Outstanding staff and volunteers from across Torbay and South Devon health and social care services have been recognised at an awards ceremony celebrating their hard work and dedication.
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s first ever ‘Staff Heroes’ awards ceremony took place last week (Thursday 26 September) recognising individuals or groups whose energy, commitment and dedication is making a real difference to their colleagues or to the people who are receiving health and social care in the local area.
Staff, volunteers and their guests attended the event, which was held at the Grand Hotel, Torquay. Nominations are made throughout the year by members of the public and by staff, and were judged by a panel of experts and independent members.
The Trust’s Strategic Estates Partnership – SDH Innovations Partnership – kindly sponsored the awards ceremony alongside the Trust’s Charitable Funds.
This year there were seven award categories as well as a special ‘Chairman’s Award’. Award categories included strengthening partnerships, wellbeing at work, individual awards (support services / clinical services), team award, sharing information and prevention and staying well.
Trophies and certificates were presented by members of the Trust’s Executive Team including Liz Davenport (Chief Executive) and Sir Richard Ibbotson (Chairman).
Liz Davenport, Chief Executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We want to make a special effort to say a very public ‘thank you’ to those people who are doing exceptional work so I would like to say a very big ‘well done’ to our winners as well as our finalists!
“These awards are our way of recognising those staff and volunteers who make a real difference to the people who use our services or to the staff they support. Sharing their stories and hearing what they achieve is inspirational and truly heart-warming, and I was very proud to be part of this event.
“We received so many nominations and everyone deserves to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to great care. I would also like to say thank you to those who submitted the nominations for taking the time and effort to share their appreciation.”
Sir Richard Ibbotson, Chairman of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am privileged that my role permits me to go out and about and meet staff from across the Trust. It really is an honour to work with people who are so enthusiastic and committed to providing high quality health and social care to the people of Torbay and South Devon.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who received an award at this year’s ceremony, as well as all those who were nominated. The Staff Heroes Awards are one of the ways we recognise our staff and volunteers and acknowledge the positive impact they make on the lives of local people.
“I would also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to our sponsors too, SDH Innovations Partnership alongside the Trust’s Charitable Funds, as without them the awards ceremony would not have been possible.”
If you know someone who you think deserves to be at the awards next year, nominate them (an individual or a team) for a ‘Staff Heroes’ award by visiting: www.tsdft.uk/staffheroes