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The hard work and dedication of mental health and social care staff from all across ²gether NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

The ninth Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCAs) took place at Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester, this evening (26 February).

About 140 staff, volunteers, service users and carers from across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire attended and awards were presented in 10 categories.

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

Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our ROSCAs celebrate the dedication, compassion and commitment of those who work on behalf of the trust to provide mental health services across the two counties, striving to improve life for those in our communities.

“It is an honour to be able to recognise the devotion of these teams and individuals, and to celebrate the huge difference they have made to our service users’ lives.

“As well as congratulating the winners, we should also congratulate all those who were nominated; it is inspiring to read about their work and they all provide a service of the highest quality, for which they should receive our sincere thanks.”

Shaun Clee, Chief Executive, ²gether, said: “This is the ninth year we have run the ROSCAs and it is always a privilege to have the opportunity to recognise, say thank you and celebrate publicly the caring and compassionate way in which our colleagues carry out their work in our local communities.

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

“I am also delighted to be able to recognise colleagues receiving their long service awards this evening. Between them, they have given more than 1,500 years’ service to the NHS; a wealth of care, compassion and dedication which we thank them for.”

More than 210 nominations were made for this year’s awards. Nominations are made by staff, service users, carers and the general public.

The ROSCAs judging panel consisted of service users, trust governors, trade unions and sponsors.

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

The list of winners is as follows:

Unsung Hero
The ‘4 Me About Me’ Group

Award for Innovation
Tina Kukstas – Lead Nurse, Dementia Care, Sherborne House, Cheltenham

Carer and Service User Involvement Award
Eleanor Heath and Greg Luetchford – Staff Nurse and Clinical Manager, Oak House, Hereford

Valuing Diversity
Kathy Holmes and Zain Patel – Engagement and Involvement Lead, Lexham Lodge, and Social Inclusion Development Worker, 18 Denmark Road, Gloucester

Best Supporting Colleague
Jenny Rogers – Deputy Ward Manager, Oak House, Hereford

Best Supporting Manager
Damian Gardner – Head of AMH Psychology, St Owen Street, Hereford

Service Users’ and Carers’ Choice
Lesley Hirons – Employment Specialist, Burleigh House, Gloucester

NonClinical Team of the Year
Catering and Domestic Team, Laurel House, Cheltenham

Clinical Team of the Year
Dean Ward, Wotton Lawn Hospital, Gloucester

The CEO Award for Outstanding Contribution
Mary Keating, Dementia Education Community and Service Development Lead, Charlton Lane, Cheltenham.