The 2019 Celebrating Achievement Awards ceremony took place on 29 November at Sandy Park in Exeter. All those who were shortlisted for an award attended the event to find out who the winners and highly commended recipients were in each of the categories.
Now in its 17th year, the awards ceremony is one of the most anticipated events within our calendar. Every year the judges find it more and more difficult to select the winners in each category due to the number of incredible and worthwhile nominations we receive. This year we had over 200 nominations for staff, people who use our services and partners - the highest number of nominations received so far.
The event was opened by Chair Julie Dent CBE who kicked off the festivities by introducing the entertainment for the day, the brilliant BlueBelles a Capella choir. Their rendition of Florence and The Machine’s Shake it Out ensured everyone was in the celebratory spirit.
During the break attendees were treated to a delicious afternoon tea and the BlueBelles took to the stage again to perform some uplifting Christmas songs.
Chief Executive Melanie Walker was the Master of Ceremonies introducing the sponsors in each category who then came up to the stage to present the awards.
Each person shortlisted received a framed certificate and the winners also received a trophy. Those people who were nominated but not shortlisted received a letter of congratulations. This year we had a record number of Lifetime Achievement awards, 31 in total equating to a staggering 900 years of service to the NHS!
Watch the video highlights by clicking here.
So who won?
Please click on the links below to see the winners and highly commended recipients;
Inclusion Award - Award for promoting equality, valuing diversity and championing recovery and wellbeing
Lifetime Achievement Award - Award for long term service and dedication
Integration Award - Award for partnership working
Together Award - Award for involving people using our services in everything we do
Going the Extra Mile Award - Award for extraordinary effort or achievement
Leadership Award - Award for outstanding leadership
Board Award - Award for outstanding contribution towards fulfilling our vision of an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and learning disability is universally understood and valued.