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The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Proud Awards 2021

24 Nov 2021 10:49:35
Proud Collage

Colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust had cause for celebration on Friday as they enjoyed their annual Proud Awards. 

The awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the individuals and teams within the Trust who consistently go over and above to deliver outstanding care and support to patients and colleagues. 

The ceremony was virtual this year but that didn’t stop the fun! There were messages of support from celebrities including, Reverend Kate Bottley, singer Tom Grennan, footballer Fabrice Muamba, former S Club 7 singer Jo O’Meara, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling, IBF Heavyweight Boxing Champion Kash Ali, Reverend and the Makers frontman John McClure, and songwriter Eliot Kennedy. 

Dixie, of Heart FM, kept the audience laughing in his role as host and local talent provided the entertainment thanks to songs from the Trust’s very own Derek Stowe and Jade Elvin, as well as Hill House School’s Senior Ensemble. 

Trust mascot, Dr Ted, was doing his bit for The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity with his ‘Ted-ercise’ challenge, exercising non-stop throughout the awards ceremony. Viewers very kindly sponsored him via the charity JustGiving page, raising funds for the refurbishment of the children’s ward outdoor play area. 

Dr Richard Jenkins, Interim Chief Executive of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Proud Awards were a huge success and it was wonderful to be able to honour colleagues for their incredible work and dedication over the last twelve months. Thank you to everybody who took the time to nominate or be a part of the ceremony.”

2021 Proud Award Winners

Values Award
  • Tony Bennett – Security
Governor’s Award for Outstanding Colleagues
  • Sheron Ducker – Therapy Services
Safe and Sound Award
  • Security and Children’s Ward
Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Paul Stewart and Gail Smith - Medicine
  Innovation and Improvement Award
  • Hip and Knee School
Clinical Team of the Year
  • Supportive / Palliative Care Team
Non-Clinical Team of the Year
  • Isolation and Curtain Team
Public Recognition Award
  • John Brammer - Theatres
  Inspiring Leader Award
  • Sarah Newbold – Staff Engagement
Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Claire Wilson - Estates
Unsung Hero Award
  • Lisa Kerry - Stroke
Chief Executive’s Award
  • Critical Care
Chairman’s Award
  • Maternity


There was also special recognition for Thunder the Therapy Dog who is a regular visitor to Rotherham Hospital and brings joy to staff and patients with his kind, calm and loving nature. 

Nominations came via colleagues from the Trust, with the exception of the Public Recognition Award, for which nominations came from patients and families. The nominations then went to a shortlisting panel who had the very difficult job of deciding who went through to the final round. 

Winner of the Public Recognition Award, John Brammer, said: “It’s really special to have your hard work recognised and I would like to thank those that have taken the time to put my name forward for the public recognition award this year. I wasn't able to do it alone though, my team are very supportive and deserve the recognition too. It’s been a very difficult 18 months, and everyone has been working differently and out of their comfort zone, I feel everyone deserves a big thank you.”

Teams, nominees, colleagues and families tuned in to the Trust’s YouTube channel to cheer for each other and celebrate as the winners were announced.