All the winners from Positive Achievements 2016

Positive Achievement Awards 2016

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 the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.

The theme of the evening was ‘care to celebrate’ and around 400 staff, service users and carers were treated to a great evening marking the achievements of friends and work colleagues, which was hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips.

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:

Innovation Award


The Life Rooms team successfully fought off tough opposition to win the Innovation Award for the work they have done in breathing new life into the former Walton Library. The stunning restoration has transformed the much-loved building into a community hub for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing.

The Life Rooms is now used as a base for a range of life opportunities for service users and carers and provides services to the wider community in a way that challenges stigma and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

Improving the Service User Experience


John Gerrard, a deputy team manager with the Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Team (DART) won this award for trying to improve service user experience by improving services and demonstrating partnership working with other NHS Trusts and partners in the charity sector.

His achievements include developing and delivering an outreach clinic in Midmay Hostel to improve access to addiction services, delivering an outreach pregnancy clinic at the Women’s Hospital and working alongside the ‘Genie in the Gutter’ charity to set up an addictions clinic.

Outstanding in Support Services


This award was won by Christine Smith, a support worker with the Brain Rehabilitation Unit, who goes “above and beyond” what is expected of her and provides extra care to the service users in her care.

Christine sets a great example to student nurses, challenging bad practice and always stresses the importance of never compromising on standards of care. She demonstrates kindness and empathy and remains hugely popular with all of her patients.

Recovery Champion

The Media Crew, within the specialist learning disability division, support the delivery of key messages about current changes within the hospital, such as care and treatment reviews and internet safety. The ideas, planning and story-boarding, including script writing, is completed by the Media Crew.


The Media Crew enables the development of individuals’ self-esteem and confidence - it enables self-identity and skills to increase. Working within a group, service users develop their social, cognitive and motor skills. Individuals who are part of the Crew have their own personal goals within the group which supports their treatment and care as part of their recovery.

 Health and Wellbeing Campaigner


The Musician in Residence Programme, run in partnership between Mersey Care and Liverpool’s Philharmonic Orchestra, is this year’s Health and Wellbeing Campaigner award winner. It began in 2008 and expanded across 18 of the Trust’s sites by 2015-16, delivering more than 3,500 sessions to more than 24,000 service users within inpatient and community settings.

The benefits and outcomes from individual involvement with the inpatient programme include supporting recovery, improving health and wellbeing of service users, reducing isolation, increasing confidence and the participation of service users through high quality musical and skills development. The community programme offers a transitional route that supports individuals across different stages of their recovery.

 Commitment in Clinical Care

Another joint project, this time the Beacon Personality Disorder Treatment Unit, won the Commitment in Clinical Care award for its service run by prison officers and a range of clinicians to deliver a range of treatment interventions and therapies to imprisoned men across the North of England.


The award is a triumph for the manner in which two different organisations can work together effectively in a shared vision. They remain committed to improving the clinical care they provide and despite ongoing hostility, the team look to resolve any and all situations without recourse to physical intervention. The team are also on the verge of being ratified as an ‘Enabling Environment’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Your Choice


The Early Intervention Team’s Allotment Group, based at Mossley Hill Hospital, won the ‘Your Choice’ award for establishing an area that grows fruit, flowers and vegetables and also provides a relaxing environment for service users to meet with peers.

The group has also created a memorial garden in memory of two members of the team that have passed away recently, manager Julie Clitheroe and support worker Marie Walker. All members of the group were involved in the planning for the project and Dobbie’s Garden Centre presented the team with a ‘Here We Grow’ award, which ensured they donated many of the items for the memorial garden.


Lifetime Achievement


Barbara Welch has won the lifetime achievement award for her dedication and commitment in helping a number of Chief Executives as their executive personal assistant. She is due to retire at Christmas after first joining the NHS in 1990 and is always the first person those around her approach for help.

Winner of the ‘Outstanding in Support Services’ category last year, Barbara has a reputation for going out of her way to help others and has an unshakeable respect for the people she deals with and always presents the Trust in the best possible light.


Chairman’s Award


This year’s chairman’s award goes to Brian and Martin Murphy, a father and son team, who have become key members of Mersey Care’s volunteering programme.

Martin began volunteering with the Trust almost 10 years ago and overcomes both mental and physical health challenges. He provides befriending support to patients in Ashworth Hospital and also volunteers at Clock View, where he fulfils a role to meet and greet people on their arrival at the hospital and also represents service users on the Council of Governors.

His Dad, Brian, now also volunteers and carries out recruitment and selection work. He also sits on the Trust’s Capital Investment Group and has recently been elected as a Carer Governor. They provide a great example of service user and carer engagement and fully justify our first ever joint Chairman’s award.


Employee of the Year


Klark Cowperthwaite, an activity worker on the Brunswick Ward at the Broadoak Unit, won the prestigious Employee of the Year award for his warm approach and caring manner towards staff and service users.

Having started on the ward as an apprentice, Klark earned his longer term role for his work with service users, encouraging them to get involved in projects like developing a papier mache mould of a minion while he has also been instrumental in completing suicide safety plans with service users on the ward.

Team of the Year



Facing stiff competition for the team of the year award, Allerton Ward based at the Rathbone Unit claimed the prestigious prize for the increasing the number of activities both on and off the ward for their service users.

Those activities include an on-going patient and carer forum which gives service users, families and friends the chance to voice their opinions on improving the service, regular community meetings are held by different members of the clinical team and they have established a recovery garden project that gives service users the chance to create a colourful and vibrant outdoor environment from scratch.


Winner of Winners


Congratulations to Christine Smith, this year's 'winner of winners.' She was given an enthusiastic ovation from the guest on the evening, who had voted for her out of all the other winners on the night.