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

09 November 2017

Hello, my name is David Harris and I am Director of People and Organisation Development here at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

It’s a bit of a long title but, in essence, my job is to help CWP be a place in which each one of us is able to grow into being the best that we can be. If we can achieve that then the people who access our services will receive the best care possible.

I am frequently heard saying that this is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had in the best organisation I’ve ever worked. I never cease to be amazed and in awe of the great people who work here. So, it was a real privilege to pay tribute to those extraordinary people when I recently attended our first ever CWP Recognition Awards: Celebrating our Workforce event. Held at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, the evening was a great success and a joy to be a part of.

Before the awards got underway, we were treated to an exhilarating session from Paul McGee, aka the SUMO guy. Paul would probably balk at the idea of me calling him a “motivational speaker” but his brand of “Mancunian motivation” really struck a chord.

He made us laugh but also think about what gets in the way of us fulfilling our potential. He reminded us that, in a healthcare setting, it’s all too easy to forget about ourselves when trying to support others and that it’s important to look after our own wellbeing as well as those we serve.

Live entertainment was also provided by the Cheshire branch of the national Rock Choir and they really got the crowd going with their unique take on a number of classic songs.

However, the most enjoyable part of the night were the awards themselves.  We took the opportunity to pay tribute to those members of our team who had given years of incredible, loyal service to the NHS. Hearing their journey and stories was truly inspirational. On behalf of CWP, I would like to congratulate and thank all of those who were honoured for their 20, 30 and 40 years of service to the NHS.

For this event we also introduced a number of new categories for which people could be nominated. We were staggered by the response, as the CWP family inundated us with approximately 100 submissions for the awards. All of our nominees were highly worthy of the accolade and it was no easy task for the panel to narrow down the nominations to a shortlist of three per category.

On the night we heard details of each of the shortlisted nominations. Again, I was hugely impressed with the brilliant work that has been carried out across the Trust in a range of settings. The dedication and care on show from both employees and volunteers were overwhelming and I wish to congratulate each and every one of our nominees, shortlisted nominees and award winners.

You are all highly deserving of the recognition you received! Click here for a full list of our award winners.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who presented the awards and especially Andrea Hughes, who did a tremendous job fronting the awards ceremony (having “volunteered” at very short notice). All in all, it was a tremendous night and I am thoroughly looking forward to next year’s festivities. Start thinking about your nominations now, folks!

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