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HUNDREDS of staff from Solihull NHS Care Trust attended its annual awards ceremony, celebrating innovation, dedication and service to others.

HUNDREDS of staff from Solihull NHS Care Trust attended its annual awards ceremony, celebrating innovation, dedication and service to others.

Interim chairman Jenni Ord and chief executive Sally Burton were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull, Councillor David Bell and Mrs Sally Bell, to present the awards to staff from throughout the Trust.

The trust was recently given a clean bill of health by an independent watchdog.

It emerged as good for the quality of services it offers to patients in an annual performance check by the Healthcare Commission and was also rated as fair for how it manages its funds.

Some 200 award winners, nominees and guests attended the Oscar-style awards ceremony at the Library Theatre in Solihull.

Long-service awards were also presented to staff who have given 25 years or more service to the NHS - this year totalling more than 800 years service by staff.

The chief executive's award for professional excellence went to Sandy Walmsley, the trust's lead on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for her work in raising the profile of the Trust both nationally and internationally.

And the board award for professional excellence was presented to Surinder Sidhu, human resources manager, for the work she has under-taken on developing the trust's equality and diversity policy and improving its performance.

The Mayor presented awards to three of the trust's "unsung heroes" for the work they have carried out beyond and above the normal call of duty.

They were Dr Mike Caley, specialist registrar in public health, Dawn Harborne, a community nurse in learning disabilities, and Kerry Karim, promoting independence officer.

 

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