Commitment of Western Trust Staff Celebrated


Commitment of Western Trust Staff CelebratedWestern Trust staff were recognised this week at the Trust’s special recognition awards ceremony. The ceremony, held in Londonderry, celebrated the huge contribution staff make to the delivery of health and care services in the Western Trust area.

The Western Trust Staff Recognition Awards were hosted by the Chairman of the Western Trust, Niall Birthistle and Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen.

Special guest at the ceremony, Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health, presented the awards and paid tribute to the vital role played by health and social care staff in the West. He said: “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the dedication and commitment of health and social care staff in the Western Trust area. During my time as Permanent Secretary I have had the privilege of visiting many health and social care settings including the official opening of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex last week and have seen  first hand the dedication and commitment of our exceptional HSC staff, who go the extra mile in providing care and support in their local communities.”

There were eight award categories in total, including Patient Centred Health and Wellbeing; Giving Every Child the Best Start in Life; Engaged Workforce; Modern Environments; Valuing Every Person; Financial Sustainability and Collaborative Working.  A new category was the Lifetime Achievement award which recognises the long term commitment and dedication of staff and the coveted overall Chairman’s award.  Individuals and teams were nominated by their colleagues and were recognised for being innovative and for their exceptional contribution to improving services across health and social care services in the West.

Western Trust Chairman, Niall Birthistle, congratulated all the award winners.  He said: “It was great occasion allowing us to come together and recognise our fantastic staff.  As we all know, staff are the Trust’s greatest asset and many of them often go beyond what is expected of them, sometimes in challenging and difficult circumstances.

“The Staff Recognition Awards reflect our core values. They are a great opportunity to acknowledge our staff and how they play an integral role in the delivery of high quality patient-centred services to our clients and patients.  The winners and those highly commended represent all that is good about health and social care in this area. This is a day to be exceptionally proud of the calibre of people that we have working for our Trust and to celebrate the real difference they make to the lives of others.”

Dr Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive of the Western Trust, said:  “During my first year as Chief Executive, I have met with many staff across the Western Trust area and I am truly honoured to see and hear at first-hand how they strive every day to provide exceptional care and support for our patients and clients.”

She added: “As the NHS approaches its 70th Birthday the Trust’s Staff Recognition Awards are an opportunity to publicly recognise some of the outstanding individuals and teams who work at the Trust and give life to one commitment to making the Western Trust a great place to work.”

The Chairman thanked the Permanent Secretary for attending the ceremony and helping make this a very special day for all those staff who were shortlisted and those who won an award.