Kindness and caring

Kindness and caring: For individuals who have demonstrated outstanding compassion and kindness in their work.

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Winner: Donald Ewers, Activity Co-ordinator
Donald worked at the Heather Close Psychosis Service for 15 years and has recently retired. He was nominated by patients for being a ‘a key support for both patients and staff’.

Judges said: ‘Patients described Donald as being like the Dad they never had and said he understands them and nothing is ever too much for him. He has been an amazing role model to the patients and deserves to be shortlisted for this award for the heartfelt contribution and compassion that he brings to his work.’

Donald said: ‘What I enjoy most is to see clients come out from their sad moments. Whenever I find the ‘door is open’ for them to do some recreational activities such as going to the library, going to the gym or for a swim the end product in mind is to see them smile. I’m retiring and getting shortlisted really put the cream on top of the cake for me.’

Sonia McBean, Receptionist, Eating Disorders Outpatient Service
Sonia was nominated by a psychologist in the team who said: 'Sonia is always genuine, warm and compassionate to everyone she comes into contact with.

Patients consistently comment on how friendly she is. She has genuinely brought warmth to my days at the unit and I feel she needs recognition for the compassion she brings every day.'

Adult Personality Disorder Service, Croydon
The Touchstone personality disorder service at the Bethlem Royal Hospital provides an intensive outpatient receovery and treatment programme. One of the nominators, who is 12 months into an 18-month programme, described the care he received as having "restored his faith in services".

Watch our film about the individuals and teams shortlisted for the 'Kindness and caring' award:

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