NHS mental health staff from Sussex and Hampshire celebrated at awards ceremony

Outstanding NHS staff, volunteers and carers who provide specialist 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 2019 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 on Friday evening (November 8).

This year the awards recognised individuals and teams who have all gone above and beyond in providing first class services and care for the people they serve. There was also a special award which recognised the various pet therapy animals (which included dogs and miniature ponies) that work across hospitals and services to offer comfort, reassurance and support to service users, families and staff.

Held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, the ceremony was attended by nearly 900 people – including staff, partner organisations, and members of the Trust’s Council of Governors. 

Sam Allen, CEO of Sussex Partnership, said: “I am so proud to work with such dedicated and hardworking colleagues who are committed to providing outstanding care to the patients, families and local communities we serve. 

“We need to continue learning, improving, listening and acting on feedback. At the same time, it’s really important we recognise and share what’s working well so we can achieve more together on behalf of patients and families. This is why our Positive Practice Awards are so important. They give us the opportunity to reflect on examples of really excellent practice, say thank you to colleagues and come together to celebrate our NHS.

“To all staff working at Sussex Partnership, and right across the NHS, thank you for all you do, every day, on behalf of our local communities.”

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 winners of the Positive Practice Awards 2019 were:

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

  • Bronze: East Sussex Rehabilitation Pathway
  • Silver: Helen Dove and Dr Emily David, Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Gold: Pavilion Ward, Mill View Hospital

Innovation, learning and improvement - awarded to an individual or team that demonstrates a dedication to continuous improvement through training and developing others, quality improvement, research or innovation. Winners in this category will have a track record of putting their good ideas into practice, resulting in a clear improvement in quality of care and improved outcomes.

  • Bronze: North West Sussex Crisis Team
  • Silver: The Pan-Sussex Learning Disability Therapists
  • Gold: Lindsay Towle and the team at The Haven @ Mill View Hospital

Apprentice of the year - awarded to an individual currently undertaking or who has recently completed an apprenticeship opportunity.

  • Bronze: Gary O’Shea, HR Recruitment Team
  • Silver: Ella Fox Stillwell, Lindridge Care Community
  • Gold: Darren Salt, Willow Ward, Hellingly Hospital

Partnership in practice - awarded to an individual or team who works collaboratively, understands we can’t do it on our own, builds honest and fruitful relationships and finds ways to work with others for the benefit of patients.

  • Bronze: Single Point of Access Service, Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Silver: HMP Ford Primary Care, Mental Health & Substance Misuse Services
  • Gold: Martin Diver, Sussex Armed Forces Community

Outstanding student mentor - awarded in recognition of the significant contribution that mentors make to the education and training of students. A mentor who is clear about priorities is flexible to help others, is positive and optimistic, constructive when criticising and puts learning into action.

  • Bronze: Claire Smith, Education and Training Team
  • Silver: Rick Clark, Brighton Assertive Outreach Team
  • Gold: Shamiso Sakupwanya, Chichester Older Persons Mental Health Liaison Team

The Bethan Smith Award - this is a special award in memory of Bethan Smith, and is awarded to an individual or team who has demonstrated compassion, kindness and supportiveness in working with families.

  • Winner: Brian Solts, West Sussex Care Delivery Service

The 2019 Special Award - best pet therapy animal - therapy animals can make an enormous difference to people in our care. This year, we’ve created a special award to recognise the pet therapy animal who has had the biggest impact on our patients. 

  • Bronze: Sooty, the therapy pony, Langley Green Hospital
  • Silver: Dr Mutley Moss, the therapy dog, Mill View Hospital
  • Gold: Cassy, the therapy dog, Meadowfield Hospital

Heads On Heroes - awarded to an individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution to patient care and mental health through fundraising, volunteer work and promoting patient and carer involvement.

  • Bronze: Pavilion Ward, Mill View Hospital
  • Silver: Willow Ward, Hellingly Hospital
  • Gold: Abbie Harmes and her family

Care Without Carbon award - awarded to an individual or team who has embraced the principles of the Care Without Carbon programme and taken extraordinary steps to make their service or department more sustainable for a better working life and a greener NHS.

  • Bronze: Abbie Hoskin, Amberstone Rehabilitation Service
  • Silver: Shepherd House Recovery Unit, Worthing
  • Gold: Sabrina Carter, Mill View Hospital

Shining Star award (non-staff) - awarded to an individual who doesn’t work for Sussex Partnership, but who has a huge impact on the life of a patient or patients. 

  • Bronze: Dan Elton, Patient Care and Involvement Team
  • Silver: Belinder Channer and Jeremy Sandford, Sussex Recovery College, One Step at a Time running group
  • Gold: Angie Culham, Research and Development

Shining Star award (non-clinical) - awarded to an individual working for Sussex Partnership who puts people at the heart of everything we do. This is someone who demonstrates compassion, listens and takes action, adapts the way we work for individuals and has high ambitions for others. 

  • Bronze: Stacey Witterick, Lindridge Care Community
  • Silver: Justin Hawkins, Connolly House Recovery
  • Gold: Helen Dove, Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 

Shining Star award (clinical) - awarded to an individual working for Sussex Partnership who puts people at the heart of everything we do. This is someone who demonstrates compassion, listens and takes action, adapts the way we work for individuals and works with patients as the experts in their own care. 

  • Bronze: Karen Hoskin, East Sussex Care Delivery Service
  • Silver: Caroline Flisher, Horsham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Gold: Sharmella Rumble, Regency Ward, Mill View Hospital

Team Award (non-clinical) - for non-clinical teams who value, appreciate and respect each other, are clear about our objectives, support others to perform at their best, encourage, praise and celebrate success.

  • Bronze: Amberstone Facilities Team
  • Silver: Finance Team
  • Gold: Physical Healthcare Team

Team Award (clinical) - for clinical teams who value, appreciate and respect each other, are clear about our objectives, support others to perform at their best, encourage, praise and celebrate success.

  • Bronze: Winchester and Test Valley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Silver: Mill View Hospital
  • Gold: Selden Centre

If you would like pictures of the event, please email communications@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk.