Nominate your mental health hero

ANYONE who has benefited from help by Suffolk mental health staff is encouraged to nominate those who go beyond the call of duty.Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is inviting people to nominate the Trust's employees for prestigious awards.

ANYONE who has benefited from help by Suffolk mental health staff is encouraged to nominate those who go beyond the call of duty.

Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is inviting people to nominate the Trust's employees for prestigious awards.

The awards are broken down into a number of categories, including team awards for innovation, for promoting the inclusion of service users into the day-to-day life of the community and for involving family carers and service users in planning services.

Robert Nesbitt, director of community engagement, said: “It's thanks to these people that Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust can maintain high standards across mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services across the country.


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“Anyone who works in the Trust is eligible to be nominated; support workers, social care partnership staff, doctors, nurses, staff in catering, gardeners - everyone.”

There are also individual awards along the theme of Make A Difference and professional achievement as well as one for outstanding team leadership.

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All the nominations will be judged by a panel of service users, family carers, staff and the Trust's non-executive directors. The awards will be made at the Trust's annual general meeting on September 27 2007 and everyone who is nominated will receive a nomination certificate.

The winners will receive a framed certificate of achievement and a cash prize - £50 for individuals and £100 for teams.

The deadline for nominations is Friday at 5pm. For details and a nomination form visit www.smhp.nhs.uk or call Julie Stevenson on 01473 329600.

Do you have a story about someone who has cared for you during difficult times? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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