A catering supervisor at North Manchester General Hospital has received an award for his innovative work to improve the meal service for patients. The awards, held on 12 July, consisted of 12 categories recognising the very best of patient care, dedication and innovation across the trust's five hospital sites and its 10,000 staff. And, at a special final awards ceremony at Manchester City Stadium, Sally Gunnell OBE, former British Olympic athlete turned television presenter and sports commentator, announced that Paul Philips had won. He scooped the award for developing a system that facilitates swifter distribution of meals around the ward at mealtimes. This has helped improve the service for patients and reduce wastage. He said: "Winning the award means a lot to me, not only for the recognition, but also repaying management's faith in my abilities. I feel the award also recognises the hard work and dedication of all the patient feed team because without them I could come up with ideas all day, but it means nothing without the staff putting them into practise. Hopefully this will be a springboard to other initiatives which enhance the patient meal experience."