Voting is now open in our people’s choice award category. Vote by 8am Monday 18 December

For the people’s choice award we’re looking for an individual or team who

    • has gone the extra mile to help and support service users and/or carers
    • deserves to be recognised for their care and compassion
    • lives the Trust’s values, commitment to quality, involvement, wellbeing and teamwork.


The long-list has been chosen and service users, carers, staff, our volunteers and other members of the public are all welcome to cast their vote, so take a look at the nominations below and help choose the winner of the people’s choice award. 


  • Alexandra House administration team, Mental health services for older people, Knaresborough. Nominated for demonstrating a relentless pursuit of excellence. The team are not only a helpful first point of contact for patients and carers, but they also provide high quality support to clinicians. Their cheery outlook and ‘can do’ attitude bring a positive experience for everyone working in and attending Alexander House. Read the full nomination here


  • Graeme Flatman, Community psychiatric nurse, adult community mental health services, Enterprise House, Spennymoor. Nominated by service users for the positive impact he has had on their lives. A dedicated and compassionate nurse, Graeme is described as always there and able to put a smile on people’s faces. He has helped to grow service users’ confidence and has been a great support to them with his understanding and caring attitude. Read the full nomination here


  • Clare Brennan, Ward clerk, Linnet Ward, forensic mental health services, Ridgeway, Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough. Nominated by a colleague for going above and beyond her daily role and for the commitment and positive attitude she shows to her work. Her dedication to improving patient, carer and staff experience is inspiring and valued by many. Read the full nomination here


  • Fiona Craig, Advanced nurse practitioner, North Tees liaison psychiatry, adult mental health services, University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton on Tees. Nominated for being a colleague that can be relied on in any situation, Fiona is committed to delivering the best service possible and by helping patients to receive the best treatment to meet their needs. Always there to offer support, advice and encouragement, her compassionate approach and professionalism is valued by both colleagues and patients alike. Read the full nomination here


  • Jacqueline Scott, Associate practitioner, mental health team, HM Young Offenders Institute Deerbolt, Barnard Castle. Nominated for being a highly respected and invaluable member of the team. Her dedication and commitment to the welfare of young men in her care is well regarded. She is a compassionate advocate for them and puts their needs first, as well as being a positive influence and instilling hope. Described by her team as ‘the icing on the cake’ she has a positive impact on all those around her. Read the full nomination here


  • Jane Bounds, Team secretary, Redcar child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), The Ridings, Redcar. Nominated for her bright and optimistic approach, helpful manner and caring and compassionate nature. Jane is a much loved colleague, who is as loved by service users and carers too. Always first in on a morning with a happy and helpful smile, Jane is a credit to the Trust. Described as the team’s very own ‘Mary Berry’ Jane is known to use her amazing baking skills and enigmatic personality to inspire and motivate the team.  Read the full nomination here


  • John Savage and Jackie Hartley, Modern matron and PA, learning disabilities services, Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham. Nominated for their ongoing commitment and hard work in organising the yearly Learning Disability Quality Conference. John and Jackie work tirelessly to make sure that service users are at the heart of the conference, from being involved in its development through to production and delivery. The feedback received each year is phenomenal and this is largely thanks to John and Jackie for their hard work and enthusiasm. Read the full nomination here


  • Rebecca Wilson and Sue Kasper, Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) crisis nurse and crisis community support worker, CAMHS crisis team, Lake House, Scarborough. Nominated for their ‘life saving’ care these ‘guardian angels are highly respected and much loved by the young people they care for and their parents and carers. Their non-judgemental, understanding and compassionate attitudes have been recognised by many, resulting in a number of nominations for this award. Their natural rapport with young people has been a lifeline and meant so much to so many. Read the full nomination here


  • Simon Harrison, Service manager, HM Prison Lancaster Farms, Stone Row Head, Lancaster. Nominated for taking his role in managing three North West prisons in his stride and for embodying the Trust’s values and behaviours. Simon expects high standards of quality care and is a valued member of the team, providing daily support and guidance to staff. The professional relationships he has built have been central to the success of the Trust’s mental health services in North West prisons. Read the full nomination here


  • The Talbot Unit, Children and young people’s services, Bankfields Court, Middlesbrough. This relatively new team are nominated for the willingness and determination they showed in supporting a young person to overcome their challenges. Their commitment to improving the life of this young patient has resulted in significant and remarkable changes. They are described as an amazing group of people with hearts of gold. Read the full nomination here


Vote for your superstar now – deadline 8am Monday 18 December


Your top four nominations will be announced in January 2018, along with the other Making a Difference Award categories currently being shortlisted.

The Making a Difference Awards 2017 recognise the dedication, achievements and successes of individual staff and teams who work or volunteer across TEWV and who have made a real difference to help the Trust improve people’s lives.

Here’s a reminder of the other categories up for grabs:



All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a glittering evening awards ceremony in March 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner, where the winners will be announced.

Take a look at last year’s winners.


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