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Celebrating excellence

Over 150 staff from the Trust gathered at Banks's Stadium, Walsall, to celebrate the successes and achievements of their friends and colleagues at our 2014 Staff Achievement Awards.

The event was opened by Chris Oakes, Director of Workforce and Learning, who praised staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the Trust. This year's Mistress of ceremonies was the award-winning comedian and columnist, Shazia Mirza whose lively stand up kept the audience entertained, whilst presenting certificates and awards to staff in recognition of their achievements.

The awards ceremony, sponsored by some of the Trust's key suppliers: Absolute Interpreting and Translations Limited; Mills and Reeve and Rubicon Health Consulting, saw staff presented with awards that their colleagues and patients had nominated them for in recognition of their commitment to improving patient care.

Awards were also presented across the three divisions: mental health; children, young people and family services and learning disabilities, celebrating exceptional performance in each of the divisions.

The Macarthur Centre team in Sandwell won the Mental Health Divisional Excellence Award.  Michelle Young, manager at the centre said, "We're thrilled to have won this divisional award because it shows us that our hard work is recognised.  We are a close knit team and all work to support each other so that we can put the needs of our patients first. This ensures that patients get the care and support they need at a time when an intensive level of intervention is needed, and I have to thank all the team for their continued dedication and enthusiasm in providing high quality care in what can be a very challenging environment."

Volunteers working with the Trust were also recognised, the winner being Jeremy Grant who has championed the causes of those who have mental health needs through his writing of poetry, and the Trust's early dementia support group, highly commended, for their tireless work in offering support to its members, all of whom are under 65 years of age and have been diagnosed with dementia.

Twenty-nine long serving members of staff were also recognised for their commitment to the NHS having completed 25 years of service.

Speaking at the event, Karen Dowman, Chief Executive said: "This special event is a celebration of what our staff can and have achieved over the last year. We are celebrating the attainment of more and higher qualifications; long serving staff and recognising staff, nominated by colleagues and patients, for their outstanding contribution to patient care, and it always gives me great pleasure to mark the diverse successes of our workforce."