Our Making a Difference Awards 2016 superstars are here
Congratulations go to all our superstars. The winners were honoured at a celebratory awards evening on March 10 in Sedgefield, County Durham to acknowledge and showcase their amazing achievements.
This category showcased individuals and teams who had gone the extra mile to help and support, demonstrating care and compassion in their work. All nominations were put forward to a public vote.
Kilton View, learning disabilities services, Saltburn-by-Sea
Always striving for innovative ways of stimulating and engaging people with profound learning disabilities, this enthusiastic team took light and sound stimulation to a new level and created vibrant dance routines for people with complex needs.
The Lodge, learning disabilities services, Bankfields Court, Middlesbrough
This dedicated team dramatically improved the quality of life a service user through positive behavioural support.
Clinician of the year
This award recognises a clinician who has excelled in their role and delivered high quality services that made a real difference to service users and their carers.
Angela Cross, advanced practitioner in adult mental health services, South Durham affective disorders team, Enterprise House, Spennymoor
Described as an inspirational clinician and leader Angela was awarded for her commitment to the team as they went through significant changes; she supported them to dramatically improve access to services and patient care.
Sagarika Nag, associate specialist in liaison psychiatry services, Middlesbrough
The driving force behind improvements to the care of people who regularly attend acute hospitals because of self-harm, Sagarika is the catalyst for inspiring people from a range of services and organisations to work together to achieve the best outcomes for patients.
Healthcare support employee of the year
This award was presented to support workers in our clinical services who has excelled in their role and delivered high quality services that make a real difference to service users and carers.
Susan Lenihan, support worker, mental health services for older people, memory clinic, The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
Susan played a vital role in making sure the memory service runs smoothly and, more importantly, that service users and their carers’ needs were met.
Colin Hough, healthy living advisor, community adult and mental health services for older people, Cherry Tree House, York
Colin has empowered and equipped service users to make positive lifestyle choices. His nominator cited that service users are infinitely better off with Colin by their side.
Non-clinical services employee of the year
This award was presented to a non-clinical individual in recognition of the excellent work they do behind the scenes to support front line services. It recognises individuals who have excelled in their role and delivered high quality services that ultimately support our clinical services to provide better care.
Heather Simpson, involvement and engagement lead for York and Selby, Trust secretary’s department, Bootham Park Hospital, York
Heather was described as the driving force behind making sure the views of service users and carers are at the centre of service developments. Her skills in relationship building and her support and encouragement helped many service users grow in confidence.
Alison Edwards, administration co-ordinator, single point of access team, children and young people’s services, Rowan Building, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington
Alison has been at the centre of children’s services in South Durham for over 18 years. She was described as being ‘worth her weight in gold’ and a huge asset to the team.
Volunteer of the year
This award was presented to an individual or team who had shown commitment and exceptional contribution to the service they support. It was open to anyone who volunteered their time and effort to support the Trust.
Sue Greenup, ARCH Recovery College volunteer, Durham
Sue was commended for her tireless enthusiasm in promoting the college and the principles of recovery and person-centred care. She has been at the forefront of co-creating and co-facilitating courses and has inspired many by sharing her own lived experience.
John Bettridge, volunteer carers’ representative, York and Selby
Nominated for his outstanding contribution to services in York and Selby John worked tirelessly to make sure that service users and carers had a voice and helped professionals understand the issues that carers face.
Clinical team of the year
This award recognised outstanding teamwork in a clinical area and was presented to a team that consistently demonstrated a ‘can do’ approach in implementing change or introducing new services or ways of working.
Holly Unit, children and young people’s services, West Park Hospital, Darlington
This team’s dedication and commitment showed through during an extremely difficult period. They responded to the challenge with their usual ‘can do’ approach remained professional throughout, showed compassion, empathy and respect to the young person in their care.
Psychologically informed planned environments team (the PIPE team for short), Low Newton prison Durham
This team’s innovative work supported women with high risk behaviours and complex needs. Working with them, and with prison staff, they helped equip them with life skills and encouraged them to make positive choices for themselves.
Non-clinical team of the year
This award recognised outstanding teamwork in a non-clinical area and was presented to a team that consistently demonstrated a ‘can do’ approach in implementing change or introducing new services or ways of working.
The Converge and Discovery Hub, adult mental health services, York St John University, York
This integrated service was awarded for their ground-breaking approach to recovery. They offered support and access to a range of learning opportunities for those living with mental ill health and were praised for the way in which they break down barriers to recovery.
The Learning disability service administration team, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, Eastfield Clinic, Scarborough
An impressive and committed team who provided work placements for young people with learning disabilities. They offered a welcoming and supportive environment where young people could develop skills that help them secure employment in the future.
Outstanding initiative – clinical services
This award was an opportunity to showcase best practice and innovation. It was presented to a clinical team or individual who had developed and successfully implemented a new / improved service or delivered a successful project.
Learning disability services, North Yorkshire
This team was awarded for the development of and excellent work of their shadow quality assurance group. The group makes sure service users are heard and that they have a voice in the governance of the service.
Single point of access, children and young people’s services, Durham and Darlington
This hard working team introduced the single point of access which dramatically reduced waiting times for initial assessment from 98 days to just seven for children and young people.
Outstanding initiative – non-clinical services
This award was an opportunity to showcase best practice and innovation. It was presented to a non-clinical team or individual who had developed and successfully implemented a new / improved service or delivered a successful project which has had a positive impact on front-line services.
The Smoking cessation project
This project team’s enthusiasm, commitment and passion made a real positive difference to the lives of service users, carers and staff and creating a smokefree trust
The Information service desk
This vital service introduced daily lean management and dramatically improved the quality of their service by reducing waiting times and providing speedier resolutions.
Chairman’s award for everyday excellence
Chosen by the Trust chairman, Lesley Bessant, this award recognised a loyal committed and flexible member of staff who can always be relied on.
Nicky Harmer, clinical nurse specialist, children and young people’s services North End House, Durham
Described as a brilliant ambassador for the Trust and her service Nicky was awarded for her commitment to improving and raising the profile of children and young people’s services and TEWV.
Marie Mitchell, community mental health nurse, adult mental health services in Redcar and Cleveland affective disorders team, Foxrush House, Redcar
Marie was nominated by a service user for her unwavering support and helping them to turn their life around.
Read about everyone shortlisted and their contribution to TEWV in our Superstars magazine, which was given out at the awards ceremony as a memento.
Our Facebook photo albums
Take a look at the photographs of this year’s winners and the special awards evening.