15/05/2014The Trust held its fifth Excellence Awards event on 14 May to celebrate and recognise the commitment, innovation and achievements of staff and volunteers.
The CAMHs Eating Disorder Support Team scooped the top award for their entry in the People’s Choice – Award for Excellence in Making a Difference. The team were nominated by members of the public Mr & Mrs McCullough for the care of their daughter Amber and were commended for their kindness, professionalism and expert care.
Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle presented each of the finalists with their award and congratulated all of the staff and volunteers from the Southern Trust, stating: "This event is to showcase and celebrate the great work undertaken by staff and volunteers across the Southern Trust. It is commendable that such a high degree of excellence is found throughout all areas of the Trust and from all members of staff right through to the Chief Executive and Trust Board. All those nominated should be congratulated for their desire to deliver care that is patient, client or family centred and for their professionalism in delivering such a high quality service."
Also speaking at the event, Trust Chair Roberta Brownlee said: "This is the fifth year of our Excellence Awards, and I am delighted that it continues to grow each year, and continues to highlight the outstanding measures that our staff and volunteers have gone to in order to make a difference to the patients and clients living and working in the Southern Trust area . As Chair, it is a privilege to witness the dedication and commitment I see right across the Trust on a day and daily basis. I am continually impressed and humbled by the dedication and commitment of our staff to making services better and improving people’s lives."
Addressing guests at the event, Trust Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden said: "We launched the Excellence Awards to recognise the exceptional achievements and contributions of our staff and volunteers, and to highlight how their work brings benefits to our service users and community. These Awards also provide an opportunity for staff to share experiences, helping us learn from each other so we can all improve.
But these Awards are not the only way we recognise staff for their efforts and excellence, and many times staff have said that a simple ‘thank you’ or ‘well done’ is all the recognition they need. That is why we really value the appreciation and support shown to staff by people who use our services, and I get so many lovely letters of thanks to share with staff and that really helps morale. So today also gives me an extra opportunity to recognise how hard all our staff work, how committed they are to excellent care, and to recognise each and every member of the Southern Trust for the very good job they do every day."
The CAMHS Eating Disorder Support Team with Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle and the McCullough family.
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Express Youth with Chief Nursing Charlotte McArdle and nominator Johnny Flynn (below, left).
Home Treatment Crisis Response Service Team with Chief Nursing Officer Charlotte McArdle (below, right).