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Finalists for Solihull Together for Better Lives Awards announced

Solihull Editorial 10th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE FINALISTS in the 2016 Solihull Together for better lives Awards have been announced.

Now in its second year, the Solihull-Observer supported awards attracted over 100 nominations from Solihull residents, professionals and local organisations – twice as many nominations as last year.

Winners in each category – including the Observer-sponsored Outstanding Neighbour Award – will be revealed at the awards ceremony which will be held at the Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane on the afternoon of Thursday, April 21.

The awards will be hosted by the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, Chair of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and former Government Home Secretary.

The awards were created in 2015 by the Solihull Together for better lives partnership: NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Solihull voluntary and community sector and lay members representing people using their services, their carers and the wider Solihull community.

For 2016 the awards are celebrating the work of individuals and organisations who provide outstanding care and support to adults in Solihull.

The Solihull Together Chairman’s Award, which is given by the Awards Judging Panel to an individual or organisation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the lives of Solihull citizens, will be revealed at the ceremony.

The named category finalists were announced as follows:

Care Professional of the Year:

  • Joanne Mackinnon, Welcome Charity.
  • Andy Warmington, Inclusive Sports Academy CIC.
  • Michelle Meddings, Promoting Independence Team, Solihull Council

Health Professional of the Year:

  • Dr Susan Powell, Consultant Geriatrician, Solihull Hospital.
  • Dr Vijayan Suresh, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Solihull Hospital.
  • Dr Reema Swarma, Associate Specialist Doctor, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Care Team of the Year:

  •  CREST (Community Rehabilitation Enablement & Support Team), Solihull Council.
  • David Bromley House Team, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Care of the Elderly Team, Solihull Hospital.
  • Aviary House, Home Group.

Primary Care Service of the Year:

  • Memory Assessment Service, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Hobs Moat Medical Centre.
  • Amanda Shakespeare & Dorridge Surgery.

Award for Dementia-friendly Service:

  • Moments Café, Solihull.
  • Swallows Meadow Court, Care & Nursing Home.
  • Admiral Nurses, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.
  • Enhanced Care Team, Solihull Hospital.

Award for Collaborative Working:

  • Regulatory Services Team, Solihull Council.
  • Solihull Community Housing’s Wellbeing Service.
  • Solihull Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme.
  • Discharge to Assess Team.

Award for Outstanding Project Delivered in the Community:

  • Cycling Projects/Solihull Council.
  • Gro Organic CIC.
  • Aviary House, Home Group.

Beyond the Call of Duty Award:

  • Becky McGann, Solihull Community House’s Wellbeing Service.
  • Phyllis Bayley, Health Exchange.
  • Emma Francis, Home Group.

Award for Outstanding Customer Experience:

  • Hampton Health & Fitness Club
  • Solihull Connect
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology Department, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Award for Outstanding Neighbour:

  • Sue Piper & Sarah Miles
  • Steve and Tina Hands
  • Wendy Wood