HSJ awards shortlist for Speech and Language team
Our Speech and Language Team were at the 2016 HSJ Awards - shortlisted in the workforce category for their Newly Qualified Speech and Language Therapists Professional Development Programme.
The awards ceremony was held at the O2 on 23 November and there was a long nail-biting wait for the final category of the night. The top spot went to London Ambulance Service; but the achievement of getting onto the shortlist alongside some of the major acute trusts and national organisations like NHS Blood and Transplant was amazing recognition.
Sarah Childs, principal SLT, who developed the programme, said: "It was indeed an honour to represent the SLT team and CLCH at such a prestigious event. I must also acknowledge the contributions of all the newly qualified therapists who have attended the programme. It is their willingness to share their experience and participate in the collaborative learning that has made it the success that it is. We may not have won but I do feel we achieved something just having been shortlisted."
The course, which is offered in addition to clinical supervision, develops new therapist's ability to reflect on the professional skills required for the job, helps build professional resilience and supports overall well-being at work. Things they need to develop but are not part of their university studies.
Andrew Ridley, CLCH chief executive, was at the awards. He said: "Sarah and the team's achievement is significant; it's prestigious to get even shortlisted and great to see the work and trust under the spotlight in such an arena. A huge congratulations and thanks to our speech and language therapists."
Supporting Sarah on the night were members of the SLT team: Elena Moore, Jude Bellair, Alison Stewart and Mav Ghalley. And also from the trusts board and senior management team: Angela Greatley, Chair, Richard Milner, Deputy Chief Exec, Janet Lewis, Divisional Director for Children's Services, James Benson, DDO and SLT lead for the trust, and Emily Boynton, HR Director.
The awards ceremony is the biggest healthcare awards scheme in the country, possibly the world; with hundreds of entries from up and down the country.