Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust celebrates staff achievement
24 November 2017

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust celebrates staff achievement

We held our 2017 Staff Achievement Awards on Wednesday 22nd November at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton.

With over 220 members of staff attending we celebrated achievement across the Trust. Awards were presented by Trust Chair Peter Horn and Chief Executive Siobhan Melia to individual winners, and to over 80 staff for long NHS service of 20, 30, 40 years, and to Enid Chamberlain, Leg Ulcer Nurse Clinic and Susan Dewar, Clinical Nurse Specialist with 50 years.

We also recognised more than 90 Health Care Support Workers and Therapy Technicians who have successfully achieved the Care Certificate.

Achievement awards were presented in a number of categories:

  • Compassionate Care Award – Phillip Miles, Case Manager
  • Inclusive Leader Award – Cara Mitchell, Nurseries Business Manager, Nurseries – Brighton, Crawley and Hove
  • Making a Difference - Individual Award – Barney Bristow, Data Analyst, Time to Talk and Time to Talk Health, West Sussex
  • Making a Difference - Team Award – School Nurses, Healthy Child Programme, Brighton & Hove
  • Outstanding Newcomer Award – Joanna Lightfoot, Healthcare Assistant, Inpatient Unit, Crowborough War Memorial Hospital
  • Quality Improvement Award – Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Outpatient Teams, Crawley and Horsham Hospitals 
  • Research and Innovation Award – Catherine Evans, Director of Research and Innovation
  • Working in Partnership Award – Barbara Graham and Christine Ramsbottom, Community Liaison Matrons, Integrated Discharge Team, Central Area
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Service by Emergency Rider Vehicles (SERV), Sussex  
  • Chair’s Award – Deidre Gumbrell and Sheila HughesToy Library, Conway Court, Hove
  • Chief Executive's Award – Christine Morris, Community Children’s Nurse, Children’s & Young People’s Community Nursing Team, West Sussex

Speaking at the event, Trust Chair Peter Horn 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.

“For me the greatest accolade is that all the nominees were commended to us by their colleagues or patients. Being a finalist and winning an award 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, a volunteer, clinical staff, Pulic Governor, Non-executive Director Stephen Lightfoot and Peter Horn.

For full details of all winners please see