GMMH staff and teams nominated for Recognising Excellence and Achievement Awards 2021 | Awards and accreditations

Awards, Accreditations and Points of Pride

The last two years have been the most challenging in the history of the NHS and we must not underestimate the significant effort that has taken place to respond at pace to the requirements of the pandemic. As the pandemic has progressed, we have seen a rise in the level of mental health needs and acuity and an increasing demand for services and mental health support. Our staff, across all services, both clinical and corporate, have worked tirelessly during the changing demands of the pandemic to adjust, expand and flex the delivery of services to meet the needs of our service users to ensure the least disruption to their care.

We have much to be proud of as an organisation.

  • Living Wage – we have been a Living Wage Employer since 2015 and celebrated our 7-year anniversary in 2022.
  • Vaccination Programme - Through our Gold Command arrangements, we have delivered a comprehensive and speedy vaccination programme to both our staff and service users and have established robust Infection, Prevention and Control arrangements to ensure the safety of all.
  • The Trust’s Recovery Academy , which supports over 7,000 students, returned to face-to-face learning, whilst improving the service by providing access to all the online resources they had built up during the pandemic.
  • The first Green Health Walk opened on the Trust’s Prestwich site , constructed by Sow the City. It was co-designed with service users and staff at the Trust to promote the physical and mental benefits of greenspace and exercise by exploring designated walking routes across our Prestwich site. This innovative approach was proudly exhibited at COP26 - the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in autumn 2021. This forms part of GMMH’s Green Plan, which was launched in January 2022 as a ‘blueprint for the next five years’ to support the national NHS net zero pledge.
  • Supported Internship Scheme  - In March 2022, we joined a Supported Internship Scheme which helps young people with learning disabilities to access support, education, and work experience with the goal of progressing into permanent employment. To date, six interns have been placed into roles within their Facilities department in areas such as Catering, Administration, Transport & Logistics and Domestic Services; and one has been offered a permanent position.
  • Breakthrough success of study using virtual reality (VR) to treat mental health problems trialled in Manchester. A national study, delivered by nine NHS Trusts, including GMMH, has found that automated virtual reality (VR) technology can successfully help people recover from mental health problems (April 2022).
  • Workforce - GMMH has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas of our education and training programme for apprentices, following an inspection by Ofsted in May 2022.  
  • Partnership working - A partnership between GMMH, Greater Manchester Police and the North-west Ambulance Service, aimed at improving care for people experiencing a mental health crisis, has been hailed a success. Just six months in (May 2022), over 1,100 cases had been diverted from frontline NWAS and GMP services, with quality NHS mental health support being provided instead.
  • Improving health outcomes for under-served populations - A Research Unit dedicated to researching inequalities in mental and physical healthcare has been launched by GMMH during Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week (May 2022). The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Research Unit is funded by GMMH, and led by Professor Dawn Edge, Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity at GMMH and The University of Manchester.
  • Improving North Manchester – We're investing £105 million in modern facilities with the construction of a new adult mental health inpatient unit to replace Park House on the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site. Work on the North View site started in August 2022 with the new unit anticipated to be built and operational by 2024.The modern facilities will utilise the latest technology and therapeutic design, to ensure an environment that is both conducive to recovery and pleasant to live in, work at and visit. In June 2022, the new development won a Design in Mental Health Award in the ‘Service User Engagement’ category.
  • The Greater Manchester Universities Student Mental Health Service a partnership between GMMH, NHS Greater Manchester, and the region’s five universities - has been hailed a success (July 2022).
  • Achieve - In July 2022, an external evaluation found that the Trust’s Achieve Drug and Alcohol Service’s approach to partnership-working is effective in supporting recovery from substance misuse, and could be rolled out in other geographical areas. Drug and Alcohol Recovery services for Bolton, Bury, Salford and Trafford have been praised in an evaluation report, undertaken by SQW, an independent research and consultancy organisation.  
  • An evaluation of Living Well Salford (15 August 2022) found that the service has supported people to achieve improved outcomes. The service offers support co-designed by people with lived experience of mental health problems and has also been shortlisted for ‘Mental Health Innovation of the Year’ in the prestigious national Health Service Journal awards 2022.
  • CPR training technology In Oct 2022, GMMH became the first mental health trust to install state of the art CPR training technology. The technology, called Brayden Online, combines a traditional mannequin with an iOS application which uses a cloud server, allowing staff to undertake CPR training at a time, date and location that is flexible for them.
  • National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2022 - we’ve been recognised in the awards (6 October 2022) for a project run by GMMH using a technology called ‘Management and Supervision Tool’ (MaST) to support clinical care and patient safety in Community Mental Health Teams.
  • Research - We’re proud to be an NHS Partner of a bid for Greater Manchester awarded its largest ever research funding (October 2022) to tackle health inequalities and drive health improvements across the city region. This investment will support the delivery of important research into mental health care and treatment at the Biomedical Research Centre in Manchester. 
  • Ceramicists from our  Recovery Pathways service have contributed to the Manchester City Council’s Be Proud Awards 2022 by creating a series sculptures as prizes for winners.
  • NHS Talking Therapies – during 2020/21, more people than ever accessed talking therapies.  Across Bolton, Salford, Manchester, and Trafford, almost 25,000 people completed a full course of NHS talking therapy.
  • NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award - The award recognises our Trust’s work in international recruitment and our commitment to providing internationally educated nurses and midwives with high-quality pastoral care.

Find out more about awards our staff and teams have received below.

GMMH staff and teams nominated for Recognising Excellence and Achievement Awards 2021

Staff and placement areas within GMMH have been nominated for the The University of Manchester’s Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work’s Recognising Excellence and Achievement Awards by the students of the University of Manchester.

The awards acknowledge students who have excelled academically, acted as ambassadors, student representatives and PASS leaders, and inspired their peers at university, whilst in practice or in activities outside of their programme of study. There are also student nominated awards for lecturers, practice, mentors and PEFs to recognise their contribution as role models and creating inspirational learning experiences.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of this year however, they have been unable to organise a ceremony for the awards which would usually take place in person. The decision has been made not to go ahead with judging and to instead award every nominee with a certificate of their nomination and achievement because they want to acknowledge everyone who was nominated and celebrate everyone!

Congratulations to everyone nominated!


Irwell Ward, Trafford General Hospital 

"The Nursing Team on Irwell Ward are absolutely phenomenal. They have been incredibly supportive and have gone above and beyond to welcome me into their team for the past few months. Nothing is ever too much for them to do for their patients & they practice extremely efficient patient centred care. Their patients are at the forefront of everything that they do. The team support each other through the challenges of nursing on a PICU every day without fail and have been nothing but role models to me for the practitioner that I want to become."

Irwell Ward Team


Blake Ward, Wythenshawe Hospital

"Whilst on placement at Blake, I felt supported throughout. Being a PICU Blake is very fast paced and there is always lots going on, the team there are amazing they always support each other and the patients. I think it was the best teamwork I have seen since being on placement. They prioritise their own health with staff wellbeing and debrief sessions which is important in a PICU environment as it can be very challenging at times. I felt part of the team at Blake and I learnt so many new skills whilst there. From all my placements this year they were by far the best!"

Blake Ward Team


Acacia Ward, North Manchester General Hospital 

"The team on Acacia Ward are exciting, appreciative and supportive."

Acacia Ward Team


Greenway Ward, Trafford General Hospital

"Welcoming, helpful and excellent team work. Excellent care to patients during a very difficult time due to COVID-19."

Greenway Ward Team


Illona Allen, Medlock Ward, Moorside Unit

"Illona was an absolutely amazing supervisor throughout my time at Medlock. She would always make sure to include me in areas/tasks where I would be able to learn and develop my skills when setting the allocations. She consistently offered positive and constructive feedback. It was always very easy to approach Illona and she was always very supportive. She always made sure my supernumerary status was upheld and that everything I did had a learning opportunity attached with it. When asked, she would always let me do tasks if we were both comfortable and confident I was able to do it. Illona also spoke to me about my future aspirations, and offered thoughts and advice. She was one of the key staff at Moorside who made my learning experience exceptional."

Illona Allen Photo


Ann Farrar, Acacia Ward, Park House

"My assessor and the team really took me under their wings and made me feel a part of their team."

Ann Farrar

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