REACH 2017

REACH Awards 2017

Our annual Recognising Excellence and Achievement in Combined Healthcare (REACH) Awards recognise Combined staff and teams, as well as volunteers and service user representatives who have made a truly outstanding contribution and gone above and beyond.

This year's REACH Awards were held on 5 October, with a total of 12 awards presented from almost 300 nominations received - a record number.

The winners


Leading with Compassion Award (sponsored by Browne Jacobson)

  • Winner – Chris Link
  • Highly Commended – Maxine Tilstone and Karen Stone


Proud to CARE Award (sponsored by BBC Radio Stoke)

  • Winner – Wendy Wardell
  • Highly Commended – Carol Sylvester, Desi Summers and the NOAP Activity Workers


Volunteer/Service User Representative of the Year

  • Winner – Hilda Johnson
  • Highly Commended – Gabrielle Gay Hoban, New Beginnings, Linda Lock and John Davies


Developing People

  • Winner, Lillian Machin

  • Highly Commended – Alison Duffell and Jacqui Shenton



  • Winner – Stevan Thompson and Georgina Jackson

  • Highly Commended – Access Team and Looked after Children Team



  • Winner – Jane Munton-Davies
  • Highly Commended – Anne Wilson, Cath Walasiewicz and Jenny Washington, High Volume Users Service


Partnership (sponsored by RCN)

  • Winner – Julia Ford
  • Highly Commended – Glynis Harford and John Clayton from the MCP Team and North Staffs Voice for Mental Health


Unsung Hero (sponsored by Unison)

  • Winner – Julie Fuller
  • Highly Commended – Harplands Reception, Faye Rathbone, Gaynor Pearce and Gavin Bridgwood


Rising Star (sponsored by Town Hospitals)

  • Winner – Mike Newton
  • Highly Commended – Deborah Elson, Emma Mellor and Terri Wright


Team of the Year

  • Winners – Community CAMHS and Substance Misuse
  • Highly Commended – Diversity and Inclusion Team and RAID Team


Chairman's Award

  • Winner – Chris Link

You can still view the online stream of the REACH Awards via the Trust’s Facebook page here at