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Trust STR worker wins regional award

A Support, Time and Recovery (STR) worker for Salford Community Engagement and Recovery Team has been chosen as the regional winner for Clinical Support Worker of the Year at the Skills for Health's Our Health Heroes Awards 2017.

Donna Bostock is one of  33 healthcare workers who provide excellent patient care across the UK, and have been announced as finalists and regional winners, and is one of only three from the North West. There will now be a public vote for the national winner of the award.

The Our Health Heroes Awards, sponsored by Health Education England, were established in 2016 and aim to celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK, including those working in the NHS, that go above and beyond in their roles every day.

Donna was nominated for her commitment and the difference she has helped make to her service users' lives. Some have described her as the best mental health worker they have ever had, saying she has given them the confidence to start volunteering and help others.

She was also the winner of the 'We Inspire Hope' Award at the GMMH Annual Members Meeting earlier this month (pictured above recieving her award from Trust Chair, Rupert Nichols). Her nomination for the award was based on the letter written to her by a service user, who said 'you can have all the qualifications in the world, but you can't become a Donna at university'.

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said: “Once again, we are delighted to host the Our Health Heroes Awards, with additional award categories and key sponsors."

“These 33 winners are outstanding in their field and are thoroughly deserving of their places in the shortlist. The calibre of nominations we received this year was sky high. Each and every one demonstrated excellence in patient care and our judges had a really difficult task in selecting a shortlist from such high-quality submissions."

“We're very much looking forward to meeting all the finalists in November and finding out the national winners"

The panel of judges included representatives from Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health as well as headline sponsors Health Education England, media partner National Health Executive and the Support Worker and Workforce Planning category sponsors, UNISON and NHS England.

The public vote for national winner of the Clinical Support Worker of the Year award will be open until 6 November. To vote, please visit: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-2017 .

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