Transforming lives: For teams or individuals who have used their skill, compassion and expertise to make a significant contribution to someone’s personal recovery journey, working in collaboration to transform their experience of care and inspiring hope for a positive future.
Blodwen Jones (winner)
Peer support worker and member of the Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care CAG advisory group
Blodwen’s nomination focussed on the significant difference she has made to people as a peer support worker. Blodwen is described as a role model, is sensitive, caring and puts her mind and efforts to challenging and changing peoples perceptions.
Through her peaceful hard work she provides others with hope, a future, friendship and a role model. Blodwen has helped prevent re-admission to hospital on many occasions and is actively involved in representing service users to make positive changes to services. Blodwen also supports the trust in our work engaging with the police.
Blodwen said: “I just love what I’m doing. I’ve found my niche in life.”
Community Links Occupational Therapy Team Southwark Occupational Therapy, Psychosis and Acute Care CAGs
The team work with inpatient wards and community teams in Southwark, working with individuals who struggle with routine day to day activities.
Judges heard about the team’s positive impact on a family. The family member has made progress using transport and now attends a weekly support group. The individual has achieved a level 2 NVQ qualification with help from the team. The individual feels ‘more engaged in the world’ and their life is significantly different now.
Team Leader Sara Martin said: “When we found out we have been shortlisted we were absolutely thrilled, because this is a nomination for transforming lives and that’s what I believe we do. And I’m very proud of that.”
Amy Brown Clinical Psychologist Adult Eating Disorders Service, Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care CAG
The patient who nominated Amy gave a moving account of how Amy’s input has made a considerable difference to her and how her life is transforming. She said that Amy shows remarkable empathy and provides her with hope and believes in her ability to recover. Amy’s patient said that she feels valued and that Amy is creative and innovative in her approach and is very person centred. This nomination is her way of expressing enormous gratitude for all she has done.
Amy said: “When I found out I was shortlisted for the award I was really touched. It meant a lot to me, especially when I found out it was one of my patients. Ultimately what I am trying to do is help young people and the fact that someone wanted to recognise me and thank me felt really special.”