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Dedicated staff recognised as 'VIPs'

Dedicated staff from Birmingham Community Healthcare have been recognised for their dedication to patients and colleagues at the Trust's Values in Practice (VIP) awards. 

Over 100 members of staff, patients and members of the public attended the event, which was hosted by chairman Tom Storrow, accompanied by chief executive Tracy Taylor, and director of nursing and therapies Beverly Ingram.

Opening the event, Tom said “work is more fulfilling and productive if we find the time and space to reflect on performance, share best practice and celebrate each other’s achievements.

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Winter 15 VIP awards winners and finalists

“This is one of the best parts of my job, it gives me the privilege of reading about all the great work going on within the Trust and the amazing staff we have.

“From a total of 51 nominations, picking the winners was not an easy decision and brought about quite a bit of ‘healthy debate’ among the judging panel.” 

The judging panel is led by chairman Tom Storrow, and includes representation from executive and non-executive directors, staff side, and public governors.

On the night, attendees then heard from Kirsty Mulrine, who has been a patient at West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre (WMRC) for the last ten years. Kirsty contracted meningitis at  eight-days-old which resulted in her having a mild form of cerebral palsy, with doctors predicting she would not be able to walk or talk.

Kirsty defied the medics and has gone on to achieve her dreams. Two years ago she became a mum for the first time after being told she wouldn’t be able to have children, and this summer, she got married.

Kirsty, who receives occupational therapy and physio at WMRC, said: “I get a lot of help with my son, John-Lucas – things like getting him dressed have been made a lot easier thanks to support from therapists. Without their help I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

The photo gallery from the event can be viewed via Flickr below. 

2015 Winter Values in Practice Awards