Nominations are now open for the inaugural Solihull – Together for Better Lives awards. The awards recognise individuals and organisations who are working together to make life better for Solihull residents. They have been created by a partnership of local health and social care organisations: Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Solihull Council, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Solihull’s primary care providers, the voluntary and community sector and lay members representing the Solihull community.
The focus of this year’s awards is care and support for older people. There are 11 award categories including the Solihull Together award for Dementia friendly service, Care and Health Professionals of the Year and Outstanding Neighbour. Nominations are welcome from Solihull residents, family members of people living in Solihull and anyone working in Solihull.
Full details and nomination forms are available at www.solihulltogether.co.uk. Information and forms will also be available at locations around Solihull including libraries, GP surgeries and care homes. The closing date for nominations is Monday 2 March.
Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explains: “We are excited to be launching the Solihull – Together for Better Lives awards which recognise the work going on across Solihull to provide people with the right care and support, when they need it and in the place that’s best for them. In particular, this year, we want to highlight individuals or groups of people who are making life better for older people in Solihull by working together across the public, private and voluntary sector. People who need care and support services want to feel as though their care comes from one team, regardless of who provides or pays for those services.
Dr Brooke continues: “We want to know if you, or a family member, have had a great experience of care and support which has made life better or easier. Or if you’ve received care from an individual, or team of people, who has gone the extra mile and provided an amazing service.”
The Solihull - Together for Better Lives Awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 19 March at the Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull. The ceremony will be hosted by Les Lawrence, Chairman of the Heart of England NHS Trust Foundation and presented by the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Mrs Kate Wild.
Members of the Solihull Together for Better Lives judging panel (from left to right): Kevin Rudge from HEFT’s Citizens Panel, Cllr Ken Meeson, Chair of the Solihull Health & Wellbeing Board, and Pat Wilkinson, an Expert by Experience.