‘Recognising Success’ across Dudley and Walsall

Staff at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have been recognised for their dedication and commitment to the organisation at the Trust’s annual Recognising Success awards.

More than 200 staff gathered at the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall for the awards ceremony hosted by the Trust’s very own Staff Engagement Lead and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Michael Hirons.

Individuals and teams who go the extra mile for their colleagues and patients were presented with awards by Trust directors, sponsors and senior members of staff.

Opening the ceremony, Chief Executive Mark Axcell gave thanks to the hard work of all those shortlisted.

He said: “This night is your night to celebrate your achievements and all of the hard work you do, whether you work on the frontline or provide support services behind t he scenes.”

He added that the awards would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of the event sponsors, in particular main event sponsors Kier and Servelec.

The best of the best working in both clinical and non-clinical roles received awards in the categories of Chief Executive Values Champion, Rising Star, Distinguished Service, Leading with Integrity, Working in Collaboration, Support Service of the Year, Clinical Unsung Hero, Non Clinical Unsung Hero and Frontline Team of the Year.

Community Psychiatric Nurse Beth Cooksey who won the Chief Executive Values Champion award said: “I am absolutely over the moon and I cannot thank my colleagues enough for this award.

“It just means so much to me,” added Beth.

Our Distinguished Service Award winner was Learning and Development Administration Manager Julie Morgan who marked her 35th year with the organisation this year.

“I can’t believe it, I feel so privileged to receive this award at what is always such a fantastic event,” Julie beamed.

Rounding off the evening, Chair Jeremy Vanes, said: “I have only been Chair of this organisation for a few weeks, but already I have met some incredible people – and what I have heard and seen tonight makes me immensely proud to be in this position.”