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