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Workers and volunteers have been honoured by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust for their work and contributions in mental and social healthcare services

The Recognising Outstanding Services and Contributions Awards (known as the ROSCAs) are now in their fifth year. 

Around 150 staff, volunteers, service users and carers attended the event, which took place on Friday, 4 November, at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester.

There were nine categories in the ROSCAs and as well as the winners of these awards staff who have been in service for 20 and 30 years were also honoured with a Long Service Award.

Chief Executive, Shaun Clee said: “This is our fifth annual ROSCAs and it is a great way to highlight and celebrate the very best in innovation, compassion and continued contribution of our service users, volunteers and staff within mental health and learning disability services.

All of the winners and nominees were nominated by their peers or members of the public.  The panel of judges consisted of staff, service users, carers and Governors of the Trust.

Shaun continued: “The awards are an opportunity for colleagues and people we serve to formally nominate and acknowledge people for their hard work over the last 12 months and through their continued service.”

Cheers and massive applause greeted each award winner and nominee throughout the evening.

Sophia Hall picked up two awards on the night, the Carer and Service User Involvement Award and the CEO Award for Innovation.  Sophia said of her win: “To have won one of the awards I was shortlisted for was a huge surprise but to win the second one as well was so unexpected.  It is a really nice feeling and an absolute honour to have been recognised in this way.  Any one of the other nominees would have been worthy winners.”

Baroness Rennie Fritchie, Chair of ²gether, said: “Everyone here tonight should be really proud.  It is an honour to be able to celebrate people’s dedication, support and hard work that they provide to service users and colleagues.”

The ROSCAs winners were presented with a glass trophy and staff celebrating 20 or 30 years of service in the NHS were presented with a certificate.

The 4 Me About Me Group, led by Bronwen Carless and Sally Gardner which won the Valuing Diversity Award for working with people with learning disabilities on various Trust projects including assistance with the creation of literature suitable for people with learning disabilities as well as being part of the recruitment process for Learning Disability staff at the Trust.

Bronwen Carless, Lead Speech and Language Therapist and founder of the 4 Me About Me Group said: “The group is thrilled.  The award is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic work that the group does and the contributions it makes to the Trust.”

Other winners included the Stroud and Cirencester Crisis Team, who won the Clinical Team of the Year. 

Shaun continued: “Every year I am always so proud of our staff and dedicated volunteers and the work that they do.  Together we work incredibly hard to ensure that the mental health services we provide remain some of the best in the country.”


Unsung Hero      Alan and Sylvia Beddis 
Carer and Service User Involvement      Sophia Hall 
Service Users and Carers Choice      Jan Bagnall 
Clinical Team of the Year     Stroud and Cirencester Crisis Team
Non-Clinical Team of the Year      Personal Assistants to Heads of Profession
Valuing Diversity      4 Me About Me Group – Bronwen Carless and Sally Gardner 
Best Supporting Colleague     Amanda Wheatstone-Price 
Best Supporting Manager      Hazel May
CEO Award for Innovation     Sophia Hall

Nominations for the 2012 ROSCAs are now open!

To find out about the award categories and how you can nominate a team or an individual, please click here