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A nurse working with people with dementia has been recognised as an inspirational leader in the Health Education West Midlands NHS Leadership Recognition Awards.

Angie Upton is the South Staffordshire Dementia Services Manager at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She has demonstrated excellent leadership and partnership working to develop a pathway for Dementia sufferers between GP and hospital services; has developed the Dementia Liaison Service at Stafford County Hospital; and managed local Memory Assessment and Diagnostic Services. She has also just completed the third year of a Masters degree.

Nominating Angie, Head of Mental Health Nursing, Lisa Agell said "Angie is a passionate advocate for people with dementia and has been an inspirational role model to all staff working with people with Dementia – all her staff would walk over hot coals for her".

The NHS Leadership Recognition Awards celebrate leaders at all levels and across all professions who have ultimately improved people's health and the public's experience of the NHS. The Inspirational Leader of the Year is someone who, through their embodiment of NHS values, inspires others to achieve great things.

The awards were presented at a ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall hosted by Dr Christian Jessen (Embarrassing Bodies).

Angie was also recently honoured at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare's own staff recognition ceremony where she was given the Chairman's Award for Leadership.

A local psychiatrist who has played a key role in medical education has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award.

Dr Chris Murphy began his consultant career in Shropshire in 1992. He was instrumental in setting up one of the first local community mental health teams and led on the adoption of a family based approach to treating mental illness using behavioural family therapy.

Early in his career he became involved in medical education taking on local and then national responsibilities. In 2009 he became the head of the West Midlands post graduate school of psychiatry with responsibility for up to 250 psychiatric trainees throughout the region.

Dr Murphy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for his outstanding contribution to medical, and especially psychiatric, education in the region.

Staff, patients, carers, relatives and friends will enjoy a festive Christmas Carol Service at St George's Hospital, Stafford on Wednesday 17th December 2014.

Pupils from John Wheeldon Primary School will be special guests at the event where they will be performing a number of Christmas songs.

The service will be held in the Trust's Learning Centre at 2:30pm and will be followed by seasonal refreshments.

In Shrewsbury, staff, patients, carers, relatives and friends will be joined by the children from Oxon Primary School for a Christmas Celebration at The Redwoods Centre, Bicton Heath on Tuesday 16 December 2014.

The Staff Singers will perform and the entertainment will also include Harriet Earis on the Celtic Harp.

The service will be held in the Bistro at The Redwoods Centre at 2:30 pm with refreshments to follow.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have appointed a dietitician to work with patients on its mental health wards in Stafford and Tamworth.

Nicola Howle has worked for the NHS for five years in a wide range of inpatient and community services.  She has a particular interest in mental health and is a member of the British Dietetic Association Mental Health Group as well as a committee member of the British Dietetic Association specialist group Nutrition Advisory Group for Older People (NAGE).

Physical fitness is key to our mental wellbeing and eating the right foods and ensuring good fluid intake  are important to promote recovery.  Having a dedicated dietician on the wards ensures staff get the expert support they need to help patients who are experiencing unintentional weight loss or excessive weight gain; poor appetite or fluid intake; or poor diabetes control for example.

Nicola is also available to support groups for both service users and carers on healthy eating, including meal planning, cooking and shopping.

Nicola commented “I am aiming to ensure all our service users have the highest nutritional standards and will be working as part of the ward teams, and with our catering services to develop individual care plans, or whole ward nutrition strategies.”

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