12 December 2013
Success at Positive Practice In Mental Health Awards
Congratulations to two members of AWP staff who
were honoured at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards in
Sheffield on Thursday 5 December.
Involvement manager Gareth Sharman was shortlisted in the Making
a Difference category and Nathan Wallbank, clinical team manager
for South Gloucestershire specialist drug and alcohol service, was
shortlisted for the Mental health Leader award.
Both Nathan and Gareth deserved some sort of award for even
making it to Sheffield due to the extreme weather on the day, but
after a seven hour journey they joined colleagues from across the
nation for the celebration, which was hosted by TV personality and
South Gloucestershire GP, Dr Mark Porter MBE.
We are delighted that Gareth won his category and Nathan achieved
highly commended in his. Both in turn commended the event itself,
in particular the cheesecake!
Gareth said, "I am astonished and rather humbled to have won my
category. It is nice that other people see things in me that I
don't see myself. I am very proud to have won this award for myself
and AWP and it was great to share this experience with such a nice
bloke like Nathan and to have our wives there to support us. I for
one tend to forget the importance of family and friends in
supporting me in my work. She is very good at debriefing me after
Nathan said "I am very honoured to be shortlisted for these awards
and for receiving a commendation. I want to thank my fantastic team
for this opportunity. It is their determination and focus on
improving service user experiences that inspires me!"
The event was also a superb opportunity to meet some wonderful
people working on some inspiring mental health projects including a
team from Everton Football Club and the founder of a football team
specifically for veterans.