The award-winning clinical, nursing and support staff from all departments of Florence Nightingale Hospice

Florence Nightingale Hospice is well known in the community for the amazing warmth and excellent standards of care the staff provides to patients and their families, and their work has been formally recognised in this year’s Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s Staff Awards.

The Trust’s annual Staff Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and commitment of individuals and teams working for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Award winners are staff, volunteers or contractors who demonstrate safe, compassionate care and who embody the Trust’s values and behaviours: Collaborate, Aspire, Respect, Enable. The Hospice team won the Patient Choice Award, the winners of which are selected by the judges from nominations from the monthly CARE awards and any of the other Staff Awards categories where the nomination was from patient, carer or visitor.

The whole Hospice team were joint winners, with the Hospice’s Specialty Doctor In Palliative Care, Dr Jane Brundish, being the other winner. Dr Brundish was nominated by a patient’s family for her extraordinary level of care of their father. “She secured a bed for our dad in FNH and pushed his bed there herself to make his final hours so much more comfortable and dignified,” they wrote in their nomination. “A true hero of the NHS.”

Liz Monaghan, Palliative and End of Life Care Matron at the Hospice, said, “I am so proud of the whole team, and glad that their excellence has been recognised. It’s also lovely that Jane’s dedication and passion for patient care has been singled out by patients.”

The Hospice staff were praised for their compassion and understanding towards the families of patients. “They allowed me to leave my professional head at the door and to be a daughter-in-law. They made us realise there was still laughter and love to be had,” said one of the nominations that were looked at by the panel.