100 NHS staff from across the region swapped operating theatres, wards and outpatients departments for abseiling, obstacle courses and a host of other challenges as part of a special Army Reserve and NHS Hospital Challenge 2014.
The fun-filled, physically and mentally challenging day was set against the backdrop of Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool. The Hospital Challenge 2014 was jointly organised by the Army Reserve 208 Field Hospital, based in Chavasse House, Liverpool, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The teams of five spent seven hours tackling 15 challenges in brilliant sunshine at the Aintree site on Saturday 17th May, including abseiling down the hospital’s four-storey surgical block.
The challenges involved the NHS staff working together on a series of mental and physical challenges, designed by the Army Reserve, across the 85-acre site, the largest in the NHS. Trophies were awarded not just to the winning team, but for enthusiasm and determination.
The winning team was Team Nemo, from the Walton Centre NHS FT.
Other awards were:
• Team spirit – Aintree Mudders.
• Enthusiasm award – QRS from the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
• Courage award – Mark’s Marvels from Aintree.
Kerry Mutch, from Team Nemo, said: “The whole day was just amazing. It was fabulous team-building, and great fun!”
Catherine Beardshaw, Chief Executive of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Aintree is very proud to support the 208 Field Hospital, so this event was a great thank you to NHS staff. Our involvement with the field hospital means that our staff develop their clinical skills in areas such as major trauma, while also building their leadership abilities. That means that we are constantly improving our care for patients, so it really is a win-win relationship.”
Colonel Debbie Telford, Commanding Officer of 208 Field Hospital, said: “We really appreciated the amount of effort, enthusiasm and sheer determination shown by the NHS teams in the searing heat. We also appreciate the partnership between the NHS and the Army Reserve, as by forging links between these two major organisations it helps develop both clinical and leadership skills. I look forward to more NHS staff becoming members of 208 Field Hospital to build on this excellent support so far.”