Solihull Together for Better Lives winners announced at awards ceremony - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Together for Better Lives winners announced at awards ceremony

Solihull Editorial 10th Apr, 2017   0

IT WAS celebrations all round as organisers announced the winners of the third annual Solihull Together Awards at an inspiring ceremony in the Renewal Conference Centre on Friday (March 31)

Established in 2015, the Awards – proudly supported by The Solihull Observer – celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations from across the borough that support vulnerable and frail people in Solihull.

The ceremony itself was hosted by Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, former Home Secretary and current Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Hundreds of finalists, winners and their supporters, were joined by associates and partners of the awards for coffee and cake and the fabulous ceremony itself.

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Solihull Together programme said: “Health and care organisations have a long and proud tradition of working together in Solihull to improve outcomes for our residents.

“To achieve our shared ambition of making the care and support we provide join up better as one system, we need to keep working together as organisations, professionals and local people. That’s what Solihull Together is all about.

“Through these Awards we celebrate the dedication of professionals who bring about improvements in care and the passion of local people making a difference in their communities.

“Each year it is a real privilege to meet the finalists and winners and hear their stories. What they are doing, whether in a professional or voluntary capacity, to improve the quality of people’s lives, is amazing and inspiring. We have a lot to be proud of in Solihull.”

The full list of categories and winners :

Care Professional of the Year: Darren Townsend, Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker

Care Team of the Year: STEPS (Support Towards Employment Progression & Satisfaction), Solihull Council

Collaborative Working: Macmillan Palliative Care Therapy Team, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Dementia-friendly Service: Enhanced Recovery at Home scheme (Delirium and Dementia Outreach Team), Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Health Professional of the Year: Geraldine Russell, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Inspiring Leader (Joint winners):

* Linda Murphy, Manager, Bacons End Day Centre, Solihull Council

* Suzi Thomas, Team Manager, Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS)

Local Hero: Millie Skinner, Founder member Friends of Solihull Hospital

Outstanding Community Project: Solihull Borough Talking Newspapers Association

Outstanding Customer Care (Joint winners)

* Homes Library Service, Solihull Council

* Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS)

Primary Care Service of the Year: Bernays and Whitehouse Medical Partnership

Chairman’s Award:

Amy Jackson, The Lily Mae Foundation

Visit to read more about the awards and the 2017 winners.

Turn to pages 6&7 for pictures of all the winners.

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