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NHS Heroes-  Gloucestershire Care Services Staff Awards 2013‘An opportunity to say thank you’ was how Penny Harris, chief executive of Gloucestershire Care Services introduced an awards evening this week which celebrated the innovation, skills and dedication of staff working within the county’s community health and social care services.

More than 80 staff from Gloucestershire Care Services came together to celebrate the achievements of colleagues – both staff and volunteers - who go the extra mile every day to provide high quality care for patients across Gloucestershire.  The nominees were each put forward by colleagues, often supported by compliment letters from patients, and presented with a certificate and trophy to recognise their dedication. 
Presenting the awards, Penny Harris, chief executive of Gloucestershire Care Services said: ‘It is an honour to celebrate the fantastic job that our staff are doing day in, day out.  This is a really important opportunity, where we take the time to say thank you.”

Ingrid Barker, chair of Gloucestershire Care Services said: “We had several hundred nominations this year, which shows what a fantastic job all our staff are doing across the organisation every day.  It was difficult to pick our finalists, especially with nominations coming from all areas of the organisation, from district nurses to children’s occupational therapists, physiotherapists to information analysts.  Our finalists are all exceptional, and have all demonstrated that high quality patient care is at the centre of everything they do.’
The seven award categories were:

  • NHS Heroes
  • Innovation Award
  • Award for Dignity in Care
  • Success in Working in Partnership Award
  • Support Staff Member of the Year Award
  • Team of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Chief Executive Special Awards

Penny Harris commented: "Our staff are highly-skilled, supportive and hardworking, and they deserve recognition for their innovation and excellence, and the care that they provide for patients and colleagues every day.  It is a real privilege to work with staff who are so engaged and so passionate about providing the best community health services for Gloucestershire residents.”

22 March 2013