What a week to celebrate!

Hi all

What a week! The NHS turned 70, as we enjoyed one of the biggest and best celebrations of our staff we have ever held!



Both myself and David Rogers and the Board were absolutely delighted and felt very privileged to present our Annual REACH Awards on Thursday night. This year's event was the biggest we've ever held, with more nominations and awards than ever before 

We received over 300 nominations - a record number. The winners and those highly commended in each category were:

  • Leading with Compassion Award - (Joint Winners, Carol Sylvester and Carolyn Wilkes - Highly commended, Rachel Birks, Darren Perry, Andrew Adams, Zoe Grant)
  • Proud to CARE Award - (Winner, Sharon Tunicliffe)
  • Volunteer/Service User Representative (Winner, Simon Voiels - Highly commended, Phil Leese, Narissa Meredith, Jean Cunningham)
  • Developing People - (Winner, Melanie McNair - Highly commended, New Beginnings, Dr Mike Jorsh, Phil Wardle, Dr Laura Stevenson)
  • Innovation (Winner, Ward 3  - Highly commended, Assessment and Treatment Team, CAMHS ADHD Team, Parent and Baby Unit, BeAble App - NOAP)
  • Valuemaker (Winner, Dr Ravi Belgamar - Highly commended, Christine Horler, Nicky Wood, Joshua Deakin, Julianne Kettle)
  • Partnership (Winner, Care Home Liaison Team - Highly commended, Criminal Justice Mental Health Team, Staff Side, NOAP Outreach Team, Health Facilitation and Acute Liaison Team)
  • Unsung Hero (Winner, Samantha Dawson - Highly commended, Wahida Mohamed, Georgia May Ellis, Rania Mosedale, Lesley Birkin)
  • Service User & Carer Council (Winner, Julie Baker - Highly commended, Phil Leese, Linda Lock)
  • Rising Star (Winner, Dr Rebecca Chubb - Highly commended, Lisa Lummis, Cherelle Laryea, Gavin Hicks, Sarah Tombs)
  • Team of the Year (Winners, Service User and Carer Council - Highly commended, Recovery and Resettlement Team, Ward 4, Ward 1, Older Person's City CMHT)
  • Chairman's Award (Winner, Dr Rebecca Chubb)

A very special part of the evening was announcing the first recipients of the Justin Griffiths scholarship. In creating the scholarship, we really wanted to encourage research, personal development and education in Justin’s memory throughout the services that he played a crucial part in setting up and supporting throughout his career, and in providing this scholarship fund we felt that this would be the best way to celebrate his life and work.
Following last year's REACH awards we opened up the scholarship for applications and were pleased to receive a large variety of requests, including conferences, book funds to support higher education and team training events. When myself, Nicky and the other trustees met to review the applications we were very happy to agree the following six applications:

  • Books for all the Community Mental Health Teams to support service user needs - Lynne Burton
  • A book fund to support his higher education - Simon Bratt
  • To attend a workshop regarding a specialist area of need within the MHA - Jane Clewes
  • To attend an Approved Mental Health Professional conference - Laura Rushton
  • A team training event for the Stoke AMHP team - Denise Heatley
  • To attend the National Mental Health Law conference at Nottingham University - Nick Slater

It was really lovely having Nicky and her two delightful daughters Nya and Eva with us. 

We also gave a special presentation to Jenny Harvey for her achievements and recognition by Stonewall as a Trans role model.

Our sponsors made a significant contribution to the night and we are really grateful to them for their support.   These were:

  • Simon Bailey - SERCO
  • BBC Radio Stoke
  • Mansoor Fawad, Town Hospitals
  • Colin Burgess, Royal College of Nursing
  • Jenny Harvey, UNISON 

The Proud to CARE Award is our "Players' Player" Award - nominated and voted on by the staff. You can see here a short film featuring some of the lovely things our staff said about each other in their nominations.  

We'll be producing a souvenir brochure of REACH 2018 with photos and details of all the awards - and we'll be creating a highlights film from the footage of the entire evening. I'll let you know when they're both available.

In the meantime, and if you can't wait for the highlights package, you can watch a complete Facebook Live stream of the whole evening by clicking here. We had loads of people watching it live and commenting throughout the night!



Another highlight at the REACH Awards was the launch of our Review of the Year. Regular readers of my blog will be familiar with what an absolutely fantastic year it has been for Combined Healthcare - and it was great to see it all brought together. You can watch the film below.  



We held our REACH Awards to coincide with the NHS 70th Birthday and, as part of the evening, we showed a special film which you can watch here celebrating the creation of the NHS, the values of its founder Nye Bevan and its amazing achievements over its first 70 years.

But that wasn't all we did to celebrate NHS70. Throughout the day, events exhibitions and tea parties were being held by staff and volunteers across our sites.

Our Healthcare Support Workers at the Darwin Centre, enjoyed the birthday celebrations with a Tea Party and some amazing creations. Well done to all the young people and staff who made this happen.

At the Harplands, we even had a special NHS70 Birthday cake and our friends from BBC Radio Stoke turned up to film to interview our staff and get a glimpse into the history of NHS mental health care through three objects (including one 'mystery' object)! You can watch the BBC Radio Stoke film on their Facebook Page by clicking here. Let our Comms Team know if you know what it is - no-one has solved the mystery yet.