21 October 2014
C&I's awards have been running for more than 10 years and recognise the hard work and dedication of our staff, service users and carers.
The awards are overseen by a panel of judges made up of staff from across our services.
This year it was particularly difficult to pick the winners since we had so many well deserving enteries after having over 130 nominations!
That said, after many discussions the awards panel managed to come to an agreement on the winners, who are listed below.
The Service User Award for the Linda Polan Trophy.
Linda Polan was a service user at C&I who made a big difference in the lives of other service users with her ethos of: Pillows Not Policies. This award is given to a service user who has made an exceptional and practical contribution to the lives of other service users over the past year, using their experience to help others.
Special Commendation: FAM Group
The Football and Music Group (FAM) is a team of 10 young men from BME backgrounds. The team have performed the song they wrote and produced - ' Lifting the Cup' - at many live events, including a special event at the Emirates stadium celebrating their project. They have also been nominated in two categories for a national mental health award. Their involvement has benefited their physical and mental health tremendously and their performances have given many people pleasure and helped remove the stigma surrounding mental health.
Find out more about FAM on their website.
Winner: John Tobierre
He used in own experience to help others who are suffering from mental health issues.
"John is a member of the C&I's Nubian Users Forum (NUF) and soon took charge of the kitchen and cooked lunch for all their meetings and special events. John would encourage other NUF members to cook with him and his experience and aptitude meant that they were all learning new valuable and important skills.
"He has also been part of planning sessions for the Recovery College and other service user events.
"John gives motivational talks to others and offers peer support for those who use our SMS services. His aim is to stop others going down the same road he did."
Carer of the Year
This is for a carer who has made an exceptional and practical contribution to the lives of service users across C&I over the past year.
Special Commendation: Camden Carers Mental Health Carers Support Group
Winner: Samina Albano
Contribution to mental health by the wider society
This is for those outside the Trust who have made the greatest contribution to service users and/or improving public understanding of mental health issues.
Winner: King's Pharmacy on Kilburn High Road
They have worked with C&I for the past 25 years.
Based close to the Netherwood Day Centre, one of our demenia day services, they go above and beyond the call of duty, including delivering medication to service users to their doors in all weathers.
Volunteer of the Year
Special Commendation: Pets as Therapy Visits - Judy Stapleton and Griselda Vrolyk
Bobbie was among our first canine guests at these awards!
The 'Pets as Therapy dog visits' to the wards are provided by our volunteers - Griselda (with Beatrix the dog) and Judy (with Bobbie). These visits contribute enormously to providing patients with a homely and normal environment and are of particular comfort to those patients who are used to having pets at home.
Winner: Saira Nawaz
"Saira is our longest serving volunteer at C&I. She has been volunteering for more than 18 years and can often be found volunteering most days of the week. She helps out on our trolley service and befriends our patients in our older people wards at Highgate Mental Health Centre and the Netherwood Day Centre. Everybody thinks she is cheerful, smiling and helpful and she also gives her time as a Trust Governor. She is an asset to the Trust and any service she volunteers with."
Support Services Colleague of the Year
This is to recognise domestic, estates, engineering, security and housekeeping staff who go above and beyond to provide excellent service.
Special Commendation: Dave Clough and Vince Bagalo
Winner: Roy Benwell
The team who nominated him say the building is always extremely clean and tidy and it's evident when another cleaner has been covering for him.
Support Worker of the Year
This is for a member of staff in a supportive role and other junior staff, who have made the greatest contribution to the improvement of services or service user wellbeing.
Special Commendation: Lorna Geohagen, from Stacey Street Nursing Home
Winner: Vivienne Stevens, from Daleham Gardens Crisis House
"I feel Viv deserves recognition and a big thank you for all her hard work, dedication and kindness to staff and service users. Viv is unique and one of a kind. I think C&I would be at a loss without this type of integrity."
Manager of the Year
Special Commendation: Hilary Grater and Louise Croker, South Camden iCope service
They both recieved multiple nominations from their team who were delighted to be led by compassionate and diligent members of staff.
Winner: Olakunle Olasoji, Stacey Street
"Ola is a brilliant manager and we have had loads of great feedback from students, visitors, relatives and trust leads. It's evident from this feedback that Stacey Street Nursing Home, which was once at the brink of closure, now, under his leadership, has a new resurgence of energy, vibrancy and good quality care. Ola has been described by one of the top trust leads as 'the man with a mission, the man that rescued a service'. He's done a hard job, in an amazing way."
Clinical Professional of the Year
This is for a staff member in a clinical role who has shown dedication to delivering the best patient care or service improvement while demonstrating C&I's core values.
Special Commendation: James Underhill, from Positive Punch
"James, a clinical psychologist within the community division, works as the project lead for Positive Punch. Positive Punch is a C&I-led multi-agency project working with 16-25 year olds involved in gangs in one of the most deprived areas in Camden. James has worked tirelessly to make mental health interventions accessible for young people for whom seeking help through the usual services is impossible. In doing so, he has been a superb example of the Trust's values."
Winner: David Mason, from the South Camden Drugs Service
"Over two years ago David Mason, one of C&I's substance misuse practitioners, began highlighting the explosion of different types of synthetic drugs used by people who don't normally seek help at drugs services.
To try and find out more he conducted his own research and discovered there was a serious issue with dangerous drug users presenting to clinics and A&E departments in crisis.
David saw what was needed and went on to help set up a Club Drug Clinic at the Margarete Centre.
In the first month, the new GRIP clinic was treating over 20 people who had never set foot in a drugs clinic before.
David did his research, got the facts and then proceeded to lobby senior managers to back his idea to set up a new service."
Colleague of the Year
Winner: Nonie Fennell-Kelly, from the Islington Crisis Resolution Team
"Nonie is a fabulous nurse, always working in a person-centred way even in the fast-paced, high-pressure environment of the crisis team.
Nonie offers our service users a lovely balance of kindness and emotional support coupled with top-quality advice and information.
She does this with admirable authenticity, a real-ness and a little Irish humour, which makes it easy for our clients to relate to her and take on board her suggestions as they progress towards recovery. As a senior member of the crisis team, Nonie constantly provides team leadership and helps guide peers and junior colleagues through any difficulties they have.
Nonie is an absolute star to service users and colleagues alike."
Team of the Year
Special Commendation: Jasper Ward, at HMHC
"I can think of very few patients with whom they have not been able to engage in a positive, therapeutic relationship. Our frail, elderly patients consistently feedback how kind and caring they are and often don't want to leave the ward."
Winner: Islington Memory Service CST Team
They offer early diagnosis, treatment options and support to the people suffering from dementia as well as their carers. Because not all medications are suitable for every type of dementia, the team works together to provide the right support and services. They work hard to make sure its services are fun, creative, welcoming and positive, in essence focusing on people's abilities and maximising them. The team regularly discusses new ways of working, and everybody can contribute to improving the way things are done."
Staff Recognition by a Service User
Double winners: Christopher Storey and Sam Henry