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Last chance to celebrate the mental health staff who "Put People First"

​Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is asking service users, carers and the public to help celebrate the staff who Put People First by inviting nominations for two special recognition awards.

The Trust is giving patients and the public the chance to thank staff who have made a difference to them by providing outstanding care and support by nominating them for a ‘Public Choice’ award in the Putting People First Awards 2018/19.

Nominations can be made in the ‘adults’ and ‘children’s, families and young people’s’ categories, and should explain why the individual deserves recognition and the impact their work has had on the nominee. Entries can be made online, by post or by picking up a leaflet from Trust premises, and must be received by midday on Friday 9 November.

NSFT Chief Executive Antek Lejk said: “We have already received some really excellent nominations praising the dedication of our staff and highlighting the difference they have made to the lives of our service users and carers.

“However, we are still keen to hear from more people so would encourage anyone who has used our services, or those close to them, to consider making a nomination and give us feedback on what they think about the care we offer.

“We’d also like other organisations and people who work with us or alongside our staff, such as the police, GPs or the voluntary sector, to tell us who they think deserves recognition. By sharing these stories of positive mental healthcare, we will help raise awareness and reduce the stigma around talking about mental health issues.

“So please, take the time to share your positive stories about the care you’ve received from those very committed people in our Trust. We will hold these examples of excellent care up to the rest of our organisation, encouraging and inspiring everyone to follow their lead while better shaping our services in the future.”

People can nominate in two categories:

• Outstanding Care and Compassion Award (Children’s, Families and Young People) 
This could include nominations of NSFT teams and staff working in the children’s learning disabilities services, child and adolescent mental health services, wellbeing and perinatal and infant mental health services 

• Outstanding Care and Compassion Award (Adults) 
This could include nominations of NSFT teams and staff working in the community, within inpatient units, older people’s services including those for dementia, secure, learning disabilities and wellbeing services.

Archant is the media sponsor for the awards celebration, which will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019 at Trinity Park, Ipswich. During the evening the winners in all awards categories will be announced, including Team of the Year, Emerging Talent, Inspirational Leader and Unsung Hero.

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How to nominate: 
You can nominate any current member of NSFT staff, volunteer, team or service for an award if they have provided care or support to you or someone you know in the last 12 months.

You can do this online at, where you can also read all about the nominations and finalists in the coming weeks and find out more about the awards.

Nominations should be received by midday on Friday 9 November, and are welcome from:

• People who have received care from NSFT 
• Someone close to a person who has received care from NSFT 
• From an organisation or individual working alongside our Trust who has witnessed excellent care provided by NSFT 

Alternatively, you can fill in a nomination form found at our centres of care and other health and care locations around Norfolk and Suffolk, or request a hard copy by emailing or calling 01603 421120.


Flashback to the Putting People First Awards 2016 – Emma Wigley, who was then working for NSFT as an Assistant Practitioner, won a Public Choice award. Emma, who is now training as a Child and Young Person’s Wellbeing Practitioner, triumphed in the Outstanding Care and Compassion Award (Children’s, Families and Young People) category.

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