Guest Blog - David Harris - Director of People and Organisational Development

05 July 2018

Hello! Dave Harris here.  One of the things I continue to strive for as Director of People and Organisational Development is to help CWP be an organisation where we each have the opportunity to be the best that we can be;  to create a place where each person matters and feels valued and recognised for their contribution.

On an almost daily basis I hear stories and see examples of the incredible efforts our staff and volunteers put into providing great care. What our people achieve is both inspiring and humbling and these achievements deserve to be recognised and celebrated.

With this in mind, it was my absolute pleasure to attend our second, now-annual, CWP Recognition Awards event on Thursday 7 June at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall. This followed on from our inaugural event in 2017 which proved to be a roaring success and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

This year we decided to hold the event a little earlier in the year and to tweak how the event unfolded. It was hugely encouraging to see even more people than last year joining in our evening of celebration. The room was full to capacity, buzzing with conversation and laughter as people took the opportunity to catch up with colleagues.

The evening kicked off with an insightful presentation by Stephanie Fairhurst of CHIMP management. Her entertaining speech encouraged us to think about the way our minds work and how understanding this can help us achieve greater confidence and happiness. It has been quite illuminating watching people consciously try to put their “chimp” back in its place in the weeks following. (If you want to know more, just search “Chimp Management” on Google or YouTube).

After this, the presentations began, hosted by our fantastic MC for the evening, Jessica Morgan. This year, we had added extra categories to reflect some of the outstanding educational achievements that have taken place at our Trust in the last year. Among the new categories were Mentor of the year and Apprentice of the year.

In addition, we sought to honour those among our workforce who have reached significant milestones in their service to the NHS. We took the time to pay tribute to those who had given 20, 30 and 40 years of service.

It was an enormous privilege to pay tribute to Peter Crimes, who works at Bowmere Hospital in Chester. He received a special award and a standing ovation for his awe-inspiring achievement of 50 years of service to the NHS!  It was a real joy to hear tales of his time in the health service from his appreciative colleagues. The second impromptu standing ovation of the night came as Professor Vimal Sharma was presented with a surprise Life Time Achievement Award for his years of selfless work in research, development and innovation. It was another highlight in an evening of highlights

During the main presentations, we heard details of all the shortlisted nominees in each of our categories. The response from #TeamCWP was outstanding in providing over 100 submissions and the judging panels had an incredibly difficult time in deciding on the shortlisted candidates and winner for each category. The stories we heard were tremendously impressive and all of our nominees were highly deserving of their recognition.

For a full list of our winners from the night you can click here.

I would like to congratulate each and every one of our tremendous staff and volunteers who were nominated for an award. Once again, the stories detailing your dedication and commitment to ensuring the provision of excellent care were truly inspirational.

I would also like to thank all of those hardworking members of staff who helped to make our CWP Recognition Awards another hugely successful event this year. The event continues to go from strength to strength and I am already thoroughly looking forward to next year’s extravaganza. If you’ve got any ideas of how we could improve things even further or for speakers or entertainment please let me know!

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