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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust celebrates staff achievement
30 November 2016

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust celebrates staff achievement

We held our 2016 Staff Achievement Awards on Tuesday 29th November at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath.

With over 200 members of staff attending we celebrated achievement across the Trust. Awards were presented by Trust Chair Sue Sjuve and Chief Executive Siobhan Melia to individual winners, and to over 65 staff for long NHS service of 20, 30, 40 years, and to Brenda Barnes, Health Care Assistant in Lewes, with 50 years.

Achievement awards were presented in a number of categories:

  • Achieving Ambition Award – Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Specialist Practitioners Trust wide.
  • Compassionate Care Award – Alison Holman, Team Lead, Responsive Services, Crawley.
  • Encouraging Excellence Award – Hilary Chiffins, Lead Bladder and Bowel Nurse, Brighton & Hove.
  • Making a Difference to Patient Services Award – Mike Callar, Management Accountant – Children’s & Dental Services, Brighton & Hove and West Sussex.
  • Making a Difference to our Staff Award – Muffy Wesley, HR Adviser, Brighton & Hove and High Weald, Lewes and Havens.
  • Mentor of the Year Award – Andrea Illingworth, Programme Manager, Trust wide.
  • New Ideas into Practice Award – Dr Ian Male, Community Paediatrician, Haywards Heath Child Development Centre.
  • Outstanding Newcomer Award – Emily Willis, Child Care Worker, Finches Short Breaks, Chailey Clinical Services.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Friends of Midhurst Community Hospital.
  • Working Together Award – Justin Veysey, Lead Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Diabetes Care for You, Brighton & Hove and High Weald, Lewes and Havens.
  • Chair’s Award – Lisa Black, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Specialist Nurse, Coastal West Sussex. Her husband collected the award on behalf of Lisa who passed away earlier in the year.

At the ceremony more than 60 health care support workers and therapy technicians were presented with their Care Certificate award – an assessment which demonstrates their competency and skill in providing safe, high quality care.

Speaking at the event, Trust chair Sue Sjuve said, “The quality of nominations this year is truly impressive, and it reflects what I see as I visit colleagues across the Trust.

“It makes the judges’ job very difficult of course but it’s a high point of our year because it reminds us of all the fantastic work that our dedicated staff carry out day-in-day-out.

“This year’s awards focus on how our staff and teams live and breathe our vision of excellent care at the heart of the community and our values: compassionate care, working together, achieving ambitions and delivering excellence. For me the greatest accolade is that all the nominees were commended to us by their colleagues or patients. Being shortlisted and winning the awards is just the icing on the cake. Every nominee should feel very proud of themselves and proud to part of the NHS.”

Shortlisting was carried out by a panel of judges including patient and staff side representatives, previous award winners, Deputy Board Chair Stephen Lightfoot and Sue Sjuve.

For full details of all winners please see