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VIPs hailed at staff awards event

Congratulations to all Birmingham Community Healthcare (BCHC) staff that were recognised for their dedication at the Summer Values in Practice (VIP) awards. 

From a total of 98 nominations, 13 individual members of staff and 9 teams were named as 'winners' or 'finalists' at an awards ceremony, which took place on 15 July at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.  

The awards were represented by seven categories, aligned to BCHC’s values (accessible, responsive, caring, commitment, ethical and quality, with an additional category for partnership working). The winners and finalists in each category are listed below.

In addition, the Board presented their annual awards to members of staff who have ‘raised the bar' over the last year to support the Trust’s strategic objectives. The individual board award was awarded jointly to clinical team leader Clare Gadd and associate director of nursing Liza Walsh. Clare Edwards and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub scooped the team Board award.

The event was hosted by chairman Tom Storrow, who also chairs the judging panel for the awards, alongside chief executive Tracy Taylor and chief operating officer Andy Harrison.

Opening the event, chairman Tom said: “ For me, the VIP awards is more than an acknowledgement of how hard people work; it’s also a reminder that work is generally more fulfilling and productive if we find the time and space to reflect on performance, share best practice and celebrate each other’s achievements.”

"Which is why this is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as chairman - I would like to congratulate all our winners and finalists on their achievements.”

The attendees heard from inspirational guest speaker 19-year-old Ashleigh Jones, a para dressage horse rider competing at international level with a dream goal of competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games.  

For the last two years Ashleigh has received support from occupational therapist Peter Thorneycroft, at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre. She spoke of the excellent care she has received from Peter, who is helping her to become more independent, both at home and with her horse.  

Ashleigh said: “Peter has exceeded all my expectations - he’s even donned his wellies and joined me at the stables so that we can find a different way around tacking up with one hand.”

She added: “My mum is very impressed that he has taught me how to hang my clothes up without her help - I’m less impressed about that!” 

Chief executive Tracy Taylor said: “I was delighted to hear that Ashleigh has had such a positive experience of our services. The personalised care Ashleigh has received embodies what BCHC is all about and together with her determination to succeed, this care has supported her to pursue her dream. I wish her well in the future.”

The winners and finalists in each category are listed below. A photo gallery from the night will be posted soon and featured in the September ARCHway.

Accessible category

Awarded to an individual or team that can demonstrate working in a way which has improved accessibility for service users.


Yvette Carroll and the primary care nursing team at HMP Birmingham


Adam Bunce-Sweeney, training facilitator
Traded speech and language therapy team


Commitment category

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


Willow House dementia friendly therapy and nursing staff


Pat McAllister and the Sheldon Unit domestic team

Norman Power intermediate care multidisciplinary team


Quality category

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


Liz Blackham, community matron          


Own bed instead pilot team

Heidi Ferrier-Hixon, team lead for the vulnerable children’s team


Partnership category

Awarded to the individual or team that have worked in partnership with others either inside or outside the Trust, for the greater good of the organisation.


Clare Hulbert-Moore, nursery nurse

Partnership finalists

Woodgate Valley integrated multidisciplinary team

Virtual beds pilot team


Responsive category

Awarded to the individual or team that can demonstrate an improvement in service user experience by listening to views and responding positively.


Ann Spencer, healthcare assistant


Joy Anderson, acting business support manager

Scott Thornton, armed forces community healthcare project manager


Ethical category

Awarded to an individual or team that shows dignity and respect to colleagues or patients, adapting their approach to the individual


Jayne Timmins, student school nurse


John Siddles, clinical lead

Joanne Cartwright, RiO project lead


Caring category

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


Laura Murphy, community nurse caseload holder 


Ann Spencer, healthcare assistant

Caring finalists

Lordswood integrated multidisciplinary team

Ola Hassan, dental officer


Do you know a VIP?

If you can think of someone that works for Birmingham Community Healthcare that is worthy of a Values in Practice award, you can nominate at any time here. Staff, patients, and members of the public can nominate.  


VIP awards summer 2015 all winners and finalists