Awards ceremony honours hard-working Horton hospital staff

The Horton hip fracture team that won clinical team of the year. Photo: OUH
The Horton hip fracture team that won clinical team of the year. Photo: OUH

Hard-working staff from the Horton General Hospital were among those honoured for their achievements at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday (December 5).

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Staff Recognition Awards ceremony at Oxford Town Hall was attended by 265 staff, volunteers, and fundraisers.

The estates department collect the patients' choice award. Photo: OUH

The estates department collect the patients' choice award. Photo: OUH

The Horton’s hip fracture team won the clinical team of the year award.

Named as the best in the country for the treatment of patients with hip fractures, the Banbury hospital has been in the top five performing hospitals for this service for several years.

Dr Angela Kannan, clinical lead for the Horton trauma team, said: “I’m so pleased the team have won this award.

"Over the past few years, they’ve improved the treatment of patients with hip fractures beyond all recognition.

Trust chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott makes a speech at the awards ceremony. Photo: OUH

Trust chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott makes a speech at the awards ceremony. Photo: OUH

“This award reflects the expertise and commitment of all our team who are consistently providing excellent treatment from a patient’s arrival in our emergency department, all the way through to surgery and ward care.”

The ceremony - which was supported by Oxford Hospitals Charity - was hosted by BBC Oxford’s Geraldine Peers and winners were picked from over 1,000 nominations by a panel of staff and patients.

There was a moving tribute to former Horton nurse Dayle Kinch as her family were presented with the chairman’s award.

Dayle worked for the trust for nearly 40 years, most of which were based at the Horton as an infection control nurse.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, Dayle rallied her family, friends, and the community in an ambitious fundraising campaign to help other patients going through cancer – particularly those looked after at the Horton’s Brodey Centre.

Dayle and her family raised an astonishing £20,000, which bought two cooling caps for the unit.

These are used during chemotherapy to minimise hair loss, a side effect that can deeply affect cancer patients.

Dayle died in July this year, and made it clear to her family and friends that they continue their quest to fundraise in her memory.

Christine Kinch, Dayle’s sister-in-law, said: “It was a true honour to receive this award for Dayle.

"During the last four years, she lived graciously and courageously with cancer and it was her wish that, following on from the successful fundraising for the Brodey Centre, her loved ones keep raising money to fund extra training for the infection control team.

“Dayle knew that teams like infection control are quite behind the scenes, and don’t tend to get many donations from the public.

"But she also knew how central they actually are to hospitals, and how dedicated the teams are.”

The trust's estates department, including staff from the Horton, scooped the patients’ choice award for their dedication and daily efforts to keep our hospital buildings running smoothly.

The award builds on the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management Award for 'estates team of the year' they won in October.

Mark Neal, interim director of estates, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled the team have won this award.

They’re incredibly special – they’re behind the scenes every day of the year, at weekends, and overnight.

"They’re the people who keep the lights on, keep the heating going, and work away in the background to keep everything ticking along.

“During last year’s snowy weather, the estates team volunteered to get to work at 4am to shovel snow and ice and make sure the hospitals were accessible for everybody.”

The evening closed with chief executive Dr Bruno Holthof thanking winners and nominators for their hard work, support and dedication – and a reminder that hardworking staff were looking after patients as the ceremony went on.

For a full list of winners and more photos of the ceremony, visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/staff-recognition