Blog: David Harris - CWP Recognition Awards 2019

26 June 2019

As director of people and organisational development, one of the highlights of the year for me is our Trust’s fabulous annual CWP Recognition Awards ceremony, which this year was held at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall on Thursday 6 June.

This event presents us with an opportunity to honour some fantastic examples of our people using their time, energy and expertise to deliver compassionate, outstanding, person-centred care. It is truly inspirational and humbling to hear the moving stories, from across our communities, of the achievements of #TeamCWP.

Once again, the breadth and strength of submissions that were put forward by colleagues was highly impressive. Year on year, it gets harder to shortlist and select a winner.

This year, we also added an additional category in line with the NHS Long-term plan’s focus on partnership working. CWP already enjoys fruitful relationships with a range of partners and so it was a pleasure to honour this with our brand new ‘Outstanding contribution from our Partners” category.

On behalf of myself and the rest of the Trust Board, I would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations for this year’s awards and all of those who volunteered their time to carry out the shortlisting.

To see a full list of all of our winners from the night, click here.

In addition to the presentation of awards, we also enjoyed some marvellous entertainment on the night. Last year, our Winsford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service produced an inspirational video for World Mental Health Awareness Day. In the video, both staff and the young people who access our services came together to perform a stirring rendition of “This is Me” from the Hollywood blockbuster, the Greatest Showman.

It gave us enormous pleasure to invite them to sing for the 200-strong audience and their rousing performance earned a well-deserved standing ovation from everyone in attendance. The fun didn’t end there. We also thoroughly enjoyed a performance from the Wirral Harmony Choir, who performed a selection of classic numbers which kept everyone entertained and toes tapping.

Finally, it would only be proper of me to mention our host for the evening, Dr Maureen Wilkinson. Having recently retired from the Trust (again!), she very kindly agreed to be our compere for the event.

Not only did she do a fantastic job of hosting, she also (with only a few hours’ notice) stepped in to give us an insightful, emotive presentation of her time developing mental health services in Africa, in both Malawi and Uganda. We finished the night’s proceedings by presenting her with a well-deserved lifetime achievement award. I would like to thank Dr Wilkinson for hosting and wish her the very best with her retirement.

All that remains is for me to say is a big thank you to all those people who worked so hard before and during the day to make the Awards such a success and to offer my congratulations to all of our worthy nominees and winners. We look forward to doing it all again in 2020!

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