Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to help someone with mental health issues?

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Pictured: Pharmacy.Picture: Supplied

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Pictured: Pharmacy.Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond in providing care and support for people with a mental health condition? If so, we want to help that person to receive the recognition they deserve.

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Pictured: Beach Ward, Picture: Supplied

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Pictured: Beach Ward, Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

We have joined forces with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) to encourage nominations for a special award, which forms part of the Trust's Putting People First Awards 2016.

For the first time, the trust has launched public choice categories in its staff awards, which NSFT chief executive Michael Scott said was part of its commitment to listening even more closely to its services users and carers and encouraging them to shape the organisation moving forward.

The trust has included two Public Choice categories in its 2016 awards, which we are officially backing. They are:

Outstanding Care & Compassion Award (Children's, families and Young People)

This could include nominations of NSFT teams and staff working in the children's learning disabilities services, child and adolescent mental health services, wellbeing and perinatal and infant mental health services.

Outstanding Care & Compassion Award (Adults)

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This could include nominations of NSFT teams and staff working in the community, within inpatient units, older people's services including those for dementia, secure, learning disabilities and wellbeing services, as well as Norfolk Recovery Partnership.

Mr Scott said: 'We are really excited to be able to open up our awards to members of the public, as well as people who have used our services, and those close to them.

'We would also like other organisations and people who work with us or alongside our staff and volunteers every day to tell us who they think deserves recognition too. We'd love to hear from, for example, GPs, police officers, the ambulance trust, educators and the voluntary sector.

'We believe this is another way to gain feedback on what people really think about the care offered by our trust. By hearing first hand about some of these examples of excellent local mental health care, we can hold these up like a mirror to the rest of our organisation, encouraging us all to follow that lead and better shape our services in the future.'

Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: 'We know there are lots of staff out there who go above and beyond to help others in what are very tough circumstances. We want them to have the recognition they deserve.'

Terry Hunt, editor-in-chief of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, added: 'It's so important staff receive praise for the positive work they do. We are delighted to support these awards.'

The trust is holding its awards celebration on Thursday, 5 May, at Sprowston Manor Hotel, near Norwich. During the evening the winners in all of the awards categories will be announced, including Team of the Year, Emerging Talent, Inspirational Leader and Unsung Hero.

HOW TO ENTER

Anyone who would like to nominate a member of staff for an award can do so online at www.nsftawards.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can request a hard copy nomination form by emailing staffawards@nsft.nhs.uk or calling 01603 421447. Nominations should be about care provided in the last 12 months (since January 2015). Your nomination could be inspired by the smallest thing that made the biggest difference to you.

Perhaps it was the person who made you feel nothing was too much effort; or maybe it is the staff member who always takes time to explain what is going on and listens to your views.

Nominations can be from:

?People who have received care from NSFT

?Someone close to a person who has received care from NSFT

?From an organisation or individual working alongside our Trust who has witnessed excellent care provided by NSFT

Nominations close at midnight on Monday, February 29.

The winners will receive an engraved trophy and certificate and will be chosen by an independent judging panel.