Staff Recognition Awards 2019

Safe Award 2019

Presented by Director of Estates and Facilities Claire Dalley

This award is to recognise a person or team that have made improvements to safety. This can include innovative use or development of equipment, processes or electronic systems. The winner will need to demonstrate evidence that safety has been improved as a direct result of the initiative.


Lorna McGuigan
Clinical Nurse Lead, Marlborough House Adolescent Unit

Her nomination said:

“No matter how tricky things become on the ward, the team leave Lorna’s impromptu safety meetings feeling much more contained and with a renewed sense of purpose and focus.”

On the record

Lorna has worked for the trust for 15 years, the last seven on which has been at Marlborough House, the CAMHS inpatient ward for young people aged 11-18 in Swindon.

Lorna said: “ I feel overwhelmed and so very pleased and honoured to be part of such an event and to have won.” But like many other she was quick to divert attention on her team.

“We have a wonderful team at Marlborough House who are all extremely caring and skilled. We care for young people who often feel very low, anxious and unsafe. The majority of our young people are admitted due to increasing risks and are unable to keep themselves safe.

“Therefore, it is important that we create an environment where young people are able to feel safe and supported. Our hope is that young people are able to develop skills to manage their emotions and feel safe within themselves. However, this can be a long and challenging process.

“We have worked very closely with the Oxford Healthcare Improvement team to reduce self-harming on the ward and have achieved this through setting a clear aim and actively involving the team in the process.

“We have seen many improvements during the last year with many of the team now taking on individual projects to continue to improve care and safety.”

I feel overwhelmed and so very pleased and honoured to be part of such an event and to have won.

Lorna McGuigan



Alison Hearnden
Deputy Team Manager, Oxon Central CAMHS

Her nomination said: “Ali has implemented strategies to maintain the safety of patient care and staff wellbeing. She has supported her staff when they have needed it, with compassion, respect and leadership.”

Jane Kershaw
Head of Quality Governance, Nursing and Clinical Standards Littlemore Mental Health Centre, Oxford

Her nomination said: “Jane is tireless in her approach to improving quality with patient safety & experience at the heart of her work.”