The Only National Awards For Non-Medical / Non-Clinical NHS Staff & Volunteers


Award Category:

Individual or Team Nomination?


Qualifying Qualities

In these challenging times, nominators were asked to show how the nominee had demonstrated the following qualities:

  • Exceptional work ethic - going above and beyond their job description, especially in the past 12 months.
  • Outstanding achievement/s in work or outside of the organisation where relevant.
  • Drive for innovation and proactive leadership in these challenging times.
  • High level of interpersonal skills, such as kindness, empathy, loyalty and thoughtfulness to staff and patients.
  • A resilience considering Covid to their role and to the health and wellbeing of their colleagues.

Nominators Answer

Nominee's story :

I would like to nominate David Hammond for his leadership and excellence in partnership working. His work on the now nationally recognised “HomeFirst” project in conjunction with the Wirral Community Health and Care Community Integrated Response team, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Wirral Borough Council, Voluntary Community Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) partners and patients have been significant for the people of Wirral. The HomeFirst project which launched in October 2022 offers early supported discharge from a community intermediate care centre or acute services delivering therapy and social care support. The pilot has seen a significant reduction in patients’ average length of stay days and also supported a reduction in the no criteria to reside cases in the acute services. They key benefits to patients of ‘HomeFirst’ is that the patient receives an assessment in their own home and therefore all interventions are truly patient centred. HomeFirst is just one example of Dave’s successes and he is also leading and driving change in areas such as population health and social value. Through Dave’s leadership Wirral Community Health and Care was the first NHS organisation to achieve the Social Value Quality Mark level one in December 2021. A key part of Dave’s role is to liaise with care agencies, therapists, commissioners, and various other project boards which unites different cultures, pathways, and ways of working. Dave is a motivator and builds confidence with clinicians and medics to sustain change and focus on continual improvement. He is judged as a well-respected professional by the clinicians he interacts with. As a non-medical, non-clinical individual, watching Dave is like watching a master class in project management, leadership, communication, and all over kindness. Dave recognises the challenges each organisation has and takes the time to break down these barriers, set realistic milestones and looks for ‘win-win’ scenarios to ensure we delivery excellent person-centred care and ensure all partners feel engaged and involved. Dave is an amazing person to work with and brings passion and enthusiasm to everything he does. Regularly going above and beyond to support operational delivery he takes time to coach and help others. Dave is driven to develop partnership working across all sectors and demonstrates a key skill as a non-clinician to take clinicians and medics with him. Never brash or boisterous, he is a gentleman who truly optimises the essence of or our organisations values ‘Compassion, Open and Trust’. If there was ever an ‘unsung hero’ Dave would be the first person to come to mind. Thank you for taking the time to ready this nomination.
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