individual, actively listening and seeking to understand individual priorities, needs, abilities, and limits.
Individuals or teams who show an exemplary commitment to quality of care through learning from mistakes, patient safety initiatives and ensuring that the highest quality of care is achieved every day. Quality of care is demonstrated through clinical effectiveness and patient experience, or through provision of quality services in non-clinical disciplines.
An individual award for staff who search for the things they can do, however small, to give comfort and relieve suffering. Staff who find time for patients, carers, families, colleagues and work alongside them. They do not wait to be asked, because they care.
Individuals and teams who strive to improve health and wellbeing and people’s experiences of the NHS. This may be demonstrated through clinical practice, service improvements, use of feedback or innovation.
This category is a partnership or team award where a group consistently support one another to achieve great things, in line with the organisation's goals. They continuously seek to improve their service and make a real difference to the people they come into contact with. Teams may be from a clinical or non-clinical specialism.
Individuals or teams who actively engage different teams and people, to get their ideas and input on possible changes, ensuring everyone's views and ideas are taken into consideration. They treat everyone as individuals and strive to help anyone who needs it, ensuring that no-one is excluded.
An individual or team, who relishes and seeks out opportunities to learn and develop, has shown dedication and determination in their learning, and uses their learning to improve service delivery. This category could recognise either mentors, learners, or students, or could be in recognition of research or learning from events, performance measures or national guidance.
This award is for individuals who demonstrate reliability, commitment and continuing excellence at work. They are flexible and learn the ropes in each new assignment quickly. They are able to carry out tasks effectively, despite the short term nature of their role. They are individuals who go above and beyond what is expected of them every day they work at Dorset HealthCare and wherever their placement may take them.
This award recognises the team who has gone the extra mile to consistently deliver an outstanding service throughout the year.
This award recognises individuals who demonstrate highly effective and valued leadership or management of their team. This is for individuals who are an inspiration to others. They are outstanding in their role, lead by example and act with professionalism and integrity at all times. They are also approachable and supportive to colleagues and inspire them to develop and improve the services we provide.
This category recognises individuals who work tirelessly and generously give their time, enthusiasm and energy to help improve NHS services by supporting patients, visitors and their families.
This award recognises individuals who have made an ongoing and outstanding contribution to Dorset HealthCare. These individuals could be our unsung heroes who always put their heart and soul into their work but rarely are recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the organisation. This award could also recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the national or international health agenda through research, best practice, innovative practices, development of a new service.
This award recognises a person or team that uses great engagement that’s led to great outcomes. For example, working with volunteers, supporting carers, using a co-production approach to improve patient experience, using the views of patients to help improve your service.