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Outstanding staff and volunteers who go the extra mile to help patients have been honoured at a local healthcare ‘Oscars’ event.
The Dorset HealthCare 2017 Heroes Awards celebrated the work of teams and individuals around the county who have made a real difference over the past 12 months.
Patients, carers and fellow staff nominated people across the whole range of physical and mental health services provided in community or inpatient settings by the NHS Trust. A panel of judges then selected the winners, which were announced during a ceremony at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Nationally renowned clinical psychologist and broadcaster Prof. Tanya Byron gave a keynote speech and presented the first award. She said: “I couldn’t do my job without contributions from organisations and staff like yours. You all deserve an award.”
The 2017 award winners were:
Andy Willis, Chair of Dorset HealthCare, said: “I was humbled and inspired by these stories, which illustrate how far our staff will go to help and support the people of Dorset.
“The people who work for Dorset HealthCare are without doubt our greatest asset, and we are delighted to be able to recognise some truly outstanding work.”
The awards followed Dorset HealthCare’s Annual Members’ Meeting, where Trust governors, members, staff and other guests gathered to hear about the Trust’s work during 201/17, and plans to develop and improve services over the next 12 months.
The day also featured a special ‘thank-you’ lunch for some of the many carers and volunteers around Dorset who provide tireless support for the Trust. And there was a ‘Dragons’ Den’ event, where staff pitched ideas to help enhance services for patients.
Two pitches were successful. An award of £3,500 will help fund therapeutic dance classes to help improve patients’ mobility, balance and confidence. And the panel of ‘dragons' also pledged £3,460 to support a regular music classes to support the recovery of young people with mental health issues at Pebble Lodge in Bournemouth.