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An inspirational clinician has been recognised for her commitment to improving the condition of people with severe and enduring mental illness.

Kate Pover was named Clinician of the Year at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Positively Different Awards 2017. Judges commented on her overall commitment and clinical expertise, working with people with ongoing psychotic conditions.

Kate is an experienced Clinical Psychologist based at St George’s Hospital in Stafford. During her career she has worked on the intensive care unit and with the assertive outreach and early intervention teams. She is an accredited practitioner in therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has used her expertise in innovative ways throughout her career, inspiring others to do the same. Kate was also nominated for her work with trainees, and her sensitive and thoughtful insights into the role of carers.

380 local NHS staff attended the Positively Different Awards ceremony at the Staffordshire County Showground on Thursday 9th November.

The Awards are designed to recognise exceptional contributions to service, by individuals and teams, by clinical and non clinical staff. Over 165 nominations were received for the 11 awards and following a rigorous process, supported by some of the Trust’s Governor Members, the best entries were shortlisted, only finding out if they were winners on the night.

The event is also an important opportunity for sharing good practice and helping staff to understand their role in the wider service. South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare provides mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services locally, but also psychological therapies; drug and alcohol services in prisons; and care for serving MOD personnel, across the country.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive said “One of the Trust’s core principles is that we value our staff. We know that we cannot deliver effective services without well trained and supported staff and believe that offering real recognition in the form of this awards ceremony has a real part to play in creating an enthusiastic, committed and confident workforce.”