Personnel Today Awards 2018 winners: Morecambe Bay Hospitals take top trophy

UHMBT collect their trophy for Overall Winner of the Personnel Today Awards 2018

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust scooped the “best of the best” award at this year’s Personnel Today Awards for a major culture change programme that boosted morale.

UHMBT won the overall winner award having also picked up the Employee Engagement Award, one of 20 other winners announced tonight.

After a troubling period when UHMBT had been subject to an investigation, staff at the Trust were understandably disengaged and dissatisfied. But after putting what judges described as “their heart and soul” into a comprehensive change programme, the HR team received praise for driving a “palpable” improvement.

2018 Personnel Today Awards Winners

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Almost 900 HR professionals attended tonight’s 20th Personnel Today Awards in the glamorous surroundings of the Great Room in the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

The audience was entertained by stand-up comedian and star of Live at the Apollo, Simon Evans, before regular host of The One Show, Alex Jones, hosted the Awards ceremony.

It was a double win for William Hill, who were the recipients of the HR Team of the Year Award, sponsored by PeopleScout, having steered the company through a major restructure. William Hill HR director Louise Benford was also named HR Director of the Year.

The awards shone the spotlight on the best youth employers too. The Graduate Scheme of the Year Award went to Unlocked Graduates, a charity attracting high-calibre graduates to work in HM Prison Service, and Apprenticeship Employer of the Year went to the London Borough of Croydon.

Mental health programmes featured prominently in the Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group. The winning entry, from Kent Police and Essex Police, saw mandatory mental health training bring about a reduction in overall psychological distress.

Rob Moss, Personnel Today’s editor, said: “Tonight’s winners prove that – despite all the current uncertainty around Brexit – HR teams can really deliver value for their organisations and bring about lasting change.

“Congratulations not just to the winners but all of those shortlisted as the quality was exceptionally high this year.”


Diversity & Inclusion in the Public Sector, sponsored by the Guardian Jobs
St Mungo’s

Diversity & Inclusion in the Private Sector
Virgin Money

Employee Engagement Award
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

HR Team of the Year, sponsored by PeopleScout
William Hill

Employer Branding Award
Audley Group

HR Impact Award, sponsored by XpertHR
CBRE GWS Local Facilities Management

Employee Benefits Award
Comply Direct

Award for Innovation in Recruitment
Secret Intelligence Service

Excellence in Public Service HR
HM Land Registry

Award for Excellence in HR through Technology, sponsored by Cezanne HR
Royal Bank of Scotland

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
London Borough of Croydon

Graduate Scheme of the Year
Unlocked Graduates

Excellence in Learning and Development
McLaren Group

Learning & Development Team of the Year
Mitchells & Butlers

Award for Managing Change, sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing
CBRE GWS Local Facilities Management

Award for Talent Management
Johnsons Apparelmaster

HR Consultancy of the Year
Real People HR

Health & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group
Kent Police and Essex Police

Employment Law Firm of the Year
Eversheds Sutherland

HR Supplier Partnership
Let’s Get Healthy

HR Director of the Year, sponsored by ResourceBank Recruitment
Louise Benford, William Hill

Personnel Today Awards 2018 Overall Winner
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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