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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Trust celebrates staff at annual Quality Awards

Last Thursday (24 November) the Trust held its staff Quality Awards ceremony, an annual celebration which recognises and celebrates the outstanding staff working across South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

 DSC03141There were 20 awards handed out in total, with certificates and trophies presented to the winning staff and teams in recognition of their excellent work and contributions.

The winners of the Trust’s monthly Exceptional People Award recognition programme and longest serving staff members, those who have worked at the Trust for 35+ years, were also amongst those celebrated last Thursday.

This year’s event was made even more special by taking place in Trinity – one of the Trust’s two brand new mental health facilities opening soon at Springfield Hospital in Tooting.

Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive, said: “It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the work that we’ve done together in a space that we have all helped to create. This building means so much – not only will the environmental change mean improved quality of care and experience for our patients and staff, but it will also mean a change for our culture and our commitment to reducing stigma and breaking down barriers.

“After a challenging few years, it’s important that we take the time to thank each other and recognise each other’s achievements. This year we had over 300 high quality nominations for our Quality Awards. The compassion, care and dedication of our staff shone through from each of the nominations – they made the panel’s decisions incredibly hard!”

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Pebbles, a Nursing Associate on Ward, was presented with the Frontline Clinician of the Year Award. Pebbles was nominated for always going the extra mile for patients and colleagues. Her nominator said: "Pebbles has excelled in her nursing associate training, surpassing all expectations and has positive feedback wherever she goes."

The Unsung Hero Award was awarded to Nada, a Peer Involvement Worker, for being a key member of the involvement team who works hard to support service users to have their voices heard.

Kate, a student with the Wandsworth Early Intervention Service, won the Rising Star Student Award. Kate’s nominator said: “From the moment she joined our team she was truly committed to understanding the work that we do."

The Rising Star Staff Award was presented to Leo, Wellbeing Lead at Sutton Uplift. Leo’s nominator gave many examples of his excellent work, including his new wellbeing initiative ‘lunch with Leo’ which sees him invite colleagues to join him for a conversation at lunchtimes.


The Innovation and Improvement of the Year Award was presented to Shelley, Lead Occupational Therapist, for all her hard work developing a new domestic abuse policy to support staff. Shelley’s nominator said: “The creation of this policy acknowledges not only the prevalence of domestic abuse in our society, but also that our staff will be amongst those impacted. Its shows that we as an employer take their wellbeing and safety seriously.” 

Li-E, a volunteer, won the Involvement Award for the difference she makes to service users and staff alike. Li-E was described as a “star volunteer” who uses her lived experience to offer others hope, resilience, openness and empathy. Li-E recently secured the role of Activity Coordinator on Lilacs ward – congratulations Li-E!

The Partnership and Co-production Award, which recognises a community partner who has worked passionately and collaboratively to build links between the Trust and local communities, was jointly presented to Pollards Hill Baptist Church and Wimbledon Guild. Together with Merton Uplift and Merton Council, both organisations helped the Trust to support those affected by the tragic gas explosion in Merton earlier this year.

The Trust’s Nursing Development Team won the Corporate Team of the Year Award. They were nominated by Sharon Spain, Director of Nursing and Quality, for all their hard work and dedication to supporting frontline teams. Sharon said: “It takes huge coordination, dedication, and patience to keep all the plates spinning. The leadership within this team has been incredible.”  DSC03161

The Perinatal Team was presented with the Clinical Community Team of the Year Award. They were nominated for being a passionate, dedicated and skilled team who support women at a crucial time in their lives.

The Clinical Inpatient Team of the Year Award was jointly presented to Avalon and Wisteria wards, the Trust’s specialist inpatient eating disorder units. Both teams were nominated for their continued commitment and dedication, and for the 'Good' CQC rating they received earlier this year.

Dina, CAMHS Participation Officer, won the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award for all her hard work supporting young people to have their voices heard. Dina’s nominator said: "Not only has Dina supported young people to share their views, but she has also supported and validated their experiences in an empowering and respectful way."

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team Award was awarded to Indie, Seema, Jacqueline, Nikita and Andrew from the Trust’s Evolve staff network. They were nominated for the very successful South Asian Heritage Month celebration events they organised during the summer!

The People’s Choice Award was won by Amanda, the Trust’s Deputy Head of Co-production and Involvement. Amanda was nominated by a peer worker for being a compassionate leader who goes above and beyond for her colleagues.  DSC0308111

Michele, Chief Pharmacist, was presented with the Chief Executive's Corporate Leadership Award. Michele was nominated for being a great leader, not just for the pharmacy but for medicines optimisation across the Trust and south west London. 

The Chief Executive’s Clinical Leadership Award was awarded to Yvonne, Clinical Lead for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Primary Care. Yvonne’s nominator said she thoroughly deserved the award for “routinely demonstrating outstanding leadership." 

Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive, nominated Christina, a Staff Nurse on Rose ward, for a Special Values Award. Vanessa met Christina on one of her regular ward visits and was impressed by her continued commitment and dedication to patients and living the Trust’s values.

Andy, a Consultant in our Deaf Child Outpatient services, was similarly nominated by our Chief Executive for a Special Achievement Award in recognition of his longstanding dedication to the Trust, and the difference he has made over many years of service.

Sarah, Paul and the whole Estate Modernisation Team were also recipients of Special Achievement Awards for working tirelessly behind the scenes on the Trust’s new Trinity and Shaftesbury buildings. Sarah and Paul were highlighted for their individual contributions.


Presenting their awards, Vanessa Ford said: "I would like to take a few minutes to recognise a team without whom we would not be sitting in this amazing space today. Our Estate Modernisation Team and individuals within the team were nominated in a number of categories this year, but I wanted to single them out as a team who have worked tirelessly to create these amazing spaces, working with patients, carers and colleagues to build these genuinely revolutionary buildings."


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