Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Hospital Medical Director, Dr Karen Mottart, has received the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ Award at this year’s Betsi Cadwaladr University Achievement Awards. Dr Mottart has been described as a ‘fantastic asset’ for the hospital, when she received the top health award for outstanding achievements of NHS staff from across North Wales.

Dr Mottart has been commended by her colleagues for her involvement in introducing the daily safety huddle at the hospital, where each department attends a 30 minute briefing where any safety issues for the day are identified early and mitigation agreed.

Llinos Thomas, former Directorate General Manager of Unscheduled Care at Ysbyty Gwynedd, who nominated Dr Mottart for the award, said: “From the early stages of planning the safety huddles Dr Mottart engaged with the hospital management team and clinicians within Ysbyty Gwynedd to ensure good communication and participation in their launch.

“Since they began in October 2017 and through Dr Mottart’s leadership, the safety huddle has evolved and is now a recognised forum across the hospital for raising and more importantly responding, to clinical and site safety risks.

“The huddle, as well as its importance in relation to patient’s safety has had a substantial impact on patient flow from acute admissions to discharge processes and with Dr Mottart’s tenacity and relentless determination the data to support all involved has become more real time and support decision makers in their everyday practice.

“The safety huddle has become embedded within Ysbyty Gwynedd’s daily routine and has facilitated a change in culture that has led to a safer hospital. The driving force behind its success must be attributed to Dr Mottart’s enthusiasm, motivation and excellent leadership skills.”

Christine Roberts, a Matron at Ysbyty Gwynedd, who also nominated Dr Mottart, added: “Dr Mottart is a fantastic asset for Ysbyty Gwynedd and makes us all feel like one big team.

“She captivates everyone’s aspirations to do the very best that they can for their patients and for the whole site.

“Due to her amazing personality and far reaching obvious commitment she does manage to inspire staff from all departments to achieve our goals.”

Dr Mottart said she was extremely touched to be nominated for the award.
She said: “I was very surprised to have won the award and incredibly touched to be nominated.

“I wouldn’t be able to do what I do every day without everyone else around delivering with me.

“The huddle at Ysbyty Gwynedd has been so successful because of the entire team coming together every morning to discuss how we are all getting on and trying to create solutions for the day to try and improve patient care, staff morale, wellbeing and flow within the hospital.

“I couldn’t have set the huddles up without everyone else – it has been tremendous, we see around 50 people a day attend from all different departments who all wish to make sure we provide the best possible care for our patients every day.”

Ken Perry, founder of Do-Well (UK) Ltd, who sponsored the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ award, said: “Strong and effective leadership is vital to do well, and the efforts of Dr Mottart to improve the quality and safety of care at Ysbyty Gwynedd demonstrated outstanding leadership that is making a real difference to the wellbeing of people in need of care in North Wales.”

Jeremy Nash, Chief Executive of Centerprise International, added: “It’s fantastic to be the headline sponsor at the Health Board’s Achievement Awards for the second year running.

“Centerprise is committed to supporting the Welsh community and NHS in equal measure, and the awards were a fantastic celebration of the incredible efforts of healthcare staff from across North Wales.”

Photos: Dr Karen Mottart receives her award from Llinos Thomas during the morning ‘safety huddle’ meeting.