Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has spoken out about his admiration for the staff, clinicians, volunteers and apprentices at Worcestershire’s hospitals after attending an inspirational set of staff awards at the Chateau Impney on Friday.

The week before the hospital trust is re-inspected by the CQC for the first time since going into special measures, the MP was on hand to see Olympian and world champion athlete Colin Jackson address staff from all of Worcestershire’s acute hospitals and present awards to individuals and teams who had made a difference.

Robin recently joined his neighbour Nigel Huddleston in meeting the new Chair of the Trust, Carragh Merrick and has written to the Chancellor to back capital bids from the Acute Trust for improvements at both the Worcestershire Royal Hospital in his own constituency and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. He welcomed awards for the incredibly hardworking Medical Assessment Unit team at the WRH and a number of other teams and individuals at his local hospital, but also welcomed the fact that the Alex and Kidderminster Hospital were amongst the award winners.

Commenting after the awards Robin tweeted:

“So many wonderful stories of compassion, teamwork & dedication tonight from nurses, doctors, staff, volunteers and apprentices @worcsacuteNHS”

And when his colleague Karen Lumley, who has recently been a patient at the Alex replied praising the staff there, he answered: “Wishing you a speedy recovery, we have brilliant people at all our @worcsacuteNHS hospitals – WRH, Alex and Kiddi.”

Robin has consistently backed bids from the hospitals in Worcestershire for more funding and for capital projects and during his time as MP the Worcestershire Royal Hospital has seen a number of upgrades including the Worcestershire Oncology Centre with its state of the art radiotherapy equipment, a whole new midwife led birth unit, the wonderful new Worcestershire Breast Unit and a £4 million interim expansion of A&E. However he has been clear that he backs further investment and capacity expansion at the hospital and has offered to work with the trust to back further bids, especially for increasing A&E and discharge capacity.

Following on from the CQC visit late last year which rated the hospitals good or outstanding for care but raised concerns over safety and management, he has been pressing for a new permanent management team to be put in place and he has welcomed the appointment of a new Chair. With the inspectors due to return, he hopes to see progress on safety, which he identified as the number one priority back in December last year.

Commenting Robin said:

“The inspirational awards were a reminder of what incredible people we have working in all our hospitals and the outstanding care that they provide. We all know that there are major challenges facing the NHS but I am confident that we have the right people to meet those challenges and the passion that I saw from nurses, doctors, non-clinical staff and leaders at the trust gives me great confidence that they can continue to improve. Congratulations to everyone who won awards – they were clearly richly deserved. I hope that the inspectors will find real progress since their last visit but I recognise it is early days.”

“I will keep campaigning for investment in our hospitals and in their staff to ensure we have the best possible outcomes for patients in Worcestershire as a whole.”

 Notes to editors

For Robin’s statement on the previous CQC inspection and the trust being put into special measures see:


For his pressing Ministers to get new management in place at the Trust see:


For Robin’s previous press releases on the NHS in Worcestershire see:






For details of the Trust’s recent long service awards see:


Full details of Trust’s awards winners are:


STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2016 Winner Winner’s job title
Nurse of the Year Award 2016 Laura Ellis Sister -Ward 11, Alexandra Hospital
Midwife of the Year Award 2016 Trudy Berlet Bereavement Support Midwife
Doctor of the Year 2016 Martin Ferring Consultant Renal Physician
Health Care Assistant of the Year 2016 Maura George Health Care Assistant, Outpatients,

Kidderminster Hospital

AHP/ Health Care Scientist of the Year 2016 Kelly Bill Clinical Service Manager, Neurophysiology
Non-clinical Employee of the year 2016 Deb Boden Ward Clerk – Children’s Ward,

Alexandra Hospital

Leader/Manager of the Year Award 2016 Cathy Garlick Divisional Director of Operations –

Women & Children

Team of the Year Award 2016 Medical Admissions Unit – WRH  
Enhancing Patient Experience Award 2016 Andrea Madkins Ward Clerk –MAU, Alexandra Hospital
Patients’ Choice Award 2016 Laurel 2  
Apprentice/ Student of the Year Award 2016 Samara Harvey Business Administration Apprentice –

Hawthorne Suite, WRH

Volunteer of the Year Award 2016 Fiona Charny Chair of Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign
Rising Star 2016 Sharon Banyard Sister – Surgical Decision Unit, WRH
Friends & Family Award 2016 Ward 11  
Life Time Achievement Award 2016 Marie Hanlon Consultant Paediatrician
Chief Executive’s Special Award 2016 Martin Long Head of Facilities
Chairman’s Special Award 2016 Lara Greenway Ward Manager, Riverbank