Heroes 2017 - Winners

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The 2017 award winners were:

  • Improving Lives – the ‘Fight Back’ Mental Health Team, based in Weymouth. Working with Weymouth Boxing Club, a trio of mental health support workers set up a weekly boxing class which boosts people’s physical health and fosters hope, patience and respect.

(from left) Nominator Debbie Fereday, award presenter Prof. Tanya Byron and Lewis Chambers of the ‘Fight Back’ Mental Health Team

Fight Back - Mental Health - Improving lives winners
  • Respect and Dignity – Xena Dion, Health Visitor, based in Poole. Xena has worked tirelessly to build good relationships with the Traveller community – supporting families, encouraging them to take responsibility for their health, and ensuring they receive the care they need without prejudice.

Xena Dion and award presenter Chris Balfe, Dorset HealthCare Lead Governor

  • Compassion and Kindness – Yasmin Kehru, Healthcare Support Worker at Guernsey Ward, Alderney Hospital in Poole. Caring Yasmin always notices how patients look and makes sure their hair, make-up and clothes are how they would want to be. Nothing is ever too much bother.

Award presenter Caroline Hamblett, CEO at Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, and Yasmin Kehru

  • Leadership and Management – Jon Kimber, Community Rehab Team Lead, Bridport Hospital. Jon leads by example and is an inspiration to his team. He ensures they are able to take on complex and challenging cases, and always do the right thing for their patients

Award presenter Ron Shields, Dorset HealthCare Chief Executive, and Jon Kimber

  • Everyone Counts ­­– Stuart Bareham, Practice Educator, based in Poole. Stuart seeks views from experts to inform training sessions for staff and students, to help ensure quality care for patients. In particular, his mental health awareness training provides a better understanding of patients’ needs.
  • Award presenter Cllr Gill Taylor, deputy Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, and Stuart Bareham

    • Working Together for Patients – Weymouth and Portland Community Urgent Care Team. They showed huge commitment and teamwork to ensure a smooth transition from a minor injury unit at Weymouth Hospital to the new Urgent Care Centre, embracing change to deliver a service to be proud of.

    Award presenter Dr Karen Kirkham, Assistant Clinical Chair of NHS Dorset CCG (sixth from left), and the Weymouth and Community Urgent Care Team

    • Commitment to Quality of Care – Anne-Marie Seraphin, Senior Sister at Alderney Hospital, Poole. Before her retirement, Anne-Marie went to great lengths to support the development of her staff, making sure they had not only the clinical skills but also the right values to deliver excellent care.

    Award presenter Becky Aldridge Chief Executive of Dorset Mental Health Forum, and Anne-Marie Seraphin

    • Bank Work – Judy Munden, Bank Healthcare Assistant, based at Bridport Hospital. Judy is always available at crucial times, often at short notice. She ensures patients understand information and have food and drink if attending all-day appointments, and often helps look after challenging patients with dementia.

    Award presenter Dr Paul French, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS Dorset CCG, and Judy Munden

    • Volunteering – Pain Service Peer Advisors John Hurley, Mike Forte, Barbie Hooper, Carol Calf and Lynda Lane, based in Poole. Despite their own health problems, they give up their own time to help others learn how to manage their pain. They provide invaluable support and make a real difference to people’s lives.

    Award presenter Steve Cole, Governor and Chair of Blandford Community League of Friends, and Barbie Hooper, Lynda Lane and Mike Forte

    • Team of the Year – Catering Team, Bridport Hospital. As well as continuing to deliver high-quality food for patients and visitors, the team have shown a real willingness to improve, developing their skills and researching new recipes.

    Award presenter Peter Allam, Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, with the Bridport Hospital Catering Team

    • Outstanding Contribution – Nicki Jenks, Exercise Instructor, Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth. Nicki runs a weekly physical health clinic for people using mental health services, and provides a varied physical activity programme which has boosted patients’ fitness and wellbeing.

    award presenter Fiona Haughey, Dorset HealthCare Director of Nursing and Quality, and Nicki Jenks

    • Public and Patient Engagement – Pebble Lodge Team, Bournemouth. Pebble Lodge provides inpatient care for young people with mental health issues. The team have worked hard to make sure the views of patients, and their families, play a key role in how services are delivered.

    Pebble Lodge team members Kate Russell, Chris Jarrold, Luke Webb and Naomi Jenkins with award presenter Anna Anderson, Healthwatch Dorset Board member.

    • Being a Learning Organisation – the Management Accounts Assistants Team, based in Poole. They have embraced new software, taken on extra responsibilities and are studying in their own time to learn new skills and develop their expertise.

    Award presenter Clive Matthews, Director of Employer Engagement at Bournemouth University, and Simon Tranter from the Management Accounts Assistants Team

    • Better Every Day Award – Greg Coomer, Head Chef at Pebble Lodge, Bournemouth. Greg runs popular weekly cooking sessions for young patients during school holidays, inspiring an interest in healthy eating and equipping them with skills which will last their whole lives.

    Award presenter Andy Willis, Chair of Dorset HealthCare, and Greg Coomer

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