Staff Achievement Awards 2017                                                 

Our annual staff achievement awards took place on Wednesday, 22 November at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton.

Over 220 members of staff attended.

11 awards were presented by our Chair Peter Horn and Chief Executive Siobhan Melia.

We recognised over 80 staff with long service in the NHS including 20, 30, 40 years, and to Enid Chamberlain, Leg Ulcer Nurse Clinic, and Susan Dewar, Clinical Nurse Specialist, both with 50 years.

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

View our programme with details of our Finalists, staff recognised with long NHS service and staff who have been awarded the Care Certificate during 2017. And watch the awards presentation including judges comments about our winners and/or catch up from our live streaming at the awards ceremony.

And our 2017 winners are:

Compassionate Care Award

Phillip Miles
Case Manager

Whilst Phillip was visiting a long-term patient who is bedbound, the patient reported that she was missing her husband who had recently become unwell and was no longer able to be at home with her. There had been a significant deterioration in his condition and this was causing our patient considerable upset. All she wanted was "to see him and hold his hand."

Phillip responded to this and made arrangements for the patient to go to the local hospital and see her husband before he passed away. He's actions demonstrate our patient-centred approach to delivery of care, it demonstrates a commitment to equality and diversity by providing the time and resource for a significantly disabled patient to achieve her goal and ambition.

Inclusive Leader Award

Cara Mitchell
Nurseries Business Manager, Nurseries – Brighton, Crawley and Hove

Cara would not describe herself as an inclusive leader because inclusivity is a natural part of her leadership style; she does not see it as an add on. She fully embraces diversity and recognises the added value of a diverse workforce. She is constantly seeking new ways of ensuring the children in our nurseries' care have an awareness of the diverse world surrounding them and her support for all her staff is exceptional.

She is a champion of the organisational equality and diversity agenda.     

Making a Difference – Individual Award

Barney Bristow
Data Analyst, Time to Talk and Time to Talk Health, West Sussex

A key part of Barney’s achievement this year has been devising a digital alert tool, which alerts therapists about people who are still experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression mid therapy, allowing the clinician, supervisors and senior staff to target appropriate clinical resource to maximise the potential for full recovery. This has increased the recovery rate by 11-12% in an area of social deprivation, with improvements having a significantly positive impact on vulnerable groups (e.g. young people and those presenting with more complex psychosocial needs and lower levels of education).

This is a fantastic example of how good quality data, systematically collated across hundreds of patients in real-time, can transform how we target face to face clinical initiatives to maximise therapeutic outcomes for patients.

Making a Difference – Team Award

School Nurses, Healthy Child Programme
Brighton & Hove

The School Nurses share a huge amount of work and they never loose their spirit, but instead just get on with their work and crack a joke now and then! The stress and pressure they are under is very high but they are still able to help you and never say no regardless of how busy they are. They are very supportive to the parents and children seeking their advice as well as to each other. They always show their support to their colleagues. They are working amazing as a team but they are also astonishing as individuals.

They are hard working individuals who are respond wonderfully to the needs of the children they are caring for. They are always fighting for every single child who needs their help as though they would be children of their own. They often literally cry for the children which are hurt which displays empathy and love above and beyond the call of duty. They are helping parents who need support so much, and advising them on every possible aspect needed to improve the lives and wellbeing of the children under their care.

Outstanding Newcomer Award

Joanna Lightfoot
Healthcare Assistant, Inpatient Unit, Crowborough War Memorial Hospital

Joanna joined us in September 2015. She has completed her Care Certificate, completed her diploma in Clinical Health Sciences and started the Foundation Degree Apprenticeship Course in September 2017.

This self-development has enabled Joanna to further her knowledge and build on her confidence. She is goal driven and has aims that she wants to achieve. She wants to provide seamless care to the patients in her care and this then will provide continuity for both her, the ward staff and the patients.

Quality Improvement Award

Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Outpatient Teams
Crawley and Horsham Hospitals

Both clinical and administrative colleagues have worked together to introduce the new self-referral service for Crawley and Horsham patients. This means patients can refer themselves into the department to see a physiotherapist or osteopath without ever having to see their GP.

This is an exciting and innovative piece of work that has absolutely benefited patient care and to seen in the right place, first time by the right professional.

The service went live in June 2017 and at the beginning of October all residents are now able to self-refer to physiotherapy.

Research and Innovation Award

Catherine Evans
Director of Research and Innovation

Catherine has built the research appetite and culture at Sussex Community. She encourages research and innovation at all levels, setting out clear strategic goals in line with Trust’s values across our clinical teams. 

She develops, supports and mentors staff so they have the skills and capability to design, secure funding, recruit patients and successfully deliver research studies.

Catherine nurtures collaboration with external bodies such as Universities of Surrey, Kings College London, Sussex, Brighton and Sussex Medical School as well as Children’s Hospital, Zurich. 

She continually demonstrates a passion for clinical research and leads in a professional, approachable, empathic and caring way. 

Working in Partnership Award

Barbara Graham and Christine Ramsbottom
Community Liaison Matrons, Integrated Discharge Team, Central Area

Barbara and Christine both started, developed and established our Integrated Discharge Team based at East Surrey Hospital. This multidisciplinary and multi-agency team work together across different NHS and social care teams to support patient flow in hospital and to get people back home quickly, when it is safe to do so.

Thanks to Barbara and Christine’s collaborative approach, commitment and hard work, the service is highly valued and well respected within the hospital.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Service by Emergency Rider Vehicles (SERV)

The team have added a new volunteer service to their already busy schedule (delivering blood and breast milk across Sussex) and now provide a weekly and ad hoc patient delivery service for our Children and Young People's (CYP) Community Nursing Team. 

Their volunteering work has saved approximately 8-12 hours per week of nursing time as previously the CYP Community Nurses were undertaking all these deliveries themselves. This gives back time for the nurses to provide critical nursing care to children and young people.

Chair's Award

This is awarded at the Chair's discretion to the person or team who has made a special, individual contribution that goes over and above their normal role.

Deidre Gumbrell and Sheila Hughes
Toy Library, Conway Court, Hove

Sheila and Deidre as volunteers have been running the Toy Library at Conway Court Children's Centre for 25 years, every Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Their commitment has been exceptional and demonstrates outstanding care to our children and their families.

The success is due to their inclusive approach and flair and skill at choosing, buying and maintaining a great selection of toys. Their talent for this is evidenced by the success of the service which is now used by parents/carers whose own parents accessed the toy library when they were toddlers. They provide a large range of toys, for ages 0-5, enabling parents/carers to hire fun, educational and specialist toys, which can be changed as often as parents wish, meaning children never get bored and parents/carers don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Chief Executive's Award

This is awarded at the Chief Executive's discretion to the person or team who has made a special, individual contribution that goes over and above their normal role.

Christine Morris
Community Children’s Nurse, Children’s & Young People’s Community Nursing Team, West Sussex

Christine is a true pioneer. 20 years ago in 1997 she was instrumental in setting up the Children’s Community Nursing Service, one of the first of its type in the country. Over the past two decades this service has supported the increasing numbers of children in West Sussex who have high complex health needs including those who are at the end of their life, remain and be cared for in their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones and familiar things. 

This has a huge, positive impact on these children and their families – all who are eternally grateful for the support from the team and Christine.

In October, Christine was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding contribution and service to community nursing, from the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service is given to community nurses who provide exceptional care to their patients and demonstrate a continuing passion and enthusiasm for nursing. This award acknowledges nurses who make a “very exceptional individual contribution to patient care and the nursing profession”.

You can’t put a value on Christine’s contribution to her patients, the local community, and her colleagues. She continues to be a true inspiration to us all.

Long Service

Here are some of our staff recognised with 20, 30, 40 and 50 years service within the NHS.


Watch our awards presentation

This includes video clips of the judge's comments.


Catch up and watch the full awards ceremony


Pictures of the awards ceremony and staff ball