Every year we highlight, honour and celebrate individuals across our organisation who have been nominated by their colleagues for going the extra mile to make a real difference to others.

Inspired by our vision of providing the best possible care for the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven our ‘You’re a Star Awards’ event recognises staff from all areas of our Trust.

The five categories are: Innovation and Quality, Working Together, Non-Clinical Stars, Unsung Hero and Improving Patient Experience. Nominations are made by staff who work at the Trust.

2018 finalists

Working Together

  • Assessment and Treatment unit – the multidisciplinary team based at Lynfield Mount Hospital support people with learning disabilities and mental health problems whose needs cannot be supported at home.
  • Grainne Eloi – Interim Head of Mental Health Services who has been working together with the local authority, police and voluntary sector agencies to improve urgent and emergency mental health crisis support.
  • Fluoride varnish team – committed to improving the oral health of our local communities.

Improving Patient Experience

  • Specialist palliative care team – dedicated to providing peaceful and dignified end of life care for the patients in the community that they care for.
  • Prashant Wasnik – a committed ward manager who has been making a real difference to patients by delivering outstanding person-centered care.
  • Bingley Medical Practice district nurses – who go the extra mile to ensure the needs of the patients they serve are met.

Unsung Hero

  • Kimberley Evans – a member of the research and development team – whose lifesaving research identified dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home of a couple who were taking part in a Care Trust research Trial.
  • Ruth Wood – an occupational therapist at the Trust’s Dementia Assessment Unit, who always puts patients at the heart of care.
  • Clive Harrison – a Champions Show the Way volunteer community health and memory bank champion who is extremely committed to helping others reduce social isolation by leading successful reminiscence sessions and family history sessions in the community that has led to over 100 people researching their family trees.

Non-clinical Star/s

  • Emma Greenwood – a project support officer within the nursing development team, who has been described by colleagues as ‘the glue which seals the team together’. Emma regularly goes above and beyond to help support colleagues.
  • Estates and facilities – who have been noted for their customer focus and ‘can do’ attitude in delivering essential support to staff across the Trust, including consistently providing high quality, responsive services on the wards.
  • Administrators Jacqueline Duggan, Tina Sparks and Diane Wright  – who provide key support to the frontline Children’s services team in Wakefield to ensure the smooth running of the Trust.

Innovation and Quality

  • Wendy Antill – a physiotherapist from the complex care team who finds innovative ways to support patients and carers and improve the service to enhance patient experience.
  • The nursing development team – for their virtual community placement programme which helps to develop first year nursing students in the infancy of their careers with the NHS.
  • Annette Whomack-Brown, a healthcare support worker at Lynfield Mount Hospital whose innovative idea to open the Four Seasons Café at the hospital has led to patients and their families having a non-clinical space to spend quality time together, out of the ward environment.


Here are our 2017 winners:

You and your care award winner

Winner: Christine Cunliffe, Assistant Clinical Practitioner, Airedale Centre for Mental Health

Christine has been making a real difference to the patients she cares for by consistently delivering outstanding care for over 30 years, with her passion for staff wellbeing.
Despite Christine saying she is only ‘doing her job’ she has been key in the Heather Ward, at Airedale Centre for Mental Health, engaging with a number of national initiatives, including the ward being the first across the region to receive national accreditation by the Yorkshire and Humber ANSN* Improvement Academy for the quality of its safety huddles.

Working together award winner

Winner: Young Dynamos

Young Dynamos are a young people’s research advisory group within the Trust that has been helping to shape and influence services for young people.

Giving their time freely, the group of under 19s, contribute their thoughts and ideas to research projects with commitment and good humour, co-producing research and providing advice from a young person’s perspective to researchers across the Yorkshire and Humber region. The group has been instrumental in ensuring researchers are able to offer services that meet the needs of young people to improve the quality of services received.

Quality award winner

Winner: Andrew Birkenshaw, a health facilitation nurse and Jodee Simpson, a speech and language therapist at the Care Trust’s Waddiloves Health Centre

Andrew and Jodee worked with Noel, a 49 year old man with learning disabilities, autism and epilepsy, to help him overcome his fears of surgery, to enable him to have a lifesaving operation to remove a tumour after he was diagnosed with cancer

Value for money winner

Winner: Children’s services leadership team

The team has brought together service leads from different teams and departments across the Trust to successfully redesign children’s services across the district.

Patient experience award winner

Winner: Nick Smith, Trust Governor

Nick has lived experience of mental health crisis, who is extremely committed to supporting vulnerable people that have suffered emotionally or experienced a mental health crisis.

Take a look at videos of the finalists work here…