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

The Trust’s Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCAs) took place at Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester, on Friday evening (20 July).

Around 125 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, 30 or 40 years’ dedication to the NHS, totalling an impressive 2580 years between them.

Ingrid Barker, Chair of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The ROSCAs celebrate the amazing dedication, commitment and compassion of our colleagues working across the Trust. It has been inspiring to hear about the work of those who were nominated, and how they provide such a high quality and caring service to those in need.

I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all of the nominees and winners for what they do on a daily basis.

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive, ²gether, said: “This is the eleventh year of the ROSCAs but my first as Joint Chief Executive. It was an honour to attend the event, celebrate success and recognise those who go the extra mile every day.

“The awards highlighted shining examples of teamwork, innovation, leadership and putting service users and carers at the heart of everything.

“Everyone nominated for a ROSCA represents the strong values which the Trust is built on, and I thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

More than 200 nominations were received for this year’s awards from staff, service users and carers.

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

The 2017 ROSCAs were sponsored by Alpha Colour Printers, West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN), Midcounties Co-operative, Unison, Gloucestershire Young Carers and PR Productions.

The list of winners is as follows:

Unsung Hero

Bill Wright and Stephanie Campbell – Santa and his Elf

Valuing Diversity

The Criminal Justice Liaison Team

Carer and Service User Involvement

Andrew Telford, Community Services Manager

Service Users and Carers Choice

Colleen Brady, Community Learning Disability Nurse

Award for Innovation

The Rapid Access Physiotherapy Team

Clinical Team of the Year     

Charlton Lane Hospital Team

Non-Clinical Team of the Year

The E-Rostering Team

Best Supporting Colleague

Conway Jones, Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Best Supporting Manager

Colin Wright, Deputy Manager, Berkeley House

The CEO’s Award for Outstanding Contribution

Jim Stone

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