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Celebrating staff achievements at Trust’s Excellence Awards

DSC 5559Staff at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their contribution at the Trust’s annual staff awards on Monday 25 July 2016. More than 150 staff and guests gathered at West Bromwich Albion Football Club for the awards ceremony hosted by Martyn Jinks, Trust Chaplain.

Opening the ceremony, Chief Executive Karen Dowman congratulated all those shortlisted.

She said: “This event is to celebrate your achievements and all of the hard work you do, whether you work in a clinical environment or provide support services behind the scenes.”

She added that the awards would not have been possible without the passion of staff and the incredible generosity of the event sponsors: Absolute Interpreting, Mills and Reeve, CBRE, Esteem, Primera Healthcare and Internet Central.

For their dedication in demonstrating the 6Cs, trust values and ensuring everyone that encounters their service is treated as an individual, the Therapy and Recovery Unit were crowned the winner of the Making a Difference Award.

Clinical Exercise Instructor at Penn Hospital, Zoe Murphy received the Recognising Our Volunteers and Service User Partners Award for her invaluable assistance in helping the Clinical Exercise Team deliver gym activities and fitness classes.

Apprentice of the Year went toJessica Doleman for her outstanding commitment and exemplary attitude, excelling within her Corporate Administrative role. 


Jacqui Ennis, Acute Liaison Nurse was awarded the Working Together Award. Described by one colleague as “a wonderful example of how one nurse has really gone above and beyond to make a difference through her innovation and courageous practice.”

The Divisional Excellence Award for Mental Health services was awarded to the Recovery College for being a real driving force in empowering service users and carers in their recovery needs.

The Family Nurse Partnership were awarded the Divisional Excellence Award for Children, Young People and Families for the professional and personal skills support they provide to vulnerable and underrepresented groups to ensure their voices are heard.

The Divisional Excellence Award for Learning Disabilities was awarded to the Behaviour Swap Pack project. The team – made up of Lucy Courtney Brisbane, Dawn Johns, Ruth Harvey-Regan and Emma Donoghue - won the award for the development of the pack which supports service users to demonstrate positive, inclusive behaviours. This project has also been shortlisted for two Nursing Times awards, an event which will take place later on this year in London.

Senior Communications Manager, Kate Pritchard received the Divisional Excellence Award for Corporate Services for her positive support to the Communications Team and her dedication in taking forward the communications of our new partnership, Transforming Care Together.


Staff who had reached the milestone of 25 years’ service were also recognised, along with those who had achieved a range of qualifications and participated in training programmes enhancing their skills.

The highlight of the awards ceremony was the presentation of a Special Recognition Award to Karen Dowman for her tireless service, 40 years within the NHS and 21 years at the Trust. Staff joined together in paying an emotional tribute to Karen, thanking her for her continued support and championing of the Trust’s services. They also shared a farewell video that captured memories and dedications from staff across the Trust.

Closing the awards ceremony, Jo Newton, Chairman said, “It has been my privilege to share the afternoon with you and to hear more about our fantastic services and staff commitment here at the Trust.”

“I am sure we have all seen and felt the care, respect and responsibility shown by all nominees. Long may it continue for all our service users, carers, families and the local community.” 

For more images from the event visit Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Facebook page.

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