A night at the OSCARS for healthcare angels

NIGHT TO REMEMBER -- Sarah and Lisa receive their awards from Prof Mike Cooke (left), chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare
NIGHT TO REMEMBER -- Sarah and Lisa receive their awards from Prof Mike Cooke (left), chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare
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HEALTHCARE heroes, based at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell, have been honoured at an OSCARS awards ceremony.

The annual Outstanding Service Contribution And Recognition Scheme (OSCARS) is held to recognise and reward those who have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality health services.

The Nottinghamshire specialist epilepsy and learning disability team, which is run out of Highbury, scooped one of the top prizes — the ‘Team Of The Year Clinical Award’.

The team has launched new services for patients with epilepsy and learning difficulties and created partnerships with other health organisations. It also runs specialist clinics throughout Nottinghamshire, including three a month at Highbury on Highbury Road.

Its aim is to provide better access to treatment. A programme of training for healthcare workers has improved the service to patients and carers.

Professor Mike Cooke, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, which runs the OSCARS, said: “The awards were a fantastic evening of celebration.

“The continuing economic problems cannot have escaped anyone, and we know that some organisations have felt that they should cancel events such as the OSCARS.

“However we believe that, at times like this, it is even more important to recognise and thank our staff and volunteers for the tremendous contribution they make.

“Their hard work is truly valued and makes a real difference to everyone who uses our services.”

In total, nine awards were presented at the OSCARS, which were held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Almost 130 nominations were made by staff, service users and carers, with 36 individuals and teams shortlisted as finalists.