Positive Achievement Awards 2017
Our very own ‘Oscars’ night, when the very best of Mersey Care is highlighted – from innovation to long service and raising standards of care – took place at another enjoyable Positive Achievements Awards at Anfield Football Club in Liverpool.
The theme of the evening was ‘care to celebrate’ and around 200 staff, service users and carers were treated to a great evening marking the achievements of friends and work colleagues, which was hosted by former service user and now Liverpool comedian Che Burnley.
The annual awards ceremony recognises the good work, commitment to caring and personal and collective achievement of those connected to mental health as nominated by staff, service users, carers and members of the public. The winners of each category are listed below:
Harrington Ward Psychology Team won the Innovation award for the work they’ve been doing with the self harm project, which has seen them establishing psychological based groups on the ward including the emotional coping skills group.
Improving the Service User Experience Award
Liverpool Hospital Mental Health Liaison Team fought off tough competition to win the Improving the Service User Experience award for continuing to provide front line assessment and signposting services to the population of Liverpool and surrounding areas.
Outstanding in Support Services Award
Section 136 Support Workers from the Royal Liverpool Hospital took home the Outstanding in Support Services award. The team, consistently face extraordinary challenges in their role which involves supporting service users (who are waiting to be seen or admitted) and their families.
Recovery Ambassador Award
The Life Rooms Pathway Service won the Recovery Ambassador Award for continually providing service users with high quality, practical help that is centred on their personal needs. This service covers the Life Rooms at Walton and Southport as well as outreach sessions at Toxteth Library.
Health and Wellbeing Campaigner Award
Maddy Vaz was awarded the Health and Wellbeing Campaigner award for taking the initiative to do something for her community. Identifying a need and starting something from scratch to make things better for others and in particular people struggling with the aftermath of drug addiction.
Commitment in Clinical Care Award
Bev Barrett, ward manager of Maplewood three took home the Commitment in Clinical Care award. Thanks to her strong work ethic and commitment to providing a positive environment for staff and service users, her ward was recently bench marked as a ‘gold standard ward’.
Your Choice Award
Sarah Chadwick received our Your Choice award, for enhancing the opportunities and the learning experiences of the student nurses on the ward. She is recognised as being a real asset to the Trust as a mentor dedicating her time, knowledge and expertise to the next generation of nurses.
Volunteer of the year Award
David Hartwell was the winner of the Volunteer of the year award, for always giving his 100% commitment to projects he’s involved in. David selflessly gives his time as a volunteer working alongside staff to ensure service users and carer’s perspectives are heard.
Lifetime achievement Award
Lucy Ditri won the lifetime achievement award for her years of dedication making a significant difference to the lives of service users, carers and staff in her role.
The Life Room’s Evaluation Crew won the Chairman’s award for making a special contribution to the lives of service users whilst also showing outstanding dedication to the work of the Trust.
Team of the Year Award
The Discharge Planning Team in South Sefton Community Division claimed the prestigious Team of the Year award for demonstrating their effectiveness in working together, showcasing shared values and working effectively with others to achieve success together.
Employee of the year Award
Stephanie Simmons won the highly coveted Employee of the Year award for going above and beyond in her role as a staff nurse, to help benefit and improve the lives of service users.
Winner of Winners Award
Congratulations to David Hartwell, this year's 'winner of winners.' He was given an enthusiastic and moving standing ovation from the guests on the evening, who had voted for him out of all the other winners on the night.