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More than 170 nominations have been received for ²gether’s latest Recognising Outstanding Contribution and Service Awards (ROSCAs).

The ROSCAs are held annually to pay tribute to the dedication of the staff and volunteers who work in mental and social healthcare across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

A judging panel, chaired by Trust Chair Ruth FitzJohn, had the difficult task of shortlisting the nominees down to three in each ROSCAs category.

The finalists will all attend an awards ceremony on February 27, where they will be joined by staff who have given 20 or 30 years’ service to the Trust and who will be collecting their Long Service awards.

Ruth FitzJohn said: "Once again, the standard of nominations received was extremely high and the subject of considerable debate among the judges.

"The fact that the standard was so high is testimony to the fact that we have so many dedicated individuals and teams who work tirelessly to support our service users and carers.

"I thank all of the nominees for their continued dedication, and look forward to celebrating the achievements of all of those shortlisted, as well as the long service award recipients, at our celebratory event next month."

The ROSCAs judging panel consisted of representatives of Healthwatch, service users, Trust Governors, Trades Unions and the ROSCAs sponsors.

Organisations and companies sponsoring the ROSCAs this year are Alpha Colour Printers, Midcounties Cooperative, Gloucestershire Young Carers, West of England Academic Health Science Network, and Renishaw.

Dave Oldfield, Operations Director at Alpha Colour Printers, said: "We are extremely proud to be involved in the ROSCAs and it has been an honour to be part of the judging panel, which was a very humbling process.

"There were so many people nominated for so many wonderful acts of care and kindness right through to great achievements that all went far beyond expectations of their roles and have made a real difference to the level of care being received.

"We would like to congratulate the winners and nominees as they are all worthy of recognition."

The shortlisted individuals and teams for the ROSCAs are as follows:

Service Users and Carers Choice Award

• Tracey Boden – Senior Young Onset Dementia/Community Mental Health Nurse based at Weavers Croft, Stroud

• Jan Bagnall – Senior Therapist, Stanway Centre, Cheltenham

• Lisa Bubb – Activities Co-ordinator, Laurel House, Cheltenham

Carer and Service User Involvement Award

• Jane Vickers, Community Mental Health Nurse, Cirencester Memorial Centre

• Tracie Morgan – Health Care Assistant, Willow Ward, Charlton Lane, Cheltenham

• Maria Edwards – Receptionist/ Administrator, Acorn House, Gloucester

Award for Innovation

• Elaine Tingle – West Locality Support Manager

• Sally Powell and Luisa Fernandez-Ford – Children and Young People’s Service

• Colin Baker – Ward Manager, Chestnut Ward, Charlton Lane

Best Supporting Colleague Award

• Elaine Hampson – Secretary, Colliers Court, Cinderford

• Katie Clark – Administration Officer, Collingwood House, Gloucester

• Melissa Law – Personal Assistant, St Owens Street, Hereford

Valuing Diversity Award

• The E-Mentoring Group

• Keith Springthorpe – Community Mental Health Nurse, Sherbourne House, Cheltenham

• Spirituality Group

Clinical Team of the Year Award

• Herefordshire Crisis and Home Treatment Team

• Gloucestershire Criminal Justice Liaison Team

• Oak House Team, Hereford

Non-Clinical Team of the Year Award

• Hotel Services, Hollybrook, Stroud

• Countywide Administration and Facilities Management Team

• Charlton Lane Hospital Housekeeping Team

Best Supporting Manager Award

• James Wright – Matron, Wotton Lawn Hospital, Gloucester

• Laura Pensom – Deputy Manager, Greyfriars Ward, Wotton Lawn, Gloucester

• Ruth Thomas – Assistant HR Director: Training

Unsung Hero Award

• June Hennell

• Dan Beale-Cocks

• Terry Whitehead

The ROSCAs awards evening will be held on Friday February 27 at Hatherley Manor hotel, near Gloucester.