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Celebrating staff achievements at Trust awards: Past, present and the future.

DSC 6543Staff at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their contribution at the Trust's annual staff awards on Tuesday 12th September 2017. More than 100 staff and guests gathered at The Copthorne Hotel, Dudley for the awards ceremony hosted by Martyn Jinks, Trust Chaplain.

Opening the ceremony, Chief Executive Tracy Taylor congratulated all those shortlisted.

She said: “These awards recognise dedicated teams and individuals in both clinical and non-clinical areas who exemplify our Trust’s vision and values, and go all out to make Black Country Partnership a place where people really do matter.”

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, and CBRE.

For her dedication to patients in aiding them with stopping smoking and ensuring this was led by patients to enable a smooth transition, Carol Wilson were crowned the winner of the Making a Difference Award.

Expert by Experience, Sue Ralph received the Recognising Our Volunteers and Service User Partners Award for her invaluable assistance in helping set up a series of initiatives across mental health throughout her 10 years of volunteering including the Make a Difference group and more recently the new ‘Co-Production in Action’ workbook.

Apprentice of the Year went to Adilah Hussain for her outstanding commitment and exemplary attitude, excelling within her Clinical Administrative role. 

The Children’s Assessment Unit, was awarded the Working Together Award for their development of a pathway from children that require autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis and with physical disabilities that has seen waiting times reduce from 6 months to 16 weeks. The pathway has helped ensure children can now be seen in the nursery setting or the community to meet their needs.

The Divisional Excellence Award for Mental Health services was awarded to the Sandwell Older Adults Home Treatment Team who in their first year of activity achieved 19.2% over its expected contract target despite having a short fall in staff numbers over the year. With hard work and dedication the team have endeavoured to deliver a quality of service by involving people in individualised care plans and showed commitment to the person whilst ensuring their views are respected and supported.

The Wolverhampton Early Intervention Service 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 Aisha Kauser (Matron) who has been a pioneer in the development of care pathways demonstrating a high level of commitment to the forensic pathways used daily to help empower service users in their recovery.

Receptionist, Valerie Bridge received the Divisional Excellence Award for Corporate Services for the way in which she has demonstrated trust behaviours during her 10 years working at Black Country Partnership while providing excellent front of house support offering an ear for many staff and aiding with great camaraderie around Trust Headquarters.

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 Liz and David Gratwick for their tireless work within Older Adult services. Staff joined together in paying an emotional tribute to Liz, who sadly passed earlier on in the year, thanking her for her support in championing Trust services.

Attendees were also treated to a video which celebrated the past, present and future of the Trust, encapsulating memorable moments of the Trust and achievements from a variety of staff.

Closing the awards ceremony, Jo Newton, Chairman said, “It has been my privilege to share the day 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. You can find out more about our sponsors by visiting Absolute Interpreting's website* and CBRE's website*.

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* Absolute Interpreting and Translations Ltd is a leading UK based International Translation and Interpreting Company providing world class translation, interpreting, transcription, language and cultural consultancy services nationally and internationally in over 315 languages. Absolute is the only Midland based company accredited by three international accreditation of ISO9001 (2009), ISO27001 (2013) and ISO17100 (2015).

* CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm supporting facilities management, engineering and technical professionals help enhance the Trust’s workplace and improve efficiency by providing consistent services, combined with locally tailored, customisable solutions. They self-perform technical services in more countries than any other provider, helping ensure your workplace runs as smoothly as possible.