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Chance to nominate NHS staff for award
6:11pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
COUNTY Durham residents are being asked to nominate their healthcare heroes as an NHS trust launches its annual staff awards.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Durham, Darlington and Bishop Auckland, holds the Making a Difference Awards each year to recognise the dedication and achievements of its staff.
The trust, which provides mental health, learning disability, eating disorders and substance misuse services, has opened up nominations to the local community and is inviting service users, their families and carers to put forward people they believe deserve recognition.
There are ten award categories including ‘tackling stigma and promoting social inclusion’, ‘working behind the scenes’ and a new award for 2013 ‘outstanding achievement’.
The trust’s chairwoman, Jo Turnbull, will also present an ‘unsung hero’ award to someone who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment, and she is particularly keen to hear from service users and carers who know someone who went out of their way to make sure they received the best possible care and support.
She said: “Our excellent reputation for providing high quality mental health, learning disability, eating disorders and substance misuse services would not be possible without the commitment of our staff. It is important that we recognise their achievements and the contribution they make to the success of the organisation.
“It is evident from the many letters of thanks that we receive that our staff are greatly valued by service users, their families and carers and we hope many of them will choose to show their appreciation by nominating an individual member of staff or a team through the awards.”
Nominations close on October 28. For more information, visit tewv.nhs.uk/staffawards or call 01325-552223.