Having a user focus

Winner: Sheppey Inreach Team, HMP Emley and Swaleside

The Sheppey Inreach team have introduced and implemented a number of different programmes within prisons. These programmes have inspired and motivated individuals to make significant changes to improve their health and outlook on life. The dedication of the team is vital to their well being as one nominator stated ‘For the first time in my life I feel that I am making a difference and this has helped me with my own self worth.’

Runner up: Hamid Ghazzali, Greenwich Recovery Team

Hamid’s dedication to the development and management of his football team is greatly appreciated by those service users who take part. Hamid is described as building confidence and is described as a ‘Great character who understands our needs.’

Commended: Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Team

Shortlisted for two awards, this small team is in very high demand and efficiently offers support to users and staff. The team has supported parents of children with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia and the team’s exceptional work is highly praised. Members of the team were nominated by service users, the sickle cell support group and their colleagues.

Commended: Sharon Sheldrick, Norman Ward

Sharon has been described as an extremely caring member of staff, as not only does she provide excellent care but also devises new and original initiatives to motivate and entertain patients as a Ward Entertainment Coordinator.

Commended: Comfort Adeyeye, Older Adults Community Mental Health Team

Comfort’s dedication and determination has enabled her to not shy away from challenges, and has enabled her to grow and develop in a newly reconfigured service. Her ‘can do’ attitude has meant that she is supportive of her team, has service users as her main priority and focuses on providing the best service for them.