The winners of the You’re a Star Awards 2020 have been announced, celebrating not only outstanding individuals and teams who work or volunteer at the Trust, but their creativity, caring and can-do attitudes!

A record 75 nominations were received early in 2020, the sixteenth year of the awards, with judging continuing despite the Coronavirus pandemic, although the usual live Oscars-style ceremony scheduled for July had to be postponed and then moved online. The winners were announced at a live virtual ceremony on Friday 18 September. The six categories and their winners are:

Improvements and Innovation – Community Dental service

The team were commended for their ‘Adam goes to the Dental Hospital’ anxiety management film which supports children attending hospital for dental extraction.


Non-clinical Star/s – Physical Health Administration team

This team goes above and beyond whilst providing telephony and administrative support for podiatry, speech and language therapy, continence, tissue viability and palliative care services, as well as co ordinating orders of uniforms and equipment.

Akhtar Jan (pictured) is a member of the Physical Health Administration team

Service User, Carer and Volunteer Contributions – Jack James Allison

Jack is a volunteer within the Learning Disability Service and is active in the Bradford Voluntary/Advocacy Services.

Jack (pictured) is also involved in the recruitment of Trust staff and training for student nurses.


Unsung Hero – Occupational Therapist Laura Ellis

Laura  (pictured) has established an exercise programme for patients at Lynfield Mount Hospital, which is available even after discharge for continued support and wellbeing.



Working Together – Music Therapist Katy Grainger

Katie (pictured) supports the recovery and wellbeing of inpatient service users.

She is the driving force behind the Lynfest and Lynfrost festivals of music and arts and service user-led Jam Sessions.



Team of the Year – City Cluster District Nursing teams

These five teams provide complex nursing care to the most vulnerable service users.

They have embraced the ‘Care Trust Way’, with all staff working together to identify and deliver improvements in clinical practice.


The winners in each category showcase the hard work and dedication of individuals and teams across the Trust, many of whom think ‘outside the box’, rising to a challenge in positive, creative ways which uphold the organisation’s values of ‘We Care, We Listen, We Deliver’. Each winner will receive £750 to support their ongoing professional work to benefit people who use Care Trust services, courtesy of the event’s main supporter Bradford-based Sovereign Health Care.

Commenting on the winners’ achievements, Trust Chair Cathy Elliot said: “Each person and team who has won an award exemplifies the creativity, caring and can-do attitude of so many of our staff.

“Our winners have demonstrated how they go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver our aim of Better Lives, Together. Their dedication, enthusiasm and skill are making a difference, providing high quality care, health and wellbeing to the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and Wakefield.

“I’m thrilled we are able to recognise their work and the impact they have made on colleagues and service users in this way. No matter the challenge, they have shown that they put their thinking caps on and come up with successful solutions. Congratulations to all our winners and our nominees!”

She added: “Each year the You’re a Star Awards offer an opportunity to reflect on the excellent work carried out, day in, day out, by many more unsung heroes across our organisation. It is particularly poignant to reflect on that this year, when so many people stepped up to the challenges posed by Coronavirus. Our staff make the NHS what it is today – a much loved institution we can all be proud of.”