Our annual night to mark the outstanding, the innovative and the gifted was another huge success at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool. Following a theme of ‘care to celebrate’, 450 staff, service users and carers followed that mantra enthusiastically.
The guests were entertained by hosts Pete Price and Simon Ross from Radio City, they heard an engaging speech from Luciana Berger MP, the shadow minister for mental health, witnessed a standing ovation for a popular lifetime achievement winner and a moving tribute to a much loved and greatly missed former colleague and friend.
The Awards recognise the good work, commitment to caring, personal and collective achievement of everyone connected to mental health, learning disability and addiction services the length and breadth of Merseyside. The categories, including this year’s winners, are listed below.
Health Promotion Group, based at Ashworth Hospital, won the award for Dr Feelwell. It is the result of two years work from a core group of staff and patients to address an absence of appropriate health promotion resources within secure services.
Twelve key monthly health promotion messages such as, Healthy Heart, Get Active and Diabetes are delivered through simple content made into basic lesson plans which also helps to tackle stigma.
Improving the Service User Experience
The Integrated Frailty Team, based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, aspires to assess and discharge people within 72 hours and visit them within five days, helping them get back to their life at home.
Their work follows research that the longer a frail older person stays in hospital, the lower their chance of returning home
Outstanding in Support Services
The chief executive’s PA, Barbara Welch, won this award that recognises someone from a supporting role who regularly goes the extra mile.
Barbara is renowned for her positive attitude, using her wealth of knowledge and experience to help others in the workplace and is highly respected by colleagues, stakeholders, service users and carers alike.
John Sloan, a nursing assistant from Windsor Clinic, won this award for his work in volunteering to run the R-Space recovery group.
He believes passionately in the power of recovery and this dedication and commitment makes patients want to engage with him. He is a true role model for the rest of the team.
Health and Wellbeing Campaigner
There were two winners for this category, Phil Laing and Mark Bell, and The Health and Fitness Team at Scott Clinic.
Phil and Mark work in the early intervention team, providing health education around psychosis to young people through their Mind Zone board game, which involves moving around a board with squares covering topics such as common experiences and myths and facts around psychosis, to stimulate discussion.
The Health and Fitness Team has transformed Scott Clinic gym and run endless activities, prompting one service user to say: “They have had such a positive impact on my life, encouraging me to use the gym and motivating me.”
The Young Achiever
Barnardo’s Young Carers are real examples of triumph over adversity. They give their time to raise the profile of young carers and challenge stigma, they’ve presented at conferences, and appeared live on Adrian Chile’s radio show and on TV.
Commitment in Clinical Care
Our winner, Christine Fisher, is Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Mersey Care Local Division. Her nominator told judges she spends much of her time in the community and inpatient areas listening to what people have to say. She’s conscientious, hard working and flexible - in fact she never stops!
Your Choice and Winner of Winners
Early Intervention Team Manager Julie Clitheroe passed away earlier this year. In a moving tribute her nominator told judges: “Julie was the best manager I have ever had the privilege to work under.
"She nurtured the role, and the team. She searched for recruits who understood what early intervention was all about and then she taught them our ethos. She gave advice simply and practically, no airs or graces, what you saw was what you got. It's rare to come across someone with as much compassion and understanding as she had with patients – her empathy was clear to see.”
Team of the Year
The staff team from Acorn Ward, Mossley Hill Hospital offer support, advice, a shoulder to cry on or humour – in fact whatever’s needed. The Care Quality Commission specialist advisor was ‘completely bowled over' by the level of care. Developing human rights based care plans, where they get to know the person and not just the illness, is just one of their ways of making the care they provide the very best.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award pays tribute to years of dedication, recognising someone who has made a significant difference to the lives of service users, carers or staff over the lifetime of their career.
The winner was Carol Bernard, Director of Commissioning:
Don Bryant, service user, won this award for his inspiring determination to empower our service users and carers. His great ability, integrity, compassion and wisdom, together with his willingness to embrace change and opportunity, serve to make him one of our most respected and loved leaders.
Employee and Team of the Year
The staff team from Oak Ward, Mossley Hill Hospital, won Employee of the Year, voted for by an independent panel and drawn from winners of the Trust’s Employees of the Month.