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Thank You Event 2017

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 Every year we celebrate our amazing staff and their achievements at our pop-up ceremony where Board members travel to bases across our Trust to recognise colleagues, teams and projects judged to be shining examples of our magnificent staff behaviours.

2017 Winners


IMG_0069Team the year winner: Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team  


The completely surprised team has taken the accolade after a redesign to develop a six-week early supported discharge (ESD) stroke pathway in Leeds. Gillian Meakin, Clinical Team Manager, who nominated her hard-working team said: "Changes we’ve made have been led by the people who know what will work best – and that’s the colleagues who go out into people’s homes every day. They have not walked away from the challenges they faced, they’ve faced them head on."


 middleton n teamTeam of the year highly commended: Middleton Neighbourhood Team


The team were nominated by Community Matron Sarah Knowlson who wanted to acknowledge the way the whole team have pulled together to overcome challenges over the last year. Sarah explained: "the team is now more organised, staff are happier and morale has improved."




gemma cannonColleague of the year winner: Gemma Cannon, Clinical Quality Lead for our Neighbourhood Night service

A visibly moved Gemma was recognised for her continued commitment to the service and delivering quality, through day and night. Chief Executive Thea Stein said: "We know you think you're invisible but we do see you and we're thankful for all you do."



markColleague of the year highly commended: Mark Simpson, Project Support Officer and Admin Lead

For those who know him Mark is described as: "the man who makes the magic happen".  But it wasn't just administration skills that Mark was recognised for, as Chair Neil Franklin and Director of Nursing Marcia Perry explaned, it was his relentless commitment to making life easier for patients and his colleagues.



michelle eaglenPatient care award winner: Michelle Eaglen, Senior Nurse

Michelle was recognised for her tireless commitment, dedication and quality care for a particularly complex patient. But, we're told, this is just one example of the level of patient care Michelle provides every day to all her patients.



CustodyPatient care award highly commended: Police Custody care team

The tireless efforts of a team who work in very difficult circumstances has been recognised in our Patient Care Category. The Police Custody Suites team has been highly commended for their crucial role, which sees individuals offered holistic assessment each time they are referred through to the service by police. 

Neil Franklin Chair was on hand to present the award to representatives of the Police Custody Healthcare Team, he said:

“You have an incredibly challenging job in a complex environment.  Many people who find themselves in a custodial setting have a range of emotional and physical  issues. A custody suite is often, for them, the end of a long and difficult road. You offer safe, high quality care during these difficult days. The feedback from the four police forces we serve is brilliant. You provide a complex, invaluable service and I am proud of all you do.“



IMG_0079Improving services award winner: Alyson Cawthorne, Clinical Head Dietitian for the diabetes services


Aylson’s wrote, developed and implemented a bespoke Diabetes structured education programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes. Alyson was keen to receive the award on behalf of the team, she said: “The team is so supportive of my ideas and the success of the programme would not have been possible without their involvement. Everyone is so dedicated to what they do, so I receive this on their behalf."





SPAImproving services award highly commended: Dawn Ogilvie and the School Nursing Single Point of Access (SPA)


The team has put in place processes to ensure colleagues are following the same procedures, pathways and packages of care. Dawn has liaised and linked with the service managers, safeguarding teams and other stakeholders across Leeds Community Healthcare, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and schools to ensure information around the SPA is clear.  



 CAMHS picProject of the year winner: CAMHS StepUp! App Development


The Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) team was App-y as Larry earlier – after being named Project of the Year winners. They have developed the StepUp! mobile phone application. Aimed at young people it’s a digital innovation offering more effective and efficient services.



IMG_0083Project of the year highly commended: Leeds Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) 

Ann Hobson, Interim Director of Workforce presented highly commended project of the year. Both Ann and Steve Callaghan, Project Lead praised staff for improving patient care by increasing online self-referrals from 6% - to a fantastic 73%. Ann said of the IAPT Team: “ I’m delighted to be here with such a worthy team – your work to streamline access is so impressive its being replicated by other IAPT teams across the country.”

 Paula GrovesLeader of the year winner: Paula Groves 

Paula Groves was nominated for her work as an Early Start Manager in our Health Visiting service. Colleagues recognise Paula for going the extra mile for her team, having courageous conversations when necessary and building strong relationships. Sally Kennedy who nominated Paula explained: "Paula is a highly valued asset to nursing, health visiting and Leeds Community Healthcare. She is an outstanding role model who cares passionately about the service we deliver." Well done Paula!  

Chris RichardsonLeader of the year highly commended: Chris Richardson


Neighbourhood Quality Lead Chris Richardson was presented with our Highly Commended Leader of the Year award for her consistent and focused clinical leadership of Yeadon Neighbourhood Team. She was recognised for implementing regular team safety huddles, her personal qualities of patience and fairness, and her belief that the patient always comes first.

On receiving her award Chris said: "There are so many fantastic leaders across our organisation and it's a real honour to get this award. The Yeadon team is so wonderful and there really is no 'I' in team."