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Outstanding achievements of NHS staff and the dedicated work of volunteers were recognised in a ceremony held in Cheltenham on Friday, 22 October.

The ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s (²gether) Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCA) ceremony celebrates dedicated and loyal work within our county’s NHS mental and social healthcare services.  The event was attended by 150 staff, volunteers, service users and carers.

Shaun Clee, Chief Executive of ²gether said: “This is our fourth annual ROSCAs – our way of highlighting the very best in innovation, compassion and continued contribution of service users, volunteers and staff within Gloucestershire’s NHS mental health and learning disability services.

He continued: “All nominees demonstrate one or more of our values in action.  Either seeing things from a service user perspective, excelling and improving, being valuing and respectful of others or responsive in the services we provide.”

The winners were:

Unsung Hero – Fred Neville

Valuing Diversity – Forest of Dean Community Learning Disability Team

Clinical Team of the Year – Honeybourne Recovery Inpatient Unit

Service Users and Carers Choice – Gemma Piper-Griffiths

Carer and Service Involvement – Service Users in Recruitment Team

Non-Clinical Team of the Year – Older People Service Community Secretarial Team

CEO Award for Innovation – Intensive Health Outreach Team

Best Supporting Manager – Jo Denney, Better2Work Vocational Service

Best Supporting Colleague – Nicky Partridge, Learning Disability Service

The Forest of Dean Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) were nominated as forerunners in advocating for people with learning disabilities to have meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities.

Ree Jefferies, Community Services Team Leader CLDT said: “The team are thrilled. The award is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic work that people with a learning disability can bring to a team, which then reflects into the community as a whole.”

Jo Denney, Better2Work Vocational Service Team Manager won the Best Supporting Manager.  Jo said: “I’m delighted. Being in work can help people regain independence and learn key skills. Our service is successful because of the support of both small and large local organisations such as GlosMedia who appreciate the benefits of a diverse workplace.  I’d like to thank them for their continued support.” 

²gether’s Inpatient Recovery Units were recognised in two awards: shortlisted for the Carer and Service User Involvement Award; and the Honeybourne team who won the Clinical Team of the Year Award.

Honeybourne were nominated for providing a caring, non-judgemental environment where staff go above and beyond normal expectations to help recovery and rehabilitation.

Helen Elliott, Matron of the Trust’s Recovery Units said:

“What makes the award for our Honeybourne team so special is that they are recognised for their exceptional efforts by their own service users and carers.”

Helen continued: “We have a fantastic team working across the county within the community recovery inpatient units.  Our continued goal is to make a real difference to our service users and carers and we continue to work hard, ensuring that service users and carers are involved in their care and at the heart of our decisions.”

Fred Neville was announced as this year’s Unsung Hero for his unwavering volunteer work, helping to organise events and activities for people living with dementia.

On the night, a total of 34 people were also recognised for 20 or 30 years dedicated service within the NHS.

Shaun Clee Continued: “We have amazing staff and this year we had more nominations than ever from both staff and the public.  It is fantastic to have the opportunity to recognise truly outstanding contributions.  It is through our colleagues and volunteers that we are all able to make a continued difference in how we care and support services our users and carers.”