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About us

Staff awards

About us

Staff awards

About us

Staff awards

About us

Staff awards

Our Staff Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of our dedicated staff who go the extra mile to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve. In 2019 the Staff Awards were generously supported by the  Maudsley Charity, which funds a wide range of projects across the Trust. 

The winners were announced on Thursday 3 October 2019 at a special evening event at Hilton London Bankside.

Find out about the winners of each category and watch a film about the finalists:

Valued partners: For teams or individuals, as well as people who are not Trust staff employees - for example NHSP workers, local authority, catering, domestic staff - working in partnership with other professionals or agencies who have collaborated to achieve the best outcomes for people who use our services.

Winner: Michael Olagbenro, Healthcare Assistant, Powell Ward, Ladywell Unit, Lewisham Hospital

His nominator said: "Michael is a ray of sunshine. Every ward should have a Michael - he is one of a kind and radiates positivity!".

Michael started off working as as an NHS Professionals domestic worker on Powell Ward. Due to his positive engagement with the patients on the ward he was advised to join as a clinical support worker.

Michael said: "God, a great team, determination, respect and love bring outstanding results".


Croydon Hear Us Link Worker Champions

The Nursery Team

Watch this video about those shortlisted for the Valued Partners award:

Kindness and caring: For demonstrating outstanding compassion and kindness in their work.

Winner: Tyson West One Ward

The nominator praised the "genuine care and excellent support" they received on Tyson West One, saying: "The staff showed me care, empathy and consideration. In particular, they listened to me during my darkest times, cared for me and showed me that I did have a future at a point when I didn't believe I could carry on".


Dr Hayley Skarda, Speciality Doctor at Lambeth Alliance Rehabilitation team

Patrice Tharpe, Community Psychiatric Nurse - Specialist in Personality Disorder

Watch this film about the shortlist for the Kindness and Caring Award:

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.

Winner: Jack Nathan, Consultant Psychotherapist, Self-harm Outpatients Service (SHOPS)

Jack Nathan was nominated by a service user who said: "He helped me to transform into a far more resilient, hopeful and stronger individual who can finally appreciate why life is worth living".

Jack said: "I feel enormous personal satisfaction from receiving such heartfelt acknowledgement of the work my nominee and I struggled through together".


Gresham 2 Ward

Samantha Wiltshire, Education and Apprenticeship Manager, Education and Training

Watch this short film about those shortlisted for the Transforming Lives Award:

Quality, excellence and learning: For teams or individuals demonstrating exceptional performance to improve quality, safety or the way they work and the importance of coproduction in quality improvement and service redesign.

Winner: Staff BME Network

One nominator described the Staff BME Network as "so informative and inspiring, keeping you motivated that changes are being implemented". The judges said: "The BME Network offers members a real sense of belonging. They have opened the doors for Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) members and helped to improve resources and cultural norms".


Penny Cutting, Clinical Service Leader, Adult Personality Disorder Service

OASIS team

Watch this film about the shortlist for the Quality, Excellence and Learning Award:

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.

Winner: Peace Ajiboye, Interim General Manager for Inpatient and Crisis, Croydon and Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry

Peace received several nominations, all of which referred to his selflessness, gentleness and compassion. One nominator said: "His compassion, courage and commitment to the people he serves cannot be underestimated...Peace creates a culture of high team performance and accountability". Peace said: "I do whatever it takes to ensure my staff and patients are well supported and looked after. The smile on the face of a patient who is leaving hospital following a spell of admission, saying "thank you", brings me immense joy".


Fran Busby, Clinical Team Leader, Homeless Outreach team (START)\

Victoria Bream, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT)

Watch this film about the shortlist for the leading and inspiring award:

Team of the year: For teams who consistently make a great impact delivering cross cutting work of notable importance.

Winner: River House Occupational Therapy team

The judges heard numerous examples of times the team had advocated for the forensic patients at River House and gone the extra mile. The team has completely transformed the social areas of River House and created Cafe Central which is managed and run by service users with occupatonal therapists. A nominator spoke about how this has improved service users' self esteem and allowed them to gain qualifications to use when they leave hospital.


National and Specialist CAMHS OCD, BDD and related disorders team

Outpatients and Daycare Eating Disorders team

Watch this film about the shortlist for the 'Team of the year' award: