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Service users and carers nominate winning allotment group in NHS Quality and Excellence Awards

Published: 21/09/2016

 The finalists in this year’s Quality and Excellence Awards at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) were congratulated for their outstanding achievement at an award ceremony in Birmingham.

The Trust received and overwhelming response from patients and their carers to nominate a member of staff or  team who has made an exceptional contribution to their care over the past 12 months.

This year’s award categories included: Rising Star, Unsung Hero, Excellence in Partnership Working, Compassion in Quality, Clinical Team of the Year, Finance and Quality, and Service User and Carer Choice Award. 


The winning team, voted entirely by service users and their carers is the North Assertive Outreach Team’s allotment group, nominated for their excellent patient. The programme of work that has been introduced through the allotment group’s activities has inspired patients to get outdoors and take regular exercise, which all helps to improve their mental and physical health that promotes recovery.

The allotment team’s nomination states: “Staff work hard to make the allotment project a success and get service users involved. They have a positive approach and they help us to learn new skills like planting and handling seeds. They make us feel that our contribution is valued.”


John Short, Chief Executive at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted with the nominations submitted in this year’s Quality and Excellence Awards.

“Each and every nomination form received described the great work and remarkable care that is being delivered across the Trust by individuals and teams.

“Choosing the finalists was a very challenging task as each and every nomination was worthy of an award. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination and help us to thank the people who work our Trust for their high quality and excellent care to people who need the services we deliver.”


Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services to people in Birmingham and Solihull, in community, acute and forensic settings.


Sue Davis, Chair at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Quality and Excellence Awards is an opportunity for everyone to recognise our excellent workforce and thank them for all their efforts in making patient care the very best it can be.

“All of the nominations we received detailed the efforts of individuals and teams who really go over and above their duty to ensure that the people that need our services, and their carers, receive mental health services that are of the very highest standard.

“We are extremely proud those who were nominated and congratulate this year’s finalists for their well-deserved recognition.”


Finalists from all categories in this year’s Quality and Excellence awards can be found at http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/about-us/quality-and-excellence-awards-2016/

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