NHS mental health staff from Sussex and Hampshire celebrated at awards ceremony

14 November 2023

More than 500 NHS staff who provide specialist mental health and learning disability care were recognised at a special awards ceremony last week. 

The annual Positive Practice Awards shine a well-deserved light on nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, allied health professionals, experts by experience and support staff at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for their outstanding contributions and commitment to supporting patients, service users and each other.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last two award ceremonies were held online, with teams tuning in from wards, offices and their homes. This year staff were able to meet in person to celebrate 564 nominees across 11 categories, which this year featured awards for innovation, sustainability, equality, and a new Chief Executive's Award.

Award categories included Partnership in Practice, won by i-Rock Horsham, and clinical Team of the Year, for which the silver award went to the Spring Tide Eating Disorder Day Service.

Dr Jane Padmore, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership, said:

"Hearing all the examples of colleagues and teams who are going the extra mile to improve our services, provide high-quality care that is safe, effective and a good experience, and support the wellbeing of our workforce, was inspiring. And I also know what we heard is a small sample of the incredible work happening across the organisation, particularly in this challenging climate.

The difference our staff make to people's lives - whether they work in frontline services or support services - is incredible, and I could not be prouder." 


The award categories were:

  • People First (clinical)
  • People First (non-clinical)
  • Partnership in Practice
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Innovation, Learning and Improvement
  • Sustainability
  • The Bethan Smith Award
  • Heads On Heroes
  • The Chief Executive's Award
  • Team of the Year (non-clinical)
  • Team of the Tear (clinical)

If you would like pictures of the event, please email communications@spft.nhs.uk.