After much debate and deliberation, our illustrious judging panel has chosen the shortlist for our 2016 Delivering Excellence Awards.
These are the individuals and teams who will be invited to our awards ceremony on Thursday 29 November, along with Trust staff who have provided 40 years' service to the NHS.
In alphabetical order (by first name), the shortlisted nominees in each category are…
Compassion in practice award
Anthony Newman, Nursing Assistant – Kedleston Unit, Kingsway Site
Anthony was nominated by a service receiver for the time and support he offered the individual upon their admission. His continued compassionate care not only assisted this person to settle into the ward but provided the necessary support throughout their entire stay at the unit too.
Bridget Teehan, Nursing Assistant – Kedleston Unit, Kingsway Site
Bridget was nominated by a number of Kedleston Unit service receivers for being an approachable and down to earth character. Her patients often say that Bridget brightens up their day, is caring and compassionate and always offers a listening ear.
Jan Brown, Occupational Therapist/Case Manager – Early Intervention Service, St James House, Derby
Jan was nominated by a carer for being a “tower of strength” and for her vital role in improving the quality of their daughter’s life. Her inspiring work helped this young person on her recovery journey after experiencing a psychotic episode and being sectioned with a diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia.
Chris Cowans, Substance Misuse Project Worker – Erewash House, Ilkeston
Chris has shown great motivation and hard work in developing the service receiver involvement at Derbyshire Substance Misuse Service’s Erewash House in Ilkeston. Chris has introduced new activities for service receivers such as boxercise and wash-arts, and has started up a café run by service receivers themselves.
Lisa Heeley, Paediatric Therapy Assistant Practitioner – The Lighthouse, Derby
Lisa organises an annual event with Whizz Kidz charity year in year out. This is a group event over the summer holidays where young wheelchair users get to meet other wheelchair uses and learn new skills.
The Psychiatry Teaching Unit – Radbourne Unit, Derby
This is a service that “embeds the voice of the service receiver at the heart of its team," making them feel valued and supported. Service receivers and people with lived experience of mental ill health are encouraged to contribute to the teaching of undergraduate medical students and, by doing so, help those students and also increase their own confidence.
Janet Taylor, Paediatric Occupational Therapist – The Lighthouse, Derby
Janet has put together a new programme for fine motor skills which will be rolled out to schools, when finalised. This programme will enhance the prospects of many children across the city and county and empower teachers to identify activities to help children with fine motor problems.
Serena Thorley, Nursing Assistant – Morton Ward, Hartington Unit, Chesterfield
Thanks to Serena, the Trust now has its very own salon. Serena opened “Serena’s Salon” on Morton Ward at the Hartington Unit to offer patients a therapeutic place for relaxation. Serena also provides mindfulness sessions to the ward’s patients and is a very valued member of the team.
Wendy Stevenson, Memory Assessment Service Nurse – Memory Assessment Service, St Andrews House, Derby
Wendy turned the idea of ‘twiddle muffs’ into a reality. These are knitted cuffs that sit on the arm of patients with advanced dementia. The muffs are now used across the Trust’s older people’s services to prevent service receivers from picking at their skin or pulling their cannula out, for example.
Inspirational leader award
Deborah Hargreaves, Team Manager – LD Assessment Treatment and Support Service, St Andrews House, Derby
Deborah has worked tirelessly to develop the Trust’s Assessment, Treatment and Support Service for people with learning disabilities. Furthermore Debbie provides a “stable and empathetic ear” and guidance to enable her team to build upon their strengths.
Elizabeth Banahan, Team Manager – YPSS/CAMHS Eating Disorders Service, Temple House, Derby
Elizabeth received four nominations from colleagues expressing their appreciation of her leadership skills, motivation and coaching abilities. Not only has Liz developed the Trust’s exciting "Assist" pilot assessment service for children and young people, she has also led the setting up of the CAMHS Eating Disorders service.
Dr Matthew Vinecombe, Clinical Psychologist – Temple House, Derby
Matthew is a “true leader” who designed, set up and delivered the county’s Multi-Systemic Therapy Service. The service was rated as a platinum service in the Trust’s Quality Awards, with strong clinical outcomes for families. MST was a model before its time in developing restorative care for families in distress.
Derby Children’s Health Facebook team – Children’s Services, Cardinal Square, Derby
Staff from Children's Services have created a Facebook page in partnership with Derby City Council to provide advice and support to parents and carers of children in Derby - this is a first for the city. The social media channel has been an overwhelming success with posts often reaching over 1,000 people. One educational post event went viral, reaching 152,933 users.
Early Intervention Service and 'Jumpz' – St James House, Derby
Our Early Intervention Service has worked alongside Jumpz to deliver a programme to our service receivers based upon shared goals of making exercise fun and inspiring those individuals to stay physically fit and maintain control of weight related issues.
Louise Herron, Occupational Therapist – Chesterfield Central Neighbourhood Team, 42 St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield
Louise has worked collaboratively in partnership with the Chesterfield Football Community Trust to deliver an innovative programme called ‘Spireites Active for Life’. The programme helps individuals who have a severe mental health problem to learn about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and support healthier lifestyle changes.
Rising star award
Andrew Johnson, Lead Nurse – Chesterfield Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Hartington Unit, Chesterfield
Andy was involved in the launch of providing of in-reach services in north Derbyshire. Following this he has continued to deliver and co-ordinate complex projects. His 'can do' attitude is without question, and "everyone should have an Andy in their team."
Joanne Wombwell, Team Manager and Dementia Lead – Bolsover & Clay Cross Neighbourhood Service, The Old Vicarage, Bolsover
Joanne received two nominations from colleagues for the way she stepped into Neighbourhood management with great enthusiasm at a time when the Neighbourhood teams were being introduced. She has been "extremely supportive" to colleagues at a time of great change and has suggested "numerous innovative ideas to help the service move forward."
Kerry Knox, Registered Nurse – Ward 2, London Road Community Hospital, Derby
Kerry became an acting lead nurse on Ward 2 in March 2016. She has taken a lead role in involving carers and has motivated the team to consider carers' needs and carers' assessments. Kerry is highly professional at all times and an outstanding role model to junior staff.
Unsung hero award
Martin Shaw, Domestic – St Andrews House, Derby
Martin goes out of his way to help others and to ensure that the cleaning and maintenance of St Andrews House is coordinated in a way that minimises disruption to others. To maximise the capacity of the car parking at St Andrews House, Martin has taken it upon himself to arrive early in the morning to help people park.
Mary Martin, Nursing Assistant – Audrey House, Derby
Over her 30 year career with the Trust Mary has gone above and beyond to ensure patients are supported and encouraged in all aspects of daily living. She regularly facilitates trips out for service receivers, in which she invites former patients to promote social inclusion.
Muriel Wesson, Coffee Shop Manager – Ashbourne Centre Coffee Shop, Kingsway Site, Derby
Before her retirement, Mu engaged with service receivers, carers and staff at the Ashbourne Centre coffee shop in a professional manner and was always happy to go that extra mile to ensure everyone had a variety of items available to purchase.
Helen Poli, Peer Support Worker – Hartington Unit, Chesterfield
Helen is constantly identifying new ways for service receivers to engage in the meaningful activities taking place at the unit’s Hub, thereby increasing their opportunity for social inclusion. She understands how it feels to be a patient on the ward and strives to use her lived experience to give others hope as part of their recovery journey.
Ian Judson, Peer Support Worker – Killamarsh & North Chesterfield Neighbourhood Service, Killamarsh Clinic, Killamarsh
With initial funding from the Trust Innovation Network, Ian has taken a lead with starting the Arts and Creative Community Workshop in Killamarsh. He is now making links throughout the community, reducing stigma around mental health issues and forging links with primary care and the wider community.
Marc Riley, Volunteer – Portering Service, Kingsway Site, Derby
Marc mixes well with people and always provides a portering service with a smile on his face. He shows real compassion and puts the service receiver at the centre of what he does.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination, and well done to everyone who was nominated. The judges were very impressed by the quality of the nominations in every category.