Better Care Together Awards 2023

March 23, 2023

Our Better Care Together awards took place this afternoon (23 March) at Kingsholm Stadium, in Gloucester.

There were 184 nominations in total – individuals and teams – and our Chief Executive, Paul Roberts, paid tribute to each and every colleague who was put forward, saying: “I know the judging panel had a really tough job in whittling the numbers down to three shortlisted in each category.”

Our Chair, Ingrid Barker, added: “It would have been lovely to have welcomed every nominee here today but I would like to publicly congratulate them all on being nominated – that is an achievement in itself.”

The awards were also an opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS, and Ingrid said: “The very first line of the NHS Constitution reads ‘The NHS belongs to the People.’ The constitution goes on to read: ‘The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values that bind together the communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it.’ We are all part of the NHS and as we celebrate its 75th anniversary, this gathering today is a fitting tribute to some of the best the NHS has to offer in Gloucestershire.”

The nominees and award winners recognised during the afternoon in each category were as follows:

Making a Difference

  • Ambassadors for vulnerable children and young people
  • *Children’s Respiratory Community Physiotherapy* – Winners
  • Veterans Strategy Group

Special Recognition: 

  • Rich King, Mechanical Manager
  • Julie Ellery, Matron
  • Temporary Staffing Team

Always Improving

  • Lydney Drugs Rounds QI Project
  • *Moving and Handling Trainers* – Winners
  • Richard Ashton, Performance and Compliance Manager – Estates and Facilities

Special Recognition

  • Berkeley House

Respectful and Kind

  • Denise Edmunds, Sister – Forest Hospitals
  • *Dr Dimitra Kleftogianni, Consultant Psychiatrist* – Winner
  • Steve Doxsey, Facilities Team at Tewkesbury Hospital

Special Recognition 

  • North Community Learning Disability Team

Working together

  • Integrated Sexual Health Service – Mpox response
  • Montpellier Allotment Team
  • *Social Communication Autism Assessment Service (SCAAS)* – Winners

Special Recognition

  • MacMillan Next Steps

Tackling Inequalities

  • Health visitors – supporting refugees and asylum seekers
  • Language that Cares workstream
  • *Reaching Out, Complex Care at Home* – Winners

Rising Star

  • Hannah Borne, Speech and Language Therapist
  • *Rachelle Reid, Business Development Lead for Community Hospitals* – Winner
  • Shaun Dreczewicz, Electrical Manager – Estates and Facilities

Outstanding Achievement

  • Katie Clive, Therapies Assistant Practitioner
  • Tim Woods, Head of Operational Business Intelligence
  • *Vicky Mullholland, Community Mental Health Nurse* – Winner


  • Clinical Specialists in Neurology ( Physiotherapists)
  • *Cirencester Hospital Gardening Volunteers* – Winners
  • Joby Scaria, Catering Manager and Jennifer James, Highly Specialist Dietitian


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