Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has been named the winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare award at the 2015 Health Business Awards.
It is the second year running that the trust, which manages Frimley Park Hospital near Camberley, Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, has won the prestigious award.
Judges said: “The trust has demonstrated strength and depth of leadership at both board and ward level; it is reported that a strong patient-centred culture is evident at all levels.”
They also praised the trust for its work in antenatal care and cancer support and remarked upon a team of biomedical scientists from Frimley Park who received campaign medals from the Queen after they worked alongside military personnel in Sierra Leone in 2015 to help combat the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Another major factor in the judges’ decision was Frimley Park Hospital being the first in the country to be given an ‘outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission in September 2014, followed soon after by the hospital successfully joining forces with Wexham Park and Heatherwood in the first acquisition of its kind between foundation trusts.
The trust’s head of midwifery Adrienne Price and Mary Wells, associate director of site management for Wexham Park, attended the awards ceremony at the Grange Hotel, London, on Thursday. It was hosted by Dr Mark Porter, GP and Times correspondent who appears regularly on BBC’s The One Show.
Adrienne said: “It was an honour to be at the awards. The Outstanding Achievement Award was the last one to be announced so we were just ecstatic when they named Frimley Health as the winner.”
Chief executive Sir Andrew Morris said: “We are very proud to win this award for the second successive year. We’ve made huge progress in the past 12 months and it is a reward for the hard work and commitment that our staff demonstrate on a daily basis.”
The Outstanding Achievement award, sponsored by CCube Solutions, is given to an NHS organisation that judges feel has achieved success in its role and brought benefits to the wider NHS through the dedication and expertise of its staff.