Mental health staff from East Sussex celebrated at annual awards. @withoutstigma

Outstanding NHS staff, volunteers and carers who provide mental health and learning disability care for thousands of adults and children across Sussex and Hampshire have been recognised for their work at an awards event celebrating their positive practice. 

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Positive Practice Awards 2018 shone a well-deserved spotlight on its nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, allied health professionals, support staff, service users, their family and carers, volunteers and the partner organisations it works with.

This year the awards recognised more than 11 individuals and team winners who have all gone above and beyond in providing first class services and care for the people they serve.

Held at the Brighton Metropole on Friday, November 9, the ceremony was attended by more than 500 people – including staff, partner organisations, and members of the Trust’s Council of Governors. It was hosted by the Trust’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Rick Fraser, and Diane Hull, Chief Nurse.

Amongst the winners were the team at Woodlands Centre for Acute Care in Hastings who won the gold award in the Clinical Team Award category, which recognises clinical teams which have made an outstanding contribution going ‘the extra mile’.

Christine Henham, Clinical Operational Nurse Manager at Woodlands, said: “It is a huge honour for Woodlands to have won the clinical team gold award. Recently there has been a huge shift in the culture at Woodlands. We divided the ward into male and female wards (Castle and Abbey) last year and this has proved to be a really popular change for service users, carers and staff.

“There has always been a ‘can do’ attitude in Hastings. We work in partnership with services around us with open minds and hearts, and with the needs of the people we look after at the forefront of our developments. It is all about relationships, both building and maintaining, if it needs saying we will say it, if it needs doing we will do it. We will always challenge stigma towards mental health and advocate for those who need us most. This award rewards all of our endeavours across our entire staff group.”

Heathfield Ward, based at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne, won the Bethan Smith award, a special award in memory of Bethan Smith. It is judged by the Executive team – along with Bethan’s parents, Aldyth and David – and awarded to an individual or team who has demonstrated compassion, kindness and supportiveness in working with families.

Jackie Newton, Ward Manager at Heathfield Ward, said: “We are delighted and very honoured to have received the Bethan Smith award from Bethan’s parents at the Positive Practice Awards.  This very personal award was presented to Heathfield Ward in recognition of the team going the extra mile in their work for the Trust. As part of our ongoing commitment to working with families and carers, and building on the values and high standards that we currently strive to maintain, we will be undergoing a development of a family and carers support group aimed at those with loved ones in hospital.”

Sam Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership, said: “Every single day our staff go above and beyond to provide outstanding care for the people we serve. These are challenging times for all of the NHS – and mental health services particularly – with a level of demand we have never known before. That’s why events like our Positive Practice Awards are so important. They give us a chance to celebrate all the good that is happening day in and day out across NHS mental health and learning disability services across Sussex and Hampshire.

“We are fortunate to have such talented and committed people working at and with Sussex Partnership and in the NHS. I also want to say a special thank you to everyone who couldn’t make the event because of being on duty within clinical services and other reasons.”

All of the Positive Practice awards are around valuing, appreciating and respecting each other, drawing on one of the Trust’s key values; everyone counts. Nominations are made by the Trust’s 5,000-strong workforce, as well as members of the public, service users, carers and family members. Winners on the night were recognised for their contributions to improving patient care across every service.

The full winners list

Inspired to Improve – awarded to an individual or team who has improved their service, listened and responded positively to feedback

  • Bronze: Brighton & Hove Group Treatment Service
  • Silver: James Atkinson
  • Gold: Lucy Westcott and Team Springwell

Research and teaching – awarded for research and / or teaching activity that demonstrates a clear improvement in quality of care and improved patient outcomes.

  • Bronze: Kate Stammers & Mandy Burton
  • Silver: Nurse Education Team
  • Gold: Professor Kathy Greenwood

Quality and innovation – award that recognises an individual or team who has put a good idea into action by thinking differently. Either directly improving patient care or supporting our staff to deliver high quality services

  • Bronze: Sex Offender Treatment Service Collaborative – Intellectual Disability Team
  • Silver: Sharon Fernando and Steve Lockhart for Ambulance Street Triage Service
  • Gold: Nikki Jones and team for (Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression)

Partnership in practice – awarded to an individual team who works effectively in partnership with others, crossing professional, clinical or organisational boundaries.

  • Bronze: Hampshire i2i
  • Silver: Veterans service
  • Gold: Pathfinder

The Bethan Smith Award – This is a special award in memory of Bethan Smith. It is judged by the Executive team – along with Bethan’s parents, Aldyth and David – and awarded to an individual or team who has demonstrated compassion, kindness and supportiveness in working with families.

  • Winner: Heathfield Ward, Department of Psychiatry

Heads On Heroes – This award recognises staff who have made a positive difference to patient care through fundraising for the Trust charity Heads On. Nominations can be for individuals or teams who have gone above and beyond their usual role to improve patient care through fundraising. It’s not about who has raised the most money, but about who has shown real commitment and passion to improving the experience of service users by engaging in fundraising with Heads On.

  • Bronze: Jade Ward, Langley Green Hospital
  • Silver: Laura Stapleton
  • Gold: Ian Puttock

Team award (non-clinical) – award that recognises non clinical teams which have made an outstanding contribution going ‘the extra mile’

  • Bronze: Nurse Education Team
  • Silver: Clinical Care Intelligence Team
  • Gold: Carer Heroes

Team award (clinical) – award that recognises clinical teams which have made an outstanding contribution going ‘the extra mile’

  • Bronze: Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team
  • Silver: Shepherd House, Worthing
  • Gold: Woodlands Team

Shining Star (Clinical) – awarded to an individual working for Sussex Partnership who makes a difference every day.

  • Bronze: Dr Jane McNulty
  • Silver: Jarod Newbury
  • Gold: Laury Jeanneret

Shining Star (Non-Clinical) – awarded to an individual working for Sussex Partnership who makes a difference every day.

  • Bronze: Raymond Pothin
  • Silver: Graham Johnston
  • Gold: Timothy Alksaris

Outstanding student nurse mentor – awarded in recognition of the significant contribution that mentors make to the education and training of student nurses.

  • Bronze: Sophie Bartlett
  • Silver: Kerry Stott
  • Gold: Steve Barry