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UHNM's A Night Full of Stars staff awards are back and will be taking place on Friday 6 September 2024.

Every year we highlight, honour and celebrate individuals across our organisation who have been nominated by their colleagues for going the extra mile to make a real difference to our patients, their families and our organisation. 

Nominations are now open and we invite you to get involved and nominate a staff member or team who you believe should be recognised for their hard work and dedication. 

Follow the event on our Facebook and Twitter pages on the night @UHNM_NHS. #UHNMStars 

Unsure on what to write? This year you can submit a video submission by emailing: staffexperience@uhnm.nhs.uk

Please keep any video nominations to 2 minutes maximum. 

Don't forget to mention how they demonstrated the Trust values and how they meet the criteria of the chosen category.

1. Read the criteria for the category you have chosen and try to cover all areas in your nomination form. 

2. Make sure you say what the nominee did (e.g, projects, activities, initiatives) that are above and beyond the person’s job description, giving specific examples. Then think about how did they do it?

  • Initiative and/or leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and/or innovation
  • Behaviours and/or attitudes

What were the results and/or impact?

  • What did the nominee’s efforts accomplish?
  • What does this mean for UHNM?

3. Use emotive language to describe the difference the person made, the value of what they did and how it made you and or the team feel.

This year individuals and teams have the opportunity to nominate themselves to showcase their hard work and dedication. 

The categories are...

This award is to recognise an inspirational leader who helps to create a sense of belonging, leads with compassion, actively promotes and contributes to an inclusive environment by championing inclusion and role models our organisational values.  They will have evidence of using initiative, enthusiasm and dedication in promoting the work of colleagues and inspiring others by being a positive advocate for the Trust.

They will be an outstanding leader renowned for putting quality of care at the heart of service delivery and making a difference to both patient and employee experience.

This individual does not have to be in a management role. The nominee’s contributions should be above and beyond the everyday and have had a long lasting impact whilst ensuring we work collaboratively with all partners both internal and external.

Submissions should consider the following elements:

  • What achievements / impact has the Leader contributed to during the past year
  • Research and Innovation – is ahead of the field in ideas and practices and takes an inclusive approach across all staff groups
  • Impact – makes a tangible contribution to the organisation
  • Credibility – demonstrates personal credibility within the organisation

This award will be presented to an individual or team that has demonstrated exceptional innovation in their work or creative thinking to develop/improve services to ensure they are improved for our patients. Their improvement initiative will have made a difference to patients, either directly or behind the scenes, or made team-working more effective for service delivery. 

It will contribute to the delivery of the Trust Strategic Priorities (Strategic Planning Framework | University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust ) and therefore the Trust Vision of Delivering Exceptional Care with Exceptional People.  Using research, partnership working, pathway or role changes, or by introducing new routines and systems, their work will have delivered evidenced change in the data that describes the service/work of the team.  

Submissions should consider the following elements:

  • Alignment to the Trust Strategic Priorities
  • Demonstrating a data driven approach
  • Co-creation with key stakeholders
  • Evidence of impact
  • Improving Together

This award is to recognise an individual or a team who through living our values and behaviours creates an engaging and inclusive culture to significantly improve the health and wellbeing of their colleagues and/or patients and creates UHNM a great place to work. They must ensure they put kindness and respect at the heart of how they work with colleagues and patients and they create a respectful, inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and enabled to bring their best version of themselves to work.

This individual or team will have gone above and beyond to showcase how they create an environment that builds kindness and respect into everything they do and everything we ask of our teams.

Submissions should consider the following elements:

  • Ensuring that nobody is excluded
  • Evidence on how the individual or team has created an environment that builds kindness and respect
  • Evidence how the team/individual has recognised that we should all feel able to be our true selves at work and can create an environment where everyone can flourish
  • Evidence of impact

This award recognises a clinical team who work flexibly and collaboratively, with a ‘can do’ approach to overcome barriers. Having the ability to attract and develop excellent people whilst showcasing a culture which truly reflect our values and ensures an approach that fosters team growth and flexibility. Within this team they maintain a sense of belonging and ensure that all team members have a voice that counts whilst delivering a positive team and patient experience alongside ensuring exceptional performance and service delivery. Evidencing the effective use of individual strengths within the team and ensuring that diversity of thought is actively sought and encouraged. 

The team will continually demonstrate their commitment to providing exceptional levels of patient care while making UHNM a great place to work for everyone.

This award recognises a non-clinical team who work flexibly and collaboratively, with a ‘can do’ approach to overcome barriers. Having the ability to attract and develop excellent people whilst showcasing a culture which truly reflects our values and ensures an approach that fosters team growth and flexibility. Within this team they maintain a sense of belonging and ensure that all team members have a voice that counts while delivering a positive team and patient experience alongside exceptional performance and service delivery. Evidencing the effective use of individual strengths within the team and ensuring that diversity of thought is actively sought and encouraged.

The team will continually demonstrate their commitment to providing an exceptional service while making UHNM a great place to work for everyone.

Submissions should consider the following elements

  • How has the team contributed to the measurement and achievement of corporate objectives?
  • How does the team demonstrate good leadership skills and excellent team working?
  • How the team have showcased innovative or creative working that has enabled the team to reach exceptional performance levels and provide excellent service.
  • Evidence of impact

This award celebrates the individual or team that have made an outstanding contribution in supporting the work of the UHNM Charity

This award recognises a volunteer or voluntary team who have worked tirelessly and have generously given their free time, enthusiasm and energy to help improve NHS services, facilities and support to patients, visitors and their families.

This award is to recognise an individual who continues to substantially grow in their role or placement, showing drive and enthusiasm whilst role modelling our Trust values and behaviours. The rising star will be making a significant contribution to their development as well as showing initiative in supporting improvements to their area of work.  They will approach their work with the excitement that inspires themselves and others around them.

Submissions should consider the following elements:

  • How the individual has developed themselves to be a great role model of our Trust values and behaviours
  • Evidence of how they have respected and valued other people’s views, experiences, skills and role in all that they do
  • Evidence of impact

This award is to recognise an individual who continues to substantially grow in their role or placement, showing drive and enthusiasm whilst role modelling our Trust values and behaviours. The rising star will be making a significant contribution to their development as well as showing initiative in supporting improvements to their area of work.  They will approach their work with the excitement that inspires themselves and others around them.

Submissions should consider the following elements:

  • How the individual has developed themselves to be a great role model of our Trust values and behaviours
  • Evidence of how they have respected and valued other people’s views, experiences, skills and role in all that they do
  • Evidence of impact

This award is to recognise an individual who continues to substantially grow in their role or placement, showing drive and enthusiasm whilst role modelling our Trust values and behaviours. The rising star will be making a significant contribution to their development as well as showing initiative in supporting improvements to their area of work.  They will approach their work with the excitement that inspires themselves and others around them.

Submissions should consider the following elements:

  • How the individual has developed themselves to be a great role model of our Trust values and behaviours
  • Evidence of how they have respected and valued other people’s views, experiences, skills and role in all that they do
  • Evidence of impact

Our awards sponsors

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in providing higher education opportunities to students within the UK and overseas. Currently with a global network of over 15,000 staff and students from its main campus in Stoke-on-Trent, Centre of Excellence for healthcare in Stafford, Digital Institute in London, and partnership colleges and centres over the world.

Digitally led and focused on graduate employability, the University provides high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate education in healthcare, providing work experience and producing the next generation of nurses, carers and healthcare professionals. The institution does not limit itself to healthcare, offering a vast number of courses across a wide range of subject areas including computing, design, law, and business, engineering and science. What’s more, if their current portfolio isn’t diverse enough, new and industry-relevant courses launch every year – with new and exciting ways to study, such as their brand-new range of pathway courses, where students have the choice to tailor their own degrees while studying.

Staffordshire University has a long-standing partnership with the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UNHM) NHS trust, constantly connecting innovative and aspiring students to apprenticeships and work placements across multiple disciplines, including management, midwifery and nursing. The institution enjoys a senior level relationship with executive members of both UHNM and Staffordshire University, enabling the alignment of working strategies and goals for the benefit of students, staff and the general public.

The institution prides itself on being The Connected University, connecting students with staff, business and career opportunities. As a result of their commitment to constant improvement, they have been named among the top 15 institutions in the UK for both Teaching Quality and Social Inclusion in the Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. Academic staff are constantly contributing to world leading research too, which has led to the University breaking into the top 1000 institutions in the World University Rankings 2019.

Graduate employability is at the forefront of the University’s objectives. All courses provide the opportunity for relevant work-placement, and students can benefit from a vast network of professional connections from academic staff and alumni alike.

The Stoke-on-Trent campus is constantly improving, with over £100m invested in facilities and new buildings in recent years. That’s not all; healthcare students benefit from a dedicated Centre of Excellence in Stafford. So, no matter where their work placements are based, they’re never too far away from high-quality teaching support.

Students get the chance to practise in professional environments such as the £1.3m facility-packed Smart Zone, clinical simulation suites, analytical centres and paramedic training facilities. There’s serious investment in the University’s future for students to take advantage of too, with a £30m Science Centre, updated learning areas in the brand-new Beacon building, and many more innovative additions to their campus.

So, not only do students leave the University with new knowledge and skills, but they leave with professional connections and life experiences that make them ultra-employable in the real world.

Find out more at www.staffs.ac.uk

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