Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Celebrating our staff at annual awards ceremony

At our latest staff excellence awards over 200 staff, volunteers, family and friends gathered at the Molineux stadium to celebrate staff achievements and Trust successes.

Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle opened the celebrations with a heart-warming speech talking passionately about the outstanding efforts, and innovative work that has taken place across the Trust over the last 12 months, and commended staff and volunteers for their continued care, commitment and dedication. Lesley said, “The staff awards are a highlight of my year and always make me proud of our BCPFT family.” 

This year there were 12 categories of award including: distinguished service award, divisional star awards, volunteer/ expert by experience of the year, and as a tribute to Cariss Evans, a member of staff who sadly passed away in service last year, the Carris Evans rising star award.

Pat Brown and Crumble the therapy dog won this year’s the volunteer award with Pat commenting, “I’m delighted that we’ve won this award. We love visiting Penn Hospital because we get the most wonderful reaction from people. Crumble really impacts on the lives of the patients, and when we get positive feedback it really makes me feel we’ve done something useful.” As well as celebrating our award winners, we also had an uplifting presentation from gold medal winning para-canoe world record holder, Emma Wiggs who received a standing ovation for her inspirational presentation, and Jeremy Vanes, Trust Chair, welcomed twenty long serving members of staff to the stage to receive a cheque and certificate in recognition of their commitment to the NHS having served 25 years of service.

The event finale was a raffle with a range of fabulous prizes donated to the Trust from local businesses and individuals which helped raise £385, the proceeds of which will go to the Trust’s charity for the benefit of our patients. Finally, a big thank you went to our sponsors Absolute Interpreting Services, Mills and Reeve, and ITworks Health, for helping make the evening such a success.