REACH Awards 2020/21

This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone, affecting our personal and professional lives in ways that we could not have imagined. But seeing Combined Healthcare staff pull together and go above and beyond while facing so many pressures is truly inspirational and something to be celebrated.

Usually held in the summer, this year’s staff REACH (Recognising Excellence and Achievement in Combined Healthcare) Awards were understandably postponed while the Trust came together to tackle one of the biggest challenges the NHS has ever faced. 

While we could have cancelled the awards altogether for 2020/21, there was a unanimous feeling that we all need the awards this year, more than ever – to show each other how much we value each other and to celebrate to the world the amazing things we have all done, and continue to do.

The REACH Awards gives us all the opportunity to look back over the past year, take a moment to recognise outstanding accomplishments and shine a well-deserved spotlight on the positive outcomes of the year.  

The ceremony is also a great way for staff to learn about each other’s successes and to publicly thank staff, teams, volunteers and service user representatives who have made an exceptional contribution.

Though we won’t be holding a physical event that we all enjoy attending, socialising and celebrating, we will be bringing the awards to you through an interactive online event. There will be opportunities for attendees to make a contribution to proceedings and we have some GREAT ideas on how you can be part of the fun.

This year’s awards will recognise outstanding achievements in the following categories:

  • Diversity & Inclusion Award
  • Leading with Compassion Award
  • Learner of the Year Award
  • Partnership Award
  • Proud to CARE Award (staff-voted award)
  • Research & Innovation Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Service User and Carer Council Award (decided by the Service User and Carer Council)
  • Team of the Year Award
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Volunteer/Service User Representative of the Year Award
  • Chairman’s Award (decided by the Chair)

We know that coronavirus has dominated the year for healthcare, but that hasn’t stopped you delivering excellent services, innovating or achieving individual successes elsewhere.

So although we expect to see nominations featuring individual and team responses to COVID-19 challenges in the nominations, the judges will be keen to read about outstanding achievements from the last 12 months in all areas of the Trust. 

Deadline for nominations closed

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve already received a record-breaking number of entries for this year’s REACH Awards for the third year in a row! Thank you to everyone who has nominated so far.

If you have any questions about the REACH Awards, please contact the Communications Team: communications@combined.nhs.uk