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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Who will you nominate in this year’s local NHS awards?

Published: 22/08/2019

Nominations are now open for service users and carers to vote for an NHS individual staff member, or an NHS team, who has made an outstanding contribution to their care and recovery.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) launched their annual Quality and Excellence Awards this month, inviting people who have been cared for by their staff, or carers or family members of those in their services, to tell them how a particular individual, or a team, has delivered exceptional care and supported them to live well with their mental health.

This the Trust delivers care out of more than 40 sites across Birmingham and Solihull, providing a wide range of inpatient, community and specialist mental health services for people of all ages, including their talking therapy service Birmingham Healthy Minds.

Ann Brady
Ann Brady - Service User and Carer Choice Award winner 2018

The ‘Service User and Carer Choice Award’ aims to celebrate members of staff who have made a difference to service user care and improved the experiences of those using the Trust’s services by going out of their way to show compassion and kindness in the care their provide.

Roisin Fallon-Williams, Chief Executive at the Trust, said: ‘These awards are a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work of our staff, and those individuals and teams who go above and beyond to make a huge impact on service user care and recovery. The Service User and Carer Choice Award is a particularly exciting award as the nominations come directly from our service users and carers.’

Last year’s winner of the Service User and Carer Choice Award was nominated by a service user in one of the inpatient units in Birmingham. Ann Brady, a healthcare assistant, was praised for her dedicated contribution to their care and rehabilitation.

Ann, said: “I was absolutely delighted to be nominated by someone I had helped care for during their period of ill health. It was so special to hear what a difference I made to the person who nominated me, and know that I had made a positive contribution to their recovery journey.

“I would encourage anyone who has had that special someone, or a team, who has made a fantastic difference to their care with compassion, kindness and understanding, to nominate them in this year’s awards.”

For more information about the awards and to nominate, please go to their website: www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/qeawards 

If you would like a paper copy of the nomination form or if you have any queries, please contact the communications and marketing team on 0121 301 1238 or bsmhft.QandEAwards2019@nhs.net.

The deadline for nominations is 12 noon Monday 23 September 2019. 
The finalists will be announced shortly after this date, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday 13 November 2019.
Q&E Awards 2019