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The immense contributions of mental and social healthcare staff across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

The eighth annual Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCAs) took place at Hatherley Manor, near Gloucester, last night (February 28).

Approximately 130 staff, volunteers, service users and carers attended the event, and awards were presented in 10 categories.

In addition, long service awards were presented to staff who have given either 20 or 30 years of dedication to the NHS.

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our ROSCAs celebrate the dedication, compassion and commitment shown by teams and individuals who strive every day to improve the lives of people within our communities.

“It is an honour to be able to recognise their devotion, and to celebrate so many examples of how our staff, volunteers, carers and service users have made a huge difference to people’s lives.

We congratulate not only the winners, but also everyone who was nominated for a ROSCA. They all provide services of the highest quality, and richly deserve our thanks for everything they do.”

²gether’s Chief Executive, Shaun Clee, said: “This is the eighth year that we have run the ROSCAs and every year I become more and more proud to work alongside colleagues who are compassionate, caring and work hard to provide a positive experience for people.

“Everyone nominated for a ROSCA demonstrates the very best of what ²gether is about, and I thank each and every one.

“I am also immensely pleased to be able to recognise colleagues who this evening received their long service awards. Together they have given over 1,200 years of service to our NHS.”

More than 170 nominations were made for this year’s ROSCAs. Nominations are made by staff, service users, carers and the general public.

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 were Alpha Colour Printers, Midcounties Cooperative, Unison, Gloucestershire Young Carers, West of England Academic Health Science Network, and Renishaw plc.   

The list of winners is as follows:

Service Users and Carers Choice Award

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

Carer and Service User Involvement Award

Jane Vickers, Community Mental Health Nurse, Cirencester Memorial Centre

Award for Innovation

Colin Baker – Ward Manager, Chestnut Ward, Charlton Lane Hospital, Cheltenham

Best Supporting Colleague Award

Melissa Law – Personal Assistant, St Owens Street, Hereford

Valuing Diversity Award

The E-Mentoring Group

Clinical Team of the Year Award

Herefordshire Crisis and Home Treatment Team

Non-Clinical Team of the Year Award

Charlton Lane Hospital Housekeeping Team, Cheltenham

Best Supporting Manager Award

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

Unsung Hero Award

Dan Beale Cocks

The CEO Award for Outstanding Contribution

Tony Warnes, Team Manager at Weaver’s Croft, Stroud

You can view photos of this year's winners by clicking here.