TUH Heroes Launched Annual Recognition Scheme Delayed by COVID-19

TUH Heroes 2020 Graphic(25th May 2020) Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) are calling for the local community, patients and their families to nominate their Hospital heroes for the “Patient Experience Award” and celebrate staff members who have gone above and beyond in providing an exceptional patient experience.

The employee recognition scheme is in its third year and is a little later this year due to the arrival of COVID-19. The programmecelebrates the individuals and teams who go the extra mile and make a real difference to patients and their families each day. 

The Hospital is calling for the local community to once again get behind the “Patient Experience Award” and nominate a member of staff who has made a real difference during their time or indeed during their family’s time in hospital.  Last year the Hospital received hundreds of nominations across a range of categories and this year hopes to build on that success and secure even greater community engagement.

“The awards are a highlight of the Hospital calendar each year. The outbreak of COVID-19 and minimising the disruption to the Hospital in providing care at a challenging time was a priority and we now need to get back to the ‘new normal’. I am sure our award ceremony will look quite different this year but I still think it is important to take some time to recognise and acknowledge the dedicated and hard-working staff who contribute so much. The Patient Experience Award is particularly important for our staff as the nominations come from the patient” commented Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive of TUH.

Catherine Heaney, Coordinator of the Fettercairn Community Health Project and Chair of the Patient Community Advisory Council, who represents the community on the judging panel said “At what is an incredibly busy time for the Hospital I am delighted they are making the time to ensure this annual scheme goes ahead. COVID-19 has taken so many events from our calendars I think it is now more important than ever to make sure that we support our local hospital and recognise the incredible efforts staff across the Hospital go to in caring for their patients but also one another. In recent months staff have continued to work and care for patients despite the threat of the virus but the awards are about more than COVID it is about the service that staff provide day in, day out, year in year out. I am hopeful that patients and their families will take a few minutes to put pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard to let the judging panel know the positive difference a staff member made to their patient experience.”

Application forms for members of the public can be found through this link on the Hospital website, they can be emailed to TallaghtHeroes@tuh.ie or sent by post to TUH 2020 Heroes Entries, c/o The Human Resources Department, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin 24. The closing date for submissions June 29th, judging will take place in July and an awards ceremony schedule to take place later this year.

About Tallaght University Hospital
TUH is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds with 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre. The Hospital also has 67 paediatric beds under the governance of Children’s Health Ireland and 52 mental health beds under HSE governance. 

TUH is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties. 

The Hospital’s Emergency Department catered for 52,553 Attendances in 2019. A further 255,200 patients were treated through the Hospital’s Adult outpatient clinics in 2019. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities and aligned with CHO7.

Tallaght University Hospital Foundation is committed to investing in TUH and promoting quality care and wellness throughout the community. If you would like to support the work of the Foundation please go to www.tuhf.ie or contact Kelly Crowley, Head of Development for TUHF on kcrowley@tuhf.ie