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Unsung Hero Award winners

Unsung Hero Award winners

Our Recruitment Team are celebrating after winning the Corporate Functions Team of The Year Award in the national Unsung Hero Awards, which celebrates the achievements of non-medical and non-clinical NHS and healthcare staff and volunteers, who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester on 23 February 2018.

The judges selected the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals’ Recruitment Team as they have considerably reduced the amount of time it takes to hire new staff.

The team have displayed creative ideas when looking at better ways of working, and support the Trust in making sure all new employees are appropriately suited to their environment.

Additionally, IT programme manager Jaki Allen-Free also picked up a Special Recognition award after delivering the Paper Free Programme at the Royal and Broadgreen.

Jaki said: “I was totally amazed to be nominated to receive this Special Recognition, and I am overwhelmed that not only have I received this but I do accept this on behalf of my team as we were immensely successful in this delivery of Paper Free and I am very proud to have an engaged team whom kept the end goal insight at all times.

“We have got our teams using the electronic PENs and Unity systems and perform electronic consent for procedures. In addition we moved our Health Records into a digital team, we have scanned over 1million case notes onto the Unity system."

"It has taken a long time to achieve what we set out to implement with the Paper Free Programme but with the engagement of clinicians, managers and staff within the Royal and Broadgreen it has come to fruition."

Jaki Allen-Free, IT programme manager

The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, who attended the awards said: ‘‘I know as a former health secretary that the NHS is full of Unsung Heroes… we don’t talk enough about the secretaries, the IT staff, the porters, the cleaners. They are what keeps the NHS show on the road and I am here tonight to recognise that and say a massive thank you to each and every one of you for what you do to keep our wonderful NHS running from one day to the next. We really couldn’t do without you.’’ 

Companies such as max20 Project Solutions, Barclays, Cerner, Fortrus, The Principal and VANAD Enovation sponsored the night.

The awards themselves saw 18 winners, ranging from admin and clerical, ancillary, IT and corporate functions; to volunteer of the year, Lifesaver award, Patients Choice award, Apprentice award and Special Mention award, the latter being won by Molly the therapy dog.

Find out more about the Unsung Hero Awards at

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