Delighted workers scoop coveted awards

Staff celebrate their Team of the Year award and (right) Joanne Harrison and Darryl Parkinson with their highly commended award for leadership
Staff celebrate their Team of the Year award and (right) Joanne Harrison and Darryl Parkinson with their highly commended award for leadership
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MENTAL health workers in Hartlepool had their excellent work recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

Staff from Teeswide Older People’s Services were named Team of the Year at Tees, Esk and Wear Valley’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Making a Difference awards.

The winning team, which works in Hartlepool, Easington and across the rest of Teesside were handed the award in recognition of their dedicated work in offering healthcare services to older people.

Trust chief executive Martin Barkley, who presented the award, said: “Our reputation for providing high quality mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services is made possible because of the continued commitment and dedication of our staff.

“I’m proud and delighted to be able to recognise the people who go the extra mile to improve the lives of the local people who use our services.”

Support workers Joanne Harrison and Darryl Parkinson, from the Hartlepool Community Health Team, based at Sovereign House, in the town, were also celebrating after being presented with the highly commended award for leadership.

The recognition comes after the pair led their team to gain five stars in the Excellence in Practice Accreditation scheme.

More than 170 members of staff attended the sixth running of the annual awards ceremony at Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield.

Twenty awards were presented to teams and individuals for their dedication and commitment to providing excellent care or support to service users, carers and colleagues.