The commitment and dedication of NHS staff in east and west Suffolk was recognised earlier this week when local health care commissioners held their annual staff awards.
More than 200 workers of the NHS West Suffolk and NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (the CCGs) attended the awards’ presentation on Tuesday July 9 at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront campus in Ipswich.
The staff awards ceremony was the focal point of the CCGs’ staff away day event which is held annually to recognise the vital role of NHS commissioner staff in ensuring local people have access to be the very best NHS services.
At the ceremony CCG staff also welcomed the news that both organisations have been given the highest level of accreditation – Platinum – by employer’s organisation Investors in People. This level of award recognises the truly outstanding level of staff engagement and leadership shown by both CCGs and their commitment to supporting and developing their staff.
Awards were presented for ‘Working in Partnership’, ‘Quality Champion’, ‘Making a Difference to Patients and the Public’, ‘Emerging Talent’, ‘Star Behind the Scenes’ ‘Patient Participation Champion’ and ‘People’s Choice.’
More than 115 nominations were received for staff members across both CCGs.
The winners were announced by George Shepherd, National Officer for the union Managers in Partnership –
• Working in Partnership – for the staff member who has worked across boundaries to improve commissioned services – Winner – Liz Hogg
• Quality Champion – this award recognises an individual who has striven to improve the work of the CCGs by planning, implementing and championing improvement – Winner – Rifat Choudry
• Patient Participation Champion – for that person or team which ensures the patient’s voice is heard – Winner – Mental Health & Children and Young Persons Transformation Team
• Making a Difference to Patients and the Public – the award to the staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit of people and patients – Winner – Lianne Nunn
• Emerging Talent – This award recognises an individual who has made great strides in their professional development – Winner – Chris Crisell
• Star Behind the Scenes – for that person whose quiet daily management makes everything running smoothly – Joint Winners – Jennifer Jarrett and Andrew Robertson
• People’s Choice– for the team member whose talents straddle the broad spectrum of award categories – Winner – Oliver Riches
As well as celebrating the CCGs’ achievements over the past year NHS staff also heard from mental health professional Mandy Stevens, who spoke of her own personal experiences of mental ill health, and Dr Beth Mosley who outlined her pioneering work as a clinical psychologist at Thurston Community College and how she is supporting the mental wellbeing of young people locally.
Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Officer for both CCGs, opened proceedings by reviewing the two organisations’ performance over the last year and Dr Mark Shenton, Chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and a GP in Stowmarket gave a useful overview of the healthcare landscape in Suffolk and the quality care that local people can access.
The CCGs have achieved a great deal over the last 12 months including:
• #AVeryDifferentConversation involving local people, service users and partner organisations to collectively develop mental health services that truly meet local needs
• Maintaining an ‘outstanding’ rating for the level of diabetes care
• The launch of the Better Births programme – to ensure every new mother has access to a dedicated midwifery team
• Having an enlightened outlook on health care provision– providing funding for food banks and Citizens Advice and commissioning professional musicians to deliver bespoke mental health support to young people
Dr Garratt said: “With frontline NHS staff most often extolled, quite rightly, for their hard work and commitment, the important role of health commissioner staff is often overlooked.
“CCG staff have a crucial part in shaping and helping to deliver efficient health services in Suffolk and their often unheralded efforts are equally worthy of recognition.
“That is why it was such an honour to be part of these celebrations and I’m proud not only of the award winners, but every one of the CCGs’ staff members who work so hard and with such commitment for the good of local health services.”