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


World AIDS Day – 1st December

World AIDS Day – 1st December

Friday 1 December is #WorldAIDSDay – a global campaign by the National AIDS Trust, which has been recognised on 1st December every year since 1988. Its aim is to support those living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illness, secure the rights of people living with the condition and continue the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV.

Children’s flu – it’s not too late to vaccinate!

Children’s flu – it’s not too late to vaccinate!

With Flu season now well underway, our School Aged Immunisation Team would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of protecting their children against the virus by ensuring they have their flu vaccination.

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Representatives from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust were extremely proud and honoured this morning to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (WRFCA), in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel.