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Staff honoured at VIP awards  

Dedicated staff have been hailed as 'VIPs' at the Birmingham Community Healthcare staff awards evening.

From 60 nominations, a shortlist of 24 teams and individuals were awarded at the Values in Practice (VIP) awards, which were held at mac Birmingham in Cannon Hill Park.

The event was opened by BCHC chairman Tom Storrow, who said: "My involvement in the VIP awards id one of the most enjoyable parts of my job but with so many amazing stories, the panel found it very difficult to narrow it down to one winner for each of the seven categories." 

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Award winners and finalists in the Spring 2015 VIP awards

The seven categories are aligned to the Trust’s values.

Attendees also heard from chief executive Tracy Taylor, who congratulated all finalists, and from a guest speaker. Service user and carer Colin Kerrigan talked candidly about his experience looking after his mother, who has dementia. He thanked BCHC staff for offering much-needed carer support and respite, saying that “being able to have a break makes such a difference - it allow carers like me to carry on.”

The Values in Practice awards is a year-round programme, open to staff and members of the public. For more information visit the Values in Practice webpage

Here's the list of winners and finalists from the event:

Accessible category:

Awarded to the individual or team that can demonstrate a change in a way of working that has improved accessibility for service users.


School Nurse Assistant, Flu Admin Pilot Team


Stephen Aldridge
Rehabilitation Engineer

Barbara Hill
Dental Nurse

Quality category:   

Awarded to the individual or team that can demonstrate quality outcomes in service delivery.


Chloe Adams,
Community Gastroenterology Dietitian, Adults and Community


Sue Harding
School Health Support Worker

The team at West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre

Partnership category:

Awarded to the individual or team that has worked in partnership with teams, departments or services for the greater good of the organisation.


Patient Experience Network (PEN)


Sandra Speers
Volunteer Programme Lead

Susan O’Rourke
System Process Lead for RiO

Responsive category:

Awarded to the individual or team that can demonstrate an improvement in service user experience of our organisation through listening to their views and responding positively.


Amneet Sidhu 


Karen Gregg

Health Vistor

Huzna Shariff and Shazana Khan
Support Workers

Huzna Shariff and Vanessa Foxall
Support Worker and Case Manager


Ethical category:

Awarded to an individual or team that shows dignity and respect to colleagues or patients. This person stands out for their ability to make morally sound, fair and honest decisions, openly explaining them to staff or patients. This person or team has shown that they can adapt their approach, tailoring it to the individual.


Rupinder Chal 
Team Leader


Ward 9 Nursing Team

Fiona Waide 
Corporate Projects/Membership Manager

Caring category:

Awarded to an individual or team that can demonstrate that through a caring and respectful approach they put the end user at the heart of everything they do.


Dr Nick Tarrant 
Psychiatry Trainee


Sandip Sidhu and Sandra Wilkes 
District Nurses

Stella Peters
Health Visitor

Della Haynes
Outpatients Sister

Commitment category:

Awarded to the individual or team that can demonstrate an unswerving passion to drive forward improvements for service users.


Deloris Edwards
Relief Receptionist


Jane Sime and Dr Martin Goodman
Urgent Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner and 
Consultant Geriatrician/Deputy Medical Director

Pamela Gardiner

The Birmingham Dental Hospital Estates Team