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People’s Choice finalists revealed

Three individuals who have gone the extra mile to support young service users on their road to recovery have been named as finalists in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Public Choice Awards.

Assistant Practitioner Emma Wigley, Staff Nurse Daisy Corby and Senior Nurse Jude Applin have all been shortlisted in the children, families and young people’s category after they were nominated by service users and carers. The winner will be announced as part of the Trust’s Putting People First Awards during 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 have been given the chance to send in entries in two categories – children, families and young people’ services and adult services.

Emma, who works in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Norfolk, was nominated by a service user whose life she helped rebuild after the teenager was left housebound due to crippling anxiety. A ‘fantastic listener’, Emma helped her feel valued while building her confidence to start doing new things and successfully apply for a college place.

“Emma is a credit to the service, I admire everything she does and I really believe she is amazing at her job,” read her nomination.

Daisy, who is based at the Adolescent Unit, at Airey Close, in Suffolk, was nominated by a carer for the patience and kindness she shows to service users. Her nomination praised the way she engages with young people and helps them express themselves, and her genuine desire to see people recover and return home.

Jude, who works with Norfolk’s Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, was nominated by a service user for making the recovery process feel “a little more normal” and “a lot less terrifying”.

She said: “Jude makes weekly weigh-ins bearable. She puts things into perspective for me and I’m only ever met with understanding which I am so, so grateful for. Conversations aren’t always focused around dark and depressing feelings – it’s a mix and match of happy and sad, laughter and crying, jokes and banter.

“I wouldn’t be making progress if it wasn’t for her and her spot-on approach to my case.”

Michael Scott, NSFT Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted to receive so many high quality nominations in the children, families and young people section of the Public Choice category. It shows the high regard in which service users and carers hold our staff and is a testament to their hard work and dedication.

“These awards will give us the chance to thank our staff publicly for the commitment during the year while recognising some of their fantastic achievements.”

In addition to the Public Choice awards, staff from across the Trust have also 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.

For more information or to read the nominations in full, visit