It was celebrations all round as organisers announced the winners of the third annual Solihull Together Awards at an inspiring ceremony in the Renewal Conference Centre on Friday 31 March.
Established in 2015, the Awards celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations from across the borough that support vulnerable and frail people in Solihull.
Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Solihull Together programme said, “Health and care organisations have a long and proud tradition of working together in Solihull to improve outcomes for our residents. To achieve our shared ambition of making the care and support we provide join up better as one system, we need to keep working together as organisations, professionals and local people. That’s what Solihull Together is all about.
Dr Brooke continued: “Through these Awards we celebrate the dedication of professionals who bring about improvements in care and the passion of local people making a difference in their communities. Each year it is a real privilege to meet 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.”
The full list of categories and winners is:
Care Professional of the Year
Darren Townsend, Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker
Care Team of the Year
STEPS (Support Towards Employment Progression & Satisfaction), Solihull Council
Macmillan Palliative Care Therapy Team, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Enhanced Recovery at Home scheme (Delirium and Dementia Outreach Team), Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Health Professional of the Year
Geraldine Russell, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Inspiring Leader (Joint winners)
Linda Murphy, Manager, Bacons End Day Centre, Solihull Council
Suzi Thomas, Team Manager, Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS)
Millie Skinner, Founder member Friends of Solihull Hospital
Outstanding Community Project
Solihull Borough Talking Newspapers Association
Outstanding Customer Care (Joint winners)
Homes Library Service, Solihull Council
Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS)
Primary Care Service of the Year
Bernays and Whitehouse Medical Partnership
Amy Jackson, The Lily Mae Foundation
Visit www.solihulltogether.co.uk to read more about the awards and the 2017 winners.