The sterling efforts of NHS staff who help people safeguard their wellbeing, support carers and have even helped saved lives have been named as finalists in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)’s Public Choice awards.CBT Therapist Peter Smith-Howells, Howard Tidman, Mandy Halliday, Emma Thomas and Tiffany Cecchini who run carers’ support groups, and Owen Mutton, Criminal Justice Recovery Worker, have been shortlisted after they were nominated by members of the public in the adult services category.The winner will be announced as part of the Trust’s Putting People First Awards during an event at Sprowston Manor, near Norwich, on 5 May.It is the first time NSFT has invited the public to nominate their mental health heroes for an award. People were given the chance to send in entries in two categories – children, families and young people’s services and adults services.Peter, who works with the Suffolk Wellbeing Service, received more than 10 nominations from grateful service users after helping them to live a better life. ‘Calm, polite and friendly’, the support he provides has helped people manage recurring depression without the use of medication, while others have overcome phobias to go on to fulfilling careers.
“I am indebted to Peter for his teaching,” read one nomination. “His quiet, calm manner is the key to his effective teaching of meditation, and I would say this has helped many people in their struggle with depression and anxiety.”Carers’ support groups in Norwich and Lowestoft also received multiple nominations. Always on hand to offer a listening ear and practical support, their meetings are unhurried, respectful and offer everyone an equal opportunity to express their concerns.“Their attitude is always positive and non-judgmental and I always leave meetings feeling uplifted,” read one of the nominations. “I cannot praise these dedicated and caring individuals highly enough. They deserve recognition and thanks for their selfless commitment to caring for the carers.”Owen’s nomination came after he helped a vulnerable and isolated service user to turn their life around after they hit their “lowest point” and were considering suicide. Described as “remarkably caring and understanding”, Owen provided unrivalled one-to-one support at his base with the Norfolk Recovery Partnership.The service user said: “Due to Owen’s support, I am now back with my family and will be eternally grateful to him. He is such a kind and considerate person and always goes the extra mile to help. I believe I owe him my life.”Michael Scott, NSFT Chief Executive, said:“We have been blown away by the calibre and quantity of the nominations we received, which reflect the respect and gratitude which so many people feel towards our dedicated staff.“We look forward to celebrating these achievements publicly when we present our awards next month.”
In addition to the Public Choice awards categories, staff from across the Trust have nominated colleagues for accolades in an additional nine categories, including inspirational leader, emerging talent and unsung hero.
The awards have been sponsored by media company Archant and Sprowston Manor.
The finalists in all of the awards categories are: Clinical Achievement Award • Howard Muzire, Charge Nurse, Norvic Clinic, nr Norwich• Nesta Reeve, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Wellbeing Services • Clinical Supervision Team, Coastal Interdisciplinary Delivery Team, SuffolkEmerging Talent Award (Clinical)• Haley Gosling, Peer Support Worker, Thurne Ward, Hellesdon Hospital• Gemma Gray, Mental Health Nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service • Rebekah Steadman, Apprentice Support Worker, Children, Families and Young People’s Services - Great Yarmouth and WaveneyEmerging Talent Award (Non-Clinical)• Sophy Clarke, ICT Senior Service Desk Technician• Darren Howman, Patient Safety Team Administrator• Shoky Carter, Senior Management Support Administrator, Compass Outreach Team, Children, Families and Young People’s Services - Great Yarmouth and WaveneyInnovation Award• eMMa (Electronic Medicines Management Administration) • Ronnie Simpson, Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) Clinical Educator• Norfolk Parent Infant Mental Health Attachment ProjectInspirational Leader Award• Denise Grimes, Service Operations Manager, Norfolk Recovery Partnership• Dr Sarah Maxwell, Consultant Psychiatrist, Children, Families and Young People’s Services - Great Yarmouth and Waveney• Karen Clements, Locality Services Manager, Secure ServicesPartnership Working Award• Veterans Stabilisation Programme • Compass Outreach Team, Children, Families and Young People’s Services - Great Yarmouth and Waveney• Boston Lodge Community Youth Project, Children, Families and Young People Services - Great Yarmouth and WaveneyTeam of the Year Award• Thurne Ward, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich• Foxhall House, St Clement’s Hospital, Ipswich• Rollesby Ward, Hellesdon Hospital, NorwichUnsung Hero Award (Clinical)• Teresa Neil, Assistant Practitioner, Children, Families and Young People’s Services - Great Yarmouth and Waveney• Karon O’Flanagan, Substance Misuse Nurse, Norfolk Recovery Partnership• Dr Andrew Tarbuck, Consultant Psychiatrist, Julian Hospital, NorwichUnsung Hero Award (Non-Clinical)• Emma Corlett, Youth Participation Project Lead• Isabel Pollock, Business Support Manager, Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney• Paul Johnson, Organisational Development ManagerPublic Choice Award: Children, Families and Young People Services• Emma Wigley, Assistant Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Central Norfolk• Daisy Corby, Staff Nurse, Adolescent Unit, Airey Close, nr Lowestoft, Suffolk• Jude Applin, Senior Nurse, Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, Central NorfolkPublic Choice Award: Adult Services• Peter Smith-Howells, CBT Therapist, Suffolk Wellbeing • Carers’ Support Groups: Norwich and Lowestoft (Howard Tidman, Mandy Halliday, Emma Thomas and Tiffany Cecchini)• Owen Mutton, Criminal Justice Recovery Worker, Norfolk Recovery Partnership
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