The winners of HEFMA's 2022 awards were announced last night at an awards dinner during the National Leadership Forum. After a gruelling two years it was fantastic to be able to recognise the hard work and achievements of estates and facilities teams and individuals across the country in person. We had some truly inspiring nominations and everyone who was nominated or shortlisted should feel very proud.
Awards were made across six categories:
• Efficiency & Improvement
• Leader of the Year
• People Development
• Personal Development
• Project of the Year
• Team of the Year
A seventh Award of Special Merit was also made.
Read on, for the detail of our winners:
Efficiency & Improvement
Andrew Hill, Energy & Sustainability Manager (and the Estates & Facilities Team), Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
This project set out to improve the Trust’s understanding of how energy is used across its sites, block-by-block, building-by-building, so it could identify high-use areas where savings might be made. The team researched solutions and opted for an Energy Management System (EMS) to enable them to capture DNO remote reads, sub metering data and provide an app-based solution for recording manual meter reads automatically and in real time. The project contributes to the Trust’s Green Plan and will help it to become net zero.
Andy Roberts, Head of Capital Projects (and the Estates & Capital Team), The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow
Jemma Robinson, Facilities Operational Manager (and the PEAT Team), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Leader of the Year
Paul Birch, Estates & Facilities Manager, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Paul has a vision that the patient journey and the care they receive is paramount to promoting the excellence of NHS services – from catering and cleaning to clinical services – from the moment they walk through the door until they leave. He ensures standards are maintained to exemplary in all areas of the hospital. When sickness and Covid recently depleted the number of porters available, Paul took on portering tasks himself to maintain services. He is approachable and knowledgeable, and nurtures and encourages creativity and collaboration.
Jackie Bunn, Facilities Team Manager, Herefordshire & Worcestershire NHS Health & Care Trust
Jenni Doman, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Andrew Rodgers, Senior Estates Operations Manager, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Andy has led the development of a dedicated pathway for the entire team, from Band 2 up to Band 9, building a structure that has since been used to identify apprenticeships and other professional courses that may be suitable for the development of staff. As a result, 38% of the workforce led by Andy are involved in further education. This upskilling enables the Trust to solve far more problems internally than previously, resulting in a faster turnaround time on jobs to the benefit of service users and staff.
Claire Hennessy, Director of Estates & Facilities, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Daniel Smith, Plumber, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Samantha Yates, Waste Management Officer, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Having joined the NHS in 2012 and the Trust as a bank porter, Samantha showed enthusiasm and the ability to progress and moved through various roles and completed appropriate training courses including ILM 3 and 5, and IWFM Level 5 in Facilities Management. When appointed to her present role as Waste Management Officer she completed a Waste Management Course and Contract Management Foundation Course. Already she has diverted 99% of waste from landfill and introduced a food waste stream for the production kitchens.
Scott Campbell, Multi-Skilled Electrical Craftsperson, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Carole Walker, EMNE Support Officer, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Project of the Year
Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) Team, AGH Solutions (Airedale NHS FT)
This project managed the RAAC risk, the remedial works necessary to keep the building safe and the development of a 3,500m2 ICU and 30-bed ward using modern methods of construction, believed to be the first all-electric inpatient unit within the NHS. The work involved designing a tool to help understand where and when action was needed to structurally support RAAC panels showing more advanced deterioration. The new modular building will have exceptionally low carbon footprint, enhanced by three air source heat pumps and 80 PV panels on the roof.
Estates & Facilities Division, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
Estates & Facilities Team, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS)
Team of the Year
Sustainability, Energy & Waste Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Aiming to establish the Trust as one of the greenest NHS Trusts in the country, the team has committed to 105 actions to be implemented before the end of 2022. Activities range from energy-saving initiatives to staff engagement and education campaigns promoted via the Trust’s `be Green, be Aware, be Sustainable, for our Patients (GRASP) Champions. Innovation will be key to meeting the targets and the team have introduced a range of initiatives, including launching the GRASP rewards scheme. The Trust is the first to become carbon literate.
Catering Team, Royal Brompton Hospital
Senior Leadership Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Award of Special Merit
This one-off award was given posthumously to Stephen Sugg from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
HEFMA would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate their colleagues and teams for these awards. We appreciate it takes time, but it is so important to honour and recognise the achievements of estates and facilities people working across the NHS. Over the next few months, across this website and in the Pulse Magazine, we will be publishing more details of the winners, the shortlisted and many more of the nominations. There are some fantastic stories to share and some great examples of good work and ideas that many others may wish to apply within their own organisations.
[Pictured - Paul Birch receiving his Leader of the Year award]