Staff, service users and volunteers were commended at the annual Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) Star of the Year Awards – which, due to Covid-19, were held virtually on Thursday 19 November. The awards were a chance to recognise the amazing work carried out by everyone over the past 12 months – particularly during the pandemic.
The evening, which was hosted by Trust Chair, Jackie Smith, included fantastic special pre-recorded performances by the Trust Choir and north London band and friends of the Trust, The Silencerz, which were dedicated to C&I staff and service users.
At the beginning of the event, staff and service users took a moment to remember Andy Costa, our much-missed ward administrator on Pearl and Garnet wards, who sadly died in April with Covid-19. Staff and service users also took a moment to remember our service users who have also sadly died due to Covid-19.
Winners of each of the 14 award categories were congratulated on their achievements and were virtually awarded a trophy and gift voucher.
Please see below a full list of our winners:
Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion: staff award: Alhaji Mansaray
Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion: service user/community award: Joint 1st: Bee Ororo and Julie Harrington (C&I Choir), and Bev (Side by Side Network)
Community Partner Award: Joint 1st: Camden Resilience Network – lead voluntary sector organisations – Mind in Camden & Likewise – and Catherine Tidnam and Ben Ledden of Green City Projects (GCP)
Cultural Pillars Implementation Award: Paulette Brown
Digital Innovation of the Year: iCope Camden and Islington
Frontline Service Award: David Withall
Leader of the Year: Dr Janet Obeney-Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award: Chris Manby
Linda Polan Trophy – service user award: Neil Davies
Quality Improvement: Project of the Year resulting in a service improvement: Crisis Single Point of Access QI project
Staff recognition by a service user award: Leon Honeysett
Team of the Year: Sapphire Ward
Volunteer of the Year: David Sugar
Wellbeing Champion of the Year: Dr Beverley Flint
Sally Quinn, Director of HR and Organisational Development, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our fantastic Star of the Year winners and nominees. 2020 has been a year like no other. I can’t begin to say how proud I am of our staff members, service users and volunteers for their contribution to addressing the challenges of Covid-19.
“Although we weren’t able to celebrate our awards in person like we usually do, the awards were still a chance to have an evening dedicated to saying thank you to our NHS and C&I stars.”
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.