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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.

People living with dementia are being helped to stay in familiar care environments, rather than face admission to hospital, through the efforts of an award winning team at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s (SSSFT) Redwoods Centre.

The Hospital Avoidance Team on Oak Ward were the winners of the Chris Holley Award for Innovation at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare’s Positively Different Staff Awards held last week. This award recognises creativity and new ideas to deliver improved services or to reduce inefficiency.

The Boards of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) have agreed to come together as one organisation from next April, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.

More people will be able to get help from Wellbeing Matters Tamworth following the appointment of 21 new staff.

The five qualified therapists and 16 trainees all start this week as part of a new initiative focusing on improving mental health support for people with long term physical conditions such as diabetes or respiratory conditions.

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