Suffolk NHS workers receive recognition and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Staff Excellence Awards
Several Suffolk NHS employees were awarded for their dedication and commitment to serving their communities at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) awards last Friday (November 16)
The ceremony, which took place at Trinity Park, in Ipswich, was hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Georgy Jamieson, and was a chance for team members to celebrate their work with colleagues and service users from across the two counties.
There were 10 awards given out on the night.
Caroline Donovan, chief executive at NSFT, said: “We are immensely proud of the commitment to excellence of all the inspirational people who were nominated for these awards.
“The 460 award nominations received reflect the hard work done to improve the experience of service users and our staff over the last year and a half.
“I’m delighted we are able to recognise those who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to making our organisation a great place to work and improving the services we deliver.”
John-Paul Gartland, a peer support worker at Cedar House in Ipswich, took home the Haley Gosling Award.
Being familiar with the priciples of recovery helped John-Paul, using experience to develop relationships with service users to explain care in a relatable way.
Jennifer Manson, a volunteer Recovery College Peet Tutor and Expert by Experience with Waveney Recovery team, received the Positive Impact Award, for her work on Recovery College projects.
Her lived experience helped her to improve the design of an evaluation project to make it more accessible and effective.
Lucia Hanning-Heskett, clinical team lead for Norfolk Secure Service Community Team at Hellesdon Hospital, was integral to the reinvention of the Suffolk Forensie Community Mental Health Team.
Doing this, alongside leading the Norfolk equivalent, saw her be the recipient of the Joy in Work award.
Dr Shamim Ruhi, who works at the Willows Ward at Woodlands in Ipswich, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
He was nominated five times by service users for his commitment to transforming lives and making a real difference, with one nomination saying: “I am very impressed by the treatment, care and support that Dr Ruhi and his team have provided – it has given me a new lease of life.”
Car Coughlin works as a lived experience knowledge and understanding framework trainer, and won a Special Recognition Award for his volunteer action on the Trust’s personality disorder strategy for nearly a decade.
Carl has a unique lived experience of recovery and management of complex needs which he brings to staff training, changing ways of working and enhancing services.
Full list of winners:
Haley Gosling Award: John-Paul Gartland, peer support Worker
People's Choice Award: Dr Shamim Ruhi, consultant psychiatrist
Working Together Award: Ipswich IDT Adult, East Suffolk
Joy in Work Award: Lucia Hanning-Heskett, clinical team lead for Suffolk Forensic Community Mental Health Team
Inspiration Award: Dr Yasir Hameed, consultant psychiatrist, Lead of 'SHIFA' Specialist Services
Encouraging Participation Award: The NSFT Pride Committee
Positive Impact Award: Jennifer Manson, volunteer
Spotlight Award: Alison Gamble, financial services officer
Star Award: David Brown, intensive support team
Special Recognition Awards: Jodie Millard, staff wellbeing co-ordinator and Carl Coughlin, lived experience knowledge and understanding framework trainer