Porter makes awards final

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A general porter based at St James’s University Hospital is in the running for a national award.

Paul Tobin, who works at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), has been announced as

the regional winner of Skills for Health’s ‘Our Health Heroes’ Operational Services Support Worker of the Year award.

The Our Health Heroes Awards 2017 celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK.

Paul has now been put forward to the public vote to decide some of the awards’ categories national winners.

He was inspired to set up ‘porters huddles’ - the first of their kind in the UK - at St James’s Hospital in 2016. The twice-weekly short meetings, also attended by clinical staff, allow porters to come together with teams across the trust and share ideas on how to improve patient care.

Paul said: “I’ve been a porter at LTHT for four years and really enjoy my job as I have regular contact with staff and patients across the whole hospital. I want every patient to feel that they’ve received the best possible care.

“That’s why I set up the porters huddles so that we can all work together to improve the service we provide and keep patients at the centre of everything we do. That’s what matters the most.”

Porters huddles recently started at Leeds General Infirmary, and Paul has been working with other trusts across Yorkshire to support them with their own huddles.

The public vote for the national winner of Operational Services Support Worker of the Year will be open until November 6.

To vote, visit www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-2017.