Leading and inspiring

For individuals in leadership or managerial roles at all levels and across all professions who have ultimately improved people’s health by inspiring and motivating others through their determination, innovation and leadership skills.

Jann Oliver (winner) Cawley Centre Clinical Service Lead and Adult Psychotherapist. Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care CAG

The judges for this category were all immediately impressed with Jann’s nomination which described the qualities they were looking for in an inspiring manager in abundance.

The judges said: “We heard about how Jann’s own passionate social beliefs propelled her to support people in taking up their own agency to change. We were touched at the nominator’s description of how Jann extends a sense of appreciation of the value of life to everyone involved with the Cawley Centre."

“We understand her legacy to be that of a sustainably, well-managed service in which staff are well looked after and client outcomes are good. Jann has achieved this legacy through her own persistence and leading by example. With Jann retiring this year, the panel were thrilled to have the opportunity to publicly recognise her outstanding contribution to the trust.”

Jann said: “It’s been really important for me to manage a group of staff well, because if you look after your staff they will look after your patients and that’s always been where I have come from. For my staff to put me forward for this award I feel incredibly grateful.”

Marieke Wrigley Team Leader, Social Inclusion, Hope and Recovery Project (SHARP) Psychosis CAG

Marieke manages the SHARP team, a Lambeth based service that provides different therapeutic interventions. Marieke was described as a team leader who has invested in service user involvement and nurtured her team over a number of years. We heard how Marieke effectively manages changes; providing space for open and honest conversations with all team members.

Marieke works hard to seek out new and innovative working partnerships for the SHARP team, creating interesting and exciting opportunities for service user employment and co-production.

Colleagues said: “Marieke is a grounded, calm and productive manager, who permeates both the staff and clients of SHARP with a sense of hope through opportunity”.

The panel were impressed by Marieke’s track record and the evidence presented of her leadership qualities.

Marieke said: “What inspires me is seeing people grow in their roles, and to see that reflected in the work they do with clients. I’m also inspired to work in different ways and think creatively.”

David Weir Clinical Service Lead, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry CAG

The panel shortlisted David for this award on the strength of his work in transforming the service, leading to an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the CQC last year. 

David has worked to develop a service that really meets the needs of the population. Heidi, who nominated David with the support of the team, described him as cheery and hard-working. She told us about David’s support for individuals, helping the team feel grounded during a time of change, and providing them with opportunities.
The panel were struck with David’s achievements in delivering clinical and solution-focused leadership to the service and the respect his colleagues have for him.

David said: “Being a nurse and working with service users is a great gift to have been given. To try to make a difference to people’s lives on a day to day basis and to work with great staff, within a great organisation is something I am really proud of.”

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