Our annual Christmas party  night looked a little different this year, with everyone joining virtually. There was a quiz and even a ‘drawing with your eyes closed’ competition. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards by our Executive team to recognise the achievements of staff members throughout 2020.

Congratulations to our winners:

The Jake Grain Award :

Mate Barna, Systems Administrator

The Jake Grain award is given in memory of a dear colleague. Voting is open to all staff and the award is given to the person who, just like Jake did, goes about their business quietly and without fuss, but is the ultimate team player. Mate won this award for the second year in a row and is a real asset for the company.

The Patient First and Truly Collaborative Award :

Jointly awarded to Simon Peel, Clinical Governance Manager and Andy Bulpett, Business Development Manager

Voted for by the Wider Leadership team, this award was made based on the contribution from Simon and Andy to the significant enhancements to our NightHawk service this year, particularly in the areas of Acute Stroke and MTC pathways.

Patients referred to Medica via these pathways are at a critical point in their care, where every minute is critical in terms of ongoing treatment and the impact on their eventual outcomes. The work done by Simon and Andy in delivering a redefined deployment scope for these pathways and the improvements in the referral, communication and reporting of such cases with our clients has enabled Medica to deliver and key clinically service, entirely in line with our core value of ‘Patient first and truly collaborative’.

The Adaptive and Pioneering Award :

Ashley Cheese, Clinical Application IT lead

Voted for by the Wider Leadership team, Ashley was recognised for his work in his new role. He has recently taken on key responsibility for managing elements of our imaging network. He has flourished in his new position and has become indispensable for a number of our projects and initiatives – not least the Augmented Intelligence.  His creativity and understanding of our core imaging systems has allowed Ashley to resolve and overcome many hurdles and integration issues that have come his way.  Ashley was the obvious choice for this category, which goes to show the leading role that Ashley is playing in the future of Medica and the respect that his colleagues have for his systems knowledge.

The Responsive and Accountable Award :

James Williams, Recruitment Manager

Voted for by the Wider Leadership team, James was recognised for the flexibility in his approach to recruitment during 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic, he has gone above and beyond to ensure we have continued to recruit at speed, exceeding annual targets. His approach to the changing environment while maintaining motivation and morale across the team has been delivered with due care, professionalism and gumption. As our Recruitment Team have expanded the scope of their operations, James has responded with drive and continued commitment working with key stakeholders within the business, including our newest team members in Global Diagnostics. James has supported the reporter liaison team and was responsive to the challenges the department faced. James has demonstrated a truly flexible approach to how he works and manages the team and hopefully this award can give him the recognition he so greatly deserves. Well done James.

The Excellence in our DNA Award :

Emma Streater, Information Security and Compliance Officer

Voted for by the Wider Leadership team, Emma joined Medica just a few days before lockdown and has only met a handful of colleagues face to face. She has shown exceptional professionalism when responding to enquiries from clients, reporters & colleagues. Emma has taken on significant responsibility in such a short space of time and her work consistently demonstrates excellence and outstanding delivery, all-the-while being professional and with great personality.

The CEO Award :

Garry Pettet, Consultant Radiologist

Chosen by the CEO following discussion with the Executive Committee, Garry is the worthy winner of this year’s CEO award. He has made an outstanding contribution across a variety of projects throughout 2020. Garry has driven forward our augmented intelligence project, playing an instrumental role in our recent launch of the Qure.ai qER algorithm and continues to provide subject matter expert support into the next stages of our AI roadmap. Garry joined us as an employed radiologist during lockdown, but has taken to Medica like a duck to water. In addition to the AI project he has worked on our Future Tech programme and assisted with several other projects. His expertise and enthusiasm is highly valued. Well done Garry!