Oxleas celebrates outstanding work at annual Recognition Awards

Outstanding work and achievements were celebrated today at the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Annual Recognition Awards.

We received hundreds of nominations from across our services and this year’s winners and runners-up were announced in front of 200 colleagues, patients, carers and our event sponsors, Galliford Try, at a special ceremony at The Beaverwood in Chislehurst.

In addition to the nine category awards, Edison Phiri was announced as the winner of an award chosen by our Governors, for his outstanding contribution to patient care.  Our Governors represent local residents and people who use our services.

Edison works as a community mental health nurse within our Adult Mental Health services. He was nominated for his ‘genuine passion for his job role. He is supportive, encouraging and caring and makes an enormous positive change in lives – a real asset to Oxleas.’

There were also two winners of a new award, the Chair’s Commendation chosen by our Chair, Andy Trotter.

One of these awards went to The Burgess Team at the Bracton Centre in recognition of their remarkable journey of recovery and healing following an incident last summer when a patient attacked two members of staff, seriously injuring both. The team has cared for and supported each other and patients on the path to recovery, continuing to provide excellent care for patients. The award also recognised the work of other staff at the Bracton Centre, who bravely sought to assist their colleagues to keep patients safe and those who have worked tirelessly since to ensure everyone has received the support they need to help them come to terms with what happened.

Oxleas Chief Executive, Ben Travis, said: “Congratulations to all of our winners and those who were nominated. The awards are one of the ways that we can recognise and reward the hard work of staff, who have often gone ‘above and beyond’ their duties whilst working at Oxleas.

“I’m pleased to be able to thank them on behalf of Oxleas for the exceptional work and care they provide.”

We also recognised those who have given 30 or more years’ service to Oxleas with the presentation of a Long Service Award.


The winners and runners-up were:

Having a user focus

Winner: Roderick Hough, a children’s therapy technician at Goldie Leigh
Runners-up: Angela Williams and Holbrook Ward (Queen Mary’s Hospital) / Edison Phiri, community mental health nurse


Winner: Criminal Justice Liaison Team
Runners-up: Dr Jane Dickson, community sexual health / Mucktarr Carew, bed manager


Winner: Greenwich Cardiac Rehab Team
Runners-up: HMP Rochester Inreach Mental Health Team / Oaktree Lodge

Being responsive

Winner: Karen Rodwell, modern matron
Runners-up: Marian Hehir, support care worker / IT Team


Winner: Greenwich Immunisation Team
Runners-up: Robert Barnes, work skills instructor / Andi Janko and Babatunde Adigun, physiotherapists

Equality and Inclusion

Winner: Tall Trees, learning disability day service (Goldie Leigh Hospital site)
Runners-up: Dean Castle, emotional wellbeing mentor / Frederica Joseph, employment support worker


Winner: Shingairai Chirisa, modern matron
Runners-up: Caroline Costin, ward manager / Amanda Newman, continence case manager


Winner: Edison Phiri, community mental health nurse
Runners-up: Jenny Fisher, head of diabetes care / Community Podiatry Team

Special recognition

Winner: Tanya Biebuyck, community psychiatric nurse
Runners-up:  Emotional Wellbeing Mentors Scheme, HMP Swaleside / Ayub Gul, healthcare assistant / Acorns Reception Team

Governors’ Award

Edison Phiri, community mental health nurse

Chair’s Commendation

The Burgess Team, the Bracton Centre
Barbara Doolin, cashier


Read our winners' citations.

Published on 8th March 2017