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Five award nominations for hospital’s Ebola preparation work

Jenny Edwards and Jade Harold G4S FM Heartlands team with Peter Neden (left) and Julian Hartley (right)A Birmingham hospital team’s work to prepare for Ebola cases has been recognised by a raft of award nominations.

The G4S Facilities Management team at Heartlands Hospital, part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, has most recently been nominated for the Health Business Awards 2015 in the Estates and Facilities Innovation category. This follows nominations for the team in the British Institute for Facilities Management (BIFM) Facilities Management Awards 2015, the Kimberley-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 and the Premises & Facilities Management Awards.

The nominations have all related to the team’s work around preparations for suspected Ebola cases arriving at the hospital following the outbreak in West Africa last year.

Kellie Jervis, head of emergency planning at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “From the onset of the Ebola outbreak the team have been fundamental in both the planning for and the response to suspect cases within the Trust. During a difficult and potentially serious situation their professionalism and commitment to patient and staff safety was first class.

“I’m delighted for the team and for the Trust that we have been nominated for these awards as it is recognition of all the hard work and dedication put in by everyone involved.”

The team will find out if they have been victorious at the Health Business Awards 2015 on December 3 at a glittering awards ceremony at the Grange Hotel in London.

Meanwhile, there has already been awards success for the Heartlands G4S team after they beat G4S teams from across the country to win a Teamwork & Collaboration award at the international firm’s annual UK & Ireland Regional Excellence Awards.

Jenny Edwards and Jane Harold attended on behalf of the Heartlands team and were presented with the award by G4S UK & Ireland regional president Peter Neden and regional finance director Julian Hartley (pictured).

G4S Contract Manager Lesley Reid, who manages the 460-strong team of cleaners, porters and security officers at Heartlands, said she was delighted that that her team’s efforts have been recognised.

She added: “I am so proud of my fantastic team and the calm professionalism they show, often in difficult, stressful situations, as well as the strong partnership we have developed with the Trust over the past four years, helping the hospital to provide the best possible patient care.”

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