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The success, hard work, and dedication of more than 40 healthcare staff has been recognised during a presentation ceremony held by the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

A ‘celebrating success’ event was held at Dowty Sports and Social Club, in Staverton, to present certificates to staff who have achieved qualifications in subjects including customer service, food safety, prevention and control of infection, and working with substance misuse.

One of those to receive an award was 33-year-old Matthew Burton, a Healthcare Assistant at ²gether’s Hollybrook Learning Disability Hospital, in Stroud.

Matthew, who is from Gloucester, works there supporting people with learning disabilities who have challenging behaviours.

In addition to his National Vocational Qualification Level 3 diploma in Health and Social Care, Matthew also achieved the Star Unit. The Star Unit  recognises exceptional performance and is awarded to an elite group of candidates whose work and all round performance stands out so significantly that it deserves public recognition.

Matthew said: “I’m really proud to have received the award. It was a lot of hard work but I had a lot of support from the NVQ team at our training centre Collingwood House.”

Two of the other certificate recipients were mother and daughter Dee Daly and Sarah Boyd.

Dee, 56, has worked for the NHS for 38 years in total and has undertaken roles in Theatres, Paediatrics, Endoscopy, Orthopaedic and Recovery units at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She later held nursing roles within the community before moving to ²gether, where she initially worked with people with learning disabilities.

Dee now works as a Liaison Support Worker for our Substance Misuse Service in Gloucester and has also worked at Branchlea Cross, in Cheltenham, where she implemented the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) programme.

Dee’s certificate was presented for achieving the Level 3 Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) certificate in Working with Substance Misuse.

Her 35-year-old daughter, who is from Gloucester like her mum, has worked for ²gether since 2009. She is currently Personal Assistant to our Medical Director Dr Paul Winterbottom, and received her certificate for QCF Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Business & Administration.

Sarah said: “My mum has been a great inspiration to me throughout my life and encouraged me to pursue a career within the Trust.  

“The environment mum works in can be very challenging and difficult but her determination and dedication to her role drives her to support her clients no matter what she is faced with.”

Trust Chief Executive Shaun Clee, who presented the recipients with their certificates, said each member of staff who had undertaken the qualifications showed great commitment to ²gether and its service users.

He said: “We cannot underestimate the hard work and energy our staff have put into achieving these qualifications, in addition to carrying out their day jobs.

“Those who will benefit most from these qualifications are the people we engage with and provide services to.”