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The lead for Primary Care Wellbeing services in Telford has been named the winner of the Chairman’s Award for Leadership in South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s annual staff awards.

Lucy Cotterill has led the Telford Primary Care Wellbeing Service though major change and has achieved high recovery rates and robust links with local GPs and neighbourhoods. Under her leadership the service has also been commissioned to provide specialist help to people with long term conditions such as diabetes and respiratory conditions.

The Positively Different 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 Chairman’s Award recognises someone who motivates people with an inspiring vision, a leader who has achieved something significant, is clear about what they ask of others and who has successfully tackled issues and led change. The judges commented that Lucy had “demonstrated outstanding leadership in turning her service into one recognised as effective and respected”.

380 local NHS staff attended the event, held on 9 November 2017 at the Staffordshire County Showground, which 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.”