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Solihull Together for Better Lives Awards winners announced

Published: 23/03/2015


It was celebrations all round as organisers announced the winners of the inaugural Solihull Together for Better Lives awards at an inspiring ceremony in the Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull on Thursday 19 March.

We were very proud to have been shortlisted for two categories - The Solihull Dementia Discharge to Assess Service for the Dementia-friendly Service category and the Discharge to Assess Team at John Black Centre who was a finalist for the Care Team of the Year Award. Although we were not chosen as winners in either category the teams felt honoured to be shortlisted and recognised for the excellent work they do on a daily basis.

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The awards, developed to recognise and celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations in Solihull to support older people in the community, were held in the presence of the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild and awards host Les Lawrence, Chairman of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Board.

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, representing the award organisers, said, “We hope that the Solihull Together for Better Lives awards will help to raise awareness of the outstanding work which is going on across the public, private and voluntary sectors to support our older residents and, of course, from local people, friends and neighbours too. Our aim is for these awards to become an annual celebration to showcase how we are working together to improve care and support in the borough.”

Dr Brooke continued: “It has been a real privilege to meet so many of the finalists and winners and hear their stories.  What they are doing, whether in a professional or voluntary capacity, to improve the quality of people’s lives, is amazing and inspiring.  We have a lot to be proud of in Solihull.”

Jacqueline Aldred, Chair of Healthwatch Solihull and Chair of the Awards judging panel, commented: “These awards are a first for Solihull and mark an exciting new way of working together. They are a great example of how we want to move forward, with our shared aim of making life better for people in the borough.”

The full list of categories and winners is:

Care Professional of the Year
Mandy Hannigan, Promoting Independence Coordinator, Supported Integrated Discharge Service

Health Professional of the Year
Phillip Hall, Senior Nurse Dementia, Solihull Hospital

Care Team of the Year
Swallows Meadow Court

Primary Care Service of the Year
Hampton Surgery

Award for Dementia-friendly Service
Solihull Council’s Arts and Libraries Service

Award for Collaborative Working
Solihull Partnership’s Winter Warmth Campaign Project Team

Award for Outstanding Project Delivered in the Community
Paul Murtagh, Walking Football at Beechcroft Multi Sports Community Club
Thursday Club, Solihull Synagogue

Award for an Outstanding Initiative in Supported Living
The Team at Phoenix House Extra Care Service

Award for Outstanding Customer Experience
George Fentham Trust Lunch Club, Hampton-in-Arden

Award for Outstanding Neighbour
Alan Jones and Andrew Orchard

Chairman’s Award
Solihull Community Housing

Visit www.solihulltogether.co.uk to read more about the winners and awards.