The East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) staff awards took place on Thursday 2 November at The Barbican Centre in the City of London to celebrate the work of its staff. Over 800 staff came together to see teams and individuals from across the Trust honoured for the special contribution they make to patient care and to the working lives of their colleagues.
Compere for the event was Dr Paul Gilluley, ELFT’s Interim Chief Medical Officer who joined 20 staff drummers from the ELFT Beats and the Olympic Pandemonium Drummers, in opening the event. Many staff volunteered in the London 2012 Olympics. One of the legacies from this is the continuation of the Pandemonium drummer group which a number of staff are still part of.
The winners of the evening where:
The Quality Improvement Award was won by Dr Jeremy Oliver-Clinical Psychologist and Louisa Morrison-Assistant Psychologist from Tower Hamlets,CAMHS. The second winner was Caroline Ben Zaina-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist at City and Hackney.
The Support Service Award recognises individuals working in support services capacity who have made an outstanding contribution and was won by Isabella Larkin, Head of Transactional Services. The Service User Award was won by Bow Ward from Tower Hamlets.
The Inclusion Award was won by Zaz and Shannaz Wahid, Operational Managers at Luton Psychiatric Liaison Service and Luton CMHTs. The joint winners of the Employee of the Year Award were Matthew Pawelczak , a Healthcare Support Worker from Bedfordshire. Followed by Elaine Galton, an Admin Manager from the Community Learning Disability Service in Tower Hamlets!
The Dr Robert Dolan Leadership Award was won by Tracy Connellan, Charge Nurse at Crystal Ward, Luton.
Joint winners for Team of the Year Award were Millharbour Ward in Tower Hamlets and the Rapid Response Team from Newham.
The Unsung Hero Award recognises individual who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make an outstanding contribution and was won by Faheem Iqbal, Senior Desktop Engineer. Ben Salmons won the Commissioning Award for single-handedly creating and developing a nationwide campaign, appearing on ITV, local and national radio programmes.
The Chief Executive Award was won by Nurse Consultant Rikke Albert for the Hope Wall Project, a creative space for sharing messages of love and support for recovery. Joint winners Amanda Lowe and Dr Qulsoom Inaya won the Chairs Award.