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Celebrating Atlas’ Staff Stars 2019

Atlas’ Staff Stars programme runs annually and celebrates the contributions Atlas’ staff make to the organisation, its clients and each other.

This year’s awards ceremony saw five well deserved winners, scooping six awards between them, with four highly commended nominees receiving recognition.

The awards ceremony an important part of the Atlas calendar and is an opportunity to recognise our employees’ significant effort and contribution across the organisation.

The awards ceremony and celebration event took place at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Education Centre, on Friday 5th April.

This year’s categories were: Inspiring Change; Employee’s Employee; Health and Safety Leadership (all of which are open to nominations from Atlas employees); Atlas Star (nominated by the senior management team); Client Focused (nominated by Atlas clients) and Outstanding Contribution (nominated by Atlas’ Chairman from the total pool of entries).

Keith Case, Atlas Chairman, said: “Our business is only as good as our people, so it’s really important that come together and celebrate excellent performance.

Keith adds: “The work that Atlas does is to an extent a Cinderella service, it is very often unrecognised and unrewarded. The great thing about getting people together to celebrate our success is that people start to talk about the work that goes on at different sites and in different parts of the business.”

Berenice Groves, Atlas’ Client Representative, the Trust’s Interim Executive Director Unscheduled Care, said: “It was great to be involved in this year’s Atlas Staff Stars. I really enjoyed getting to know some of Atlas’ staff and hearing their inspiring stories. I learned a lot!

Their hard work definitely does not go unnoticed and this is evident by the nominations received in the client focused category.”

Stephen Waterfield, Atlas Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Staff Stars was a fantastic event and it’s great to see all the people who joined us. Atlas is Atlas because of the staff. Their dedication and hard work over the last two years has made our organisation what it is and today’s highly commended and winning entries is a great example of our employees’ hard work.”

This year’s winners are

Client Focused: Tracy Parkinson, Domestic Coordinator, based in Atlas Community sites, for always going above and beyond to ensure an efficient and effective service is delivered. Who is totally dedicated to the service, having a full understanding of the crucial service which her team provides and is always willing to help out in any say she can.

Inspiring Change: Sammy Moor, Business Support Coordinator, based at Atlas’ Blackpool Victoria site, creating and implementing new processes and ways of working for Atlas recruitment.

Health and Safety Leadership: Colin Thomas, Catering Assistant, based at Clifton Hospital, for persistently pushing two health and safety issues at Clifton Hospital, in the Catering Department, by challenging what they thought was unsafe practice. His persistence has resulted in a full health and safety review and a risk assessment to be undertaken. 

Employee’s Employee: Phil Scarf, Medical Engineer, received three separate nominations and has been described as having an extremely hardworking nature, with an infectious work ethic and can-do attitude.

2019 Atlas Star: Darren Gilheaney, Deputy Chief Medical Engineer, for his enthusiasm and approach to the challenges of his secondment position has directly contributed to the wider-success of Medical Engineering, as well as supported other individuals to grow and develop successes.

Outstanding Contribution: Tracy Parkinson, Domestic Coordinator, based in Atlas Community sites, was described as having a selfless personality, which permeates through her peers and team – as one of the ‘go-to’ people, Tracy cares for each and every one she deals with. Whether they are in her team, or not.