Mental health trust rewarded

Staff who care for people needing mental health support and care in Norfolk have been presented with awards.

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) held its Staff Excellence Awards to reward the efforts of some of their team.

They included:

Jennifer Manson Volunteer, a Recovery College Peer Tutor and Expert by Experience with the Waveney Recovery Team, who won the Positive Impact Award for her work on Recovery College projects. Her own experience helped ensure the design of an evaluation project was more accessible and effective.

Carl Coughlin, who works as a Lived Experience Knowledge and Understanding Framework Trainer, won a Special Recognition Award for his work volunteering tirelessly for nearly a decade on the Trust’s personality disorder strategy helping improve services, change ways of working and enhance staff training.

Joy in Work Award nominees went above and beyond to support colleagues

Lucia Hanning-Heskett, Clinical Team Lead for Norfolk Secure Service Community Team at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, won the Joy in Work Award. Judges awarded this to Lucia as she has been integral to reinventing the Suffolk Forensic Community Mental Health Team while also leading the equivalent team in Norfolk. L

Another Joy in Work Award nominee, Jodie Millard, who is Staff Wellbeing Co-ordinator, won a Special Recognition Award on the night. This recognised how Jodie’s passion and dedication have made a significant difference to the lives of her colleagues.

Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive at NSFT, said: “We are immensely proud of the commitment to excellence of all the inspirational people who were nominated for these awards. The 460 award nominations received reflect the hard work done to improve the experience of service users and our staff over the last year and a half.

“I’m delighted we are able to recognise those who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to making our organisation a great place to work and improving the services we deliver. All nominees should be proud of the work they do, the differences they make to the lives of the people we serve, and the support they provide to fellow colleagues.”

Full list of winners

  • Haley Gosling Award: John-Paul Gartland, Peer Support Worker
  • People’s Choice Award: Dr Shamim Ruhi, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Working Together Award: Ipswich IDT Adult, East Suffolk
  • Joy in Work Award: Lucia Hanning-Heskett, Clinical Team Lead for Suffolk Forensic Community Mental Health Team
  • Inspiration Award: Dr Yasir Hameed, Consultant Psychiatrist, Lead of ‘SHIFA’ Specialist Services
  • Encouraging Participation Award: The NSFT Pride Committee
  • Positive Impact Award: Jennifer Manson, Volunteer
  • Spotlight Award: Alison Gamble, Financial Services Officer
  • Star Award: David Brown, Intensive Support Team
  • Special Recognition Awards: Jodie Millard, Staff Wellbeing Co-ordinator and Carl Coughlin, Lived Experience Knowledge and Understanding Framework Trainer