The Recognition Awards were presented at our Annual Members' Meeting on 30 September 2015 in categories based on our six values with one additional category for leading and inspiring.

We received 205 nominations from service users, carers, members, staff and colleagues in partner organisations which made choosing the winners particularly hard.

The awards were judged by a panel including governors, staff and board members.

Thank you to everyone who made a nomination, and congratulations to all who were nominated.

Vicki Smith, Placement Development Manager

Vicky’s efforts over the last few years to gain training for her team ensures that staff professional development is a focal point and they feel valued.

She spends hours ensuring no training opportunity is missed, making sure if people can get onto courses, they do. She’s even developed a 5-day health care assistant programme which is delivered four times a year, to around 75 people each time.

Staff Recognition Awards 2015: Winner - Learning: Vicki Smith, Placement Development Manager
Staff Recognition Awards 2015: Winner - Learning: Vicki Smith, Placement Development Manager

Sharon Rodrigues, Patient Information Project Worker

If you’ve seen any of our Easy Read literature, then Sharon is probably behind it.

Patients say she is clear, tells them what’s going on and keeps in touch with them. She leads our ‘Can you understand it’ group, providing key help and advice to people with learning difficulties.

Fiona Pywell, The Psychosexual Counselling Service

Fiona is one of our part-time staff who squeezes as much into her week as possible. She helps people with a range of issues from sexual abuse to low libido and everything in-between, recognising the sensitivity needed to help people who have required courage to ask for a referral.

Fiona ensures her knowledge of culture and anxiety are drawn upon to set the pace of treatment to enable people to learn how to move forward. “We’re very lucky to have such an effective psychosexual nurse councillor working within Oxleas” – said the service’s head of profession.