Published on: 1st November 2019

We held our first ever Pennine Care People Awards on Wednesday (30 October), in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.

Pennine Care People wings (cropped).jpgIt was a huge success, with live music, dancing and a real buzz about the place; as we celebrated the colleagues who make us great.

Our compere Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City) added some humour and shared a personal story of her own mental health struggles; before presenting the winners with Claire Molloy, chief executive, and Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, chair.

Here are our winners (click on each drop down menu for more info):

Inclusion champion

LGBTQ group inclusion champion.jpgLGBTQ+ sub group

This group was set up by passionate staff who wanted to introduce more training and raise awareness around issues which affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients or colleagues. The group has grown to cover our whole trust and has been making links with local LGBTQ+ groups, to constantly improve people’s experiences of services.

Runners up: Gail Kane, Tracy Mellor

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Brilliant partnership

Bury pain psychological medicine team and bury healthy minds long term conditions workers - brilliant partnership.jpgBury paint psychological medicine team and Bury Healthy Minds long term conditions team

These two teams have worked together on a unique model of care, to support people
in Bury living with persistent pain. Once patients are assessed, they will be offered a range of treatment options, with a focus on providing education and choosing a course of treatment that best meets their needs.

Runners up: Criminal justice mental health team, Manchester Resilience Hub

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Great innovation

Resilience Hub great innovation.jpgManchester Resilience Hub

The hub has been innovative in how it supports people affected by the Manchester Arena attack. They’ve used specialist software to regularly screen those affected, designed groups and workshops to support people, and developed virtual reality technology to help people ‘return’ to the Arena. They also share their learning on a national and international scale to help improve the response to major incidents.

Runners up: Dr Sarmad Nadeem and Dr Adeola Akinola, Trafford community phlebotomy team

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Improving lives

Dr Roshelle Ramkisson improving lives.jpgDr Roshelle Ramkisson, consultant psychiatrist (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale mental health service)

Roshelle has been instrumental to several projects to improve mental health services for children and young people. These have ranged from presenting at international workshops, submitting research grants, reforming programmes of study and development, supervising colleagues, engaging with local young people and producing award winning clinical posters to showcase the work.

Runners up: Stockport learning disability physiotherapy team, Gemma Mlambo

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Rising star

Louise Powell, organisational development administrator

Louise Powell rising star.jpgLouise is a pleasure to be around with the most helpful, positive attitude. She has gained an incredible amount of knowledge in such a short time, always taking on extra responsibilities and suggesting new and efficient ways of working. Louise is destined for great things and is currently completing an advanced administration apprenticeship.

Runners up: Keiler Roberts, Dan Love

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Inspirational leader

Lindsey Baucutt inspirational leader.jpgLindsey Baucutt, operational manager, Hope and Horizon units (Bury)

Colleagues and patients all speak very highly of Lindsey and her kind, compassionate and caring nature. She’s a selfless, hands-on leader who’s truly committed to delivering the best service for the young people and families they support, encouraging everyone in her team to aim for the stars.

Runners up: Dr Syeda Hasan, Dr Janet Teshola, Fiona Ibberson, Alicia Custis

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Colleague of the year

Carly Hartshorn colleague of the year.jpgCarly Hartshorn, specialist speech and language therapist (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale)

Passion, dedication and problem solving skills are just some of the traits that have earned Carly her nomination. Through her kindness and support, she makes the workplace better for everyone. Carly also champions the patients voice and choice, treating all opinions equally and making sure they’re considered.

Runners up: Mark Black, Sarah Hood, Heidi Maloney

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Team of the year

Bury motor neurone disease team

Bury motor neurone team of the year.jpgThe team is extremely passionate about their patients, whose time is often short. They use the latest technology and draw on expertise to make sure patients are supported both physically and psychologically, so they can make the most of life. This includes some heart-warming stories such as supporting on patient to enjoy a last holiday, and another to attend their daughter’s wedding.

Runners up: Rochdale west community mental health team, Oldham access team, Hope and Horizon CAMHS units (Bury), Taylor Ward (Tameside)

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Community choice

Katie Tomlinson community choice award.jpgKatie Tomlinson, community psychiatric nurse, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale community mental health team

When Natalie was on the ward going through psychotic episodes, Katie went out of her way to make her feel safe and reassured. Katie always offers time and encouragement, with energy that lights up the room. Her compassion makes a lasting impact on many patients, particularly Natalie who is now at home and feeling better, thanks to the support she received.

Runners up: Steve Vieites, Pauline Flint

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Royal College of Nursing North West outstanding contribution

Tariela Laindon - RCN award.jpgTariela Laindon 

Tariela was awarded an outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion in health and social care, by the Royal College of Nursing (North West). Our award ceremony provided a perfect opportunity to present this award to Tariela and celebrate her achievement.





We’d like to thank our mental health patients who meticulously decorated individual feathers for our winged wall.

Special mention and thanks too for Music Street for the live music, Ri Ri’s Dance Academy for providing entertainment in the form of Bollywood dancers, and Hulme community garden centre for the beautiful table centrepieces.