On Thursday 2 May, Camden Memory Service Team Manager, Ian Sherriffs, was taken by surprise during a team meeting when he was awarded with our latest Star of the Month award.
Ian, who has worked at the Trust since 2015, was nominated by his colleagues - Assistant Practitioners, Sarah Boughetane and Kandahke Johnson - for being an outstanding, supportive and approachable manager and for his continuous work to provide insightful clinical guidance and care to patients.
Ian began his career as a band 5 nurse within Camden Memory Service and since then has progressed within the Trust into his current role as Team Manager. His nomination clearly demonstrates how much he is valued and respected by his colleagues, with the nomination noting:
• Ian always embeds and encourages members of the team to follow areas of interest that inspire us naturally. He meets with us to discuss aspirations and how we can build this into our daily work.
• Ian values staff involvement and regularly meets with us in order to get an honest picture of work challenges and works alongside us to find solutions. Doing this is helpful and it makes us feel empowered and helps with team morale. Ian is always there to listen and gives us a voice within the team.
• Ian works collaboratively in order to ensure that Camden Memory Service continues to deliver high quality care to all members of staff and service users. He demonstrates this by working closely with other teams such as the Community Mental Health Teams and Islington Memory Service to find solutions for service users and implement strategies to use in the work place. Ian displays this through his service user involvement group work. Ian has also presented to third party sectors such as Third Age Project. Using these connections not only helps to broaden the awareness of the memory service but provides strong links with other community and clinical services.
Ian said: “I am very thankful to Sarah and Kandahke for nominating me for the Star of the Month award - I was very surprised. Camden Memory Service is a great team that has given me the opportunity to develop as a Mental Health Nurse and a Team Manager of which I am grateful for, I hope to continue to support my staff to do the same.”
As part of the award, Ian was presented with a gift voucher, certificate, badge and cakes and applauded by his colleagues from the service.
Trust Chair, Leisha Fullick, who presented Ian with the award, said: “This really is one of the best Star of the Month nominations we have ever received and it’s clear to see what a supportive and outstanding manager Ian is – I’m so happy to be presenting this award.”
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