Shortlist revealed for Norfolk and Suffolk mental health awards
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The sterling efforts of NHS staff who help safeguard people's wellbeing, support carers and even save lives have been recognised in the shortlist for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)'s Public Choice awards.
Two public choice awards are being handed out in the Putting People First Awards 2016 after readers of this paper put forward dozens of nominations. Those nominated will be among 200 people to attend Thursday's awards ceremony, which we are sponsoring along with the hosts Sprowston Manor.
CBT therapist Peter Smith-Howell, Howard Tidman, Mandy Halliday, Emma Thomas and Tiffany Cecchini who run carers' support groups, and Owen Mutton, criminal justice recovery worker, have been shortlisted for the adult services category.
Mr Smith-Howell, who works with the Suffolk Wellbeing Service, received more than 10 nominations from grateful service-users after helping them to live a better life.
Carers' support groups in Norwich and Lowestoft also received multiple nominations. 'Their attitude is always positive and non-judgmental and I always leave meetings feeling uplifted,' read one of the nominations.
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Mr Mutton's nomination came after he helped a vulnerable and isolated service-user to turn their life around after they hit their 'lowest point' and were considering suicide.
Assistant practitioner Emma Wigley, staff nurse Daisy Corby and senior nurse Jude Applin have all been shortlisted in the children, families and young people's category. Mrs Wigley, who works in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Norfolk, was nominated by a service-user whose life she helped rebuild after the teenager was left housebound due to crippling anxiety.
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Mrs Corby, who is based at the Adolescent Unit, at Airey Close in Suffolk, was nominated by a carer for the patience and kindness she shows to service-users.
Mrs Applin, who works with Norfolk's Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, was nominated by a service-user for making the recovery process feel 'a little more normal' and 'a lot less terrifying'. She said: 'Jude makes weekly weigh-ins bearable. She puts things into perspective for me and I'm only ever met with understanding which I am so, so grateful for. I wouldn't be making progress if it wasn't for her and her spot-on approach to my case.'
Michael Scott, NSFT chief executive, said: 'We were delighted to receive so many high-quality nominations. It shows the high regard in which service-users and carers hold our staff and is a testament to their hard work and dedication.'
See Saturday's paper for a full report from the ceremony.
Clinical Achievement Award
Howard Muzire, charge nurse, Norvic Clinic, near Norwich.
Nesta Reeve, consultant clinical psychologist, Wellbeing Services.
Clinical Supervision Team, Coastal Interdisciplinary Delivery Team, Suffolk
Emerging Talent Award (Clinical)
Haley Gosling, peer support worker, Thurne Ward, Hellesdon Hospital.
Gemma Gray, mental health nurse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
Rebekah Steadman, apprentice support worker, Children, Families and Young People's Services – Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Emerging Talent Award (Non-Clinical)
Sophy Clarke, ICT senior service desk technician.
Darren Howman, patient safety team administrator.
Shoky Carter, senior management support administrator, Compass Outreach Team, Children, Families and Young People's Services – Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
eMMa (Electronic Medicines Management Administration).
Ronnie Simpson, collaborative learning in practice (CLiP) clinical educator.
Norfolk Parent Infant Mental Health Attachment Project.
Inspirational Leader Award
Denise Grimes, service operations manager, Norfolk Recovery Partnership.
Dr Sarah Maxwell, consultant psychiatrist, Children, Families and Young People's Services – Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Karen Clements, locality services manager, Secure Services.
Partnership Working Award
Veterans Stabilisation Programme.
Compass Outreach Team, Children, Families and Young People's Services – Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Boston Lodge Community Youth Project, Children, Families and Young People Services – Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Team of the Year Award
Thurne Ward, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich.
Foxhall House, St Clement's Hospital, Ipswich.
Rollesby Ward, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich.
Unsung Hero Award (Clinical)
Teresa Neil, assistant practitioner, Children, Families and Young People's Services – Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Karon O'Flanagan, substance misuse nurse, Norfolk Recovery Partnership.
Dr Andrew Tarbuck, consultant psychiatrist, Julian Hospital, Norwich.
Unsung Hero Award (Non-Clinical)
Emma Corlett, youth participation project lead.
Isabel Pollock, business support manager, Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney.
Paul Johnson, organisational development manager.
Public Choice Award: Children, Families and Young People's Services
Emma Wigley, assistant practitioner, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Central Norfolk.
Daisy Corby, staff nurse, Adolescent Unit, Airey Close, near Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Jude Applin, senior nurse, Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, Central Norfolk.
Public Choice Award: Adult Services
Peter Smith-Howell, CBT therapist, Suffolk Wellbeing.
Carers' Support Groups: Norwich and Lowestoft (Howard Tidman, Mandy Halliday, Emma Thomas and Tiffany Cecchini).
Owen Mutton, criminal justice recovery worker, Norfolk Recovery Partnership.