The hard work and dedication of mental health and social care staff from across 2gether NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.
The 10th Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCAs) took place at Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester, this evening (3 March).
More than 140 staff, volunteers, service users and carers from across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire attended and awards were presented in 10 categories.
In addition, long service awards were presented to staff who have given either 20, 30 or 40 years’ dedication to the NHS, totalling an impressive 1,670 YEARS between them.
Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our ROSCAs celebrate the dedication, compassion and commitment of those who work on behalf of the trust to provide mental health services across the two counties, striving to improve life for those in our communities.
“It is an honour to be able to recognise the devotion of these teams and individuals, and to celebrate the huge difference they have made to the lives of individuals and families”.
“As well as congratulating the winners, we should also congratulate all those who were nominated; it is inspiring to hear about their work and they all provide a service of the highest quality, for which they should receive our sincere thanks.”
Shaun Clee, Chief Executive, 2gether, said: “This is the tenth year we have run the ROSCAs and it is always a privilege to have the opportunity to recognise, say thank you and celebrate publicly the caring and compassionate way in which our colleagues carry out their work in our local communities.
“Everyone nominated for a ROSCA represents the best of what 2gether is about, and highlights the strong foundations this trust is built upon, and I thank each and every one of them.
“I am also delighted to be able to recognise colleagues receiving their long service awards this evening. Between them, they have given more than 1,670 years’ service to the NHS; a wealth of care, compassion and dedication which we thank them for.”
More than 275 nominations were made for this year’s awards. Nominations are made by staff, service users, carers and the general public. The ROSCAs judging panel consisted of service users, trust governors, trade unions and sponsors.
The 2016 ROSCAs were sponsored by Alpha Colour Printers, West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN), Midcounties Co-operative and Gloucestershire Young Carers.
The list of winners is as follows:
- Unsung Hero – Kevin Hall, Health Records Department Volunteer
- Valuing Diversity – Children and Young People Service/Learning Disability Team
- Carer and Service User Involvement – Gemma Coltraro, Ward Manager at Mulberry Ward, Charlton Lane Hospital
- Service Users and Carers Choice – Vicky Mullholland, Community Mental Health Nurse, Forest of Dean
- Award for Innovation – Robin McCarthy, Art Psychotherapist, Herefordshire
- Clinical Team of the Year – Willow Ward, Charlton Lane Hospital
- Non-Clinical Team of Year – Collingwood House Administration Team
- Best Supporting Colleague – Dr Simon Christopherson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tewkesbury
- Best Supporting Manager – Ree Jefferies, Operational Manager/Clinical Lead, Herefordshire Learning Disability Service
- CEO Award for Outstanding Contribution – Bill Newton, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Gloucester and Forest of Dean Assertive Outreach Team