Staff nominations highlight excellent care


Nominations for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s staff recognition scheme have showcased the high quality of care being delivered by NHS teams across South and West Yorkshire.

The Trust, which provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services across Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, launched the ‘Values into Excellence’ awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff.

As part of the awards, staff, service users, carers and partners are encouraged to nominate teams that have lived the Trust’s values – helping to deliver excellent care or services.

The Trust values are:

  • Honest open and transparent
  • Respectful
  • Person first and in the centre
  • Improve and be outstanding
  • Relevant today, ready for tomorrow
  • Families and carers matter

Since the awards began in September, nominations submitted demonstrate that Trust staff are delivering high quality, person centred care that puts the individual in control.

A nomination from a service user being supported by staff on a mental health inpatient ward at Kendray Hospital in Barnsley, praised the staff for their ‘caring and person-centred approach’ which helped to support their recovery.

The Trust’s assertive outreach team in Calderdale provides support to those experiencing severe mental health conditions who find it difficult to work with other services. The team was nominated for supporting patient choice, helping to reduce the number of days people need to stay in hospital and involving families and carers in care plans.

Ian Black, Trust chair said, “It’s great to hear examples of our teams delivering excellent services. The awards are driven by our values, as they’re extremely important to us – they unite our services and help us to provide the best possible care to local people.

“It’s really important that people continue to tell us about the great work our teams are doing in order for us to celebrate these achievements.”

Every team within the Trust that gets nominated will receive a certificate, presented by their district director. After nominations have closed in March 2015, a panel of judges including Trust chair Ian Black, representatives from the Trust’s Members’ Council and Staff Side union, will pick the winners.

The winners will be invited to a special event where their achievement will be celebrated with senior representatives from the Trust including Steven Michael OBE, Trust chief executive and Ian Black, Trust chair.

More information about the awards, including how to nominate, can be found by visiting

Staff nominations highlight excellent care

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