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Local NHS trust recognises outstanding achievements at annual awards

3 public sector workers from Wirral, have been honoured for their outstanding achievements at the annual awards show for a local NHS services provider. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) held its annual CWP Recognition Awards, on Thursday, 6 June 2019, at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall. The event serves as an annual opportunity to honour the tremendous and tireless hard work of our workforce volunteers and partners in their efforts to provide outstanding care. Among our local winners were; mental health practitioner Debbie Laidlaw Baker and the Merseyside Police Street Triage team of PC Gemma Glover and PC Nigel Mosely. In addition to handing out prizes to the worthy winners, the night was also a celebration of the trust's achievements over the past year, which included being rated as:- 'outstanding for caring' by the Care Quality Commission. CWP chief executive, Sheena Cumiskey, said:- "On behalf of the trust I would like to offer my sincere congratulations for all of those who were nominated, shortlisted and who won one of our Recognition Awards. The past year has seen some outstanding achievements and these successes would not be possible without the incredible hard work of our people and partners."

Entertainment on the night was provided by 2 choirs. The Wirral Harmony Choir sang versions of songs such as:- "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash and "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters. Earlier in the night service users and staff from our Winsford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service treated the audience to an exceptional, inspirational performance of:- "This is Me" from the hit Hollywood blockbuster, The Greatest Showman. The song is about recognising and celebrating people's differences and is considered to be an anthem for inclusivity. Both sets of performers received well deserved standing ovations from those in attendance. To close the night, awards host, Dr Maureen Wilkinson was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Having recently retired, the award came for her work in a variety of roles in the NHS throughout her career, and also for her awe inspiring work supporting mental health service development in in the early part of her career in Malawi and then latterly in Uganda.  Sheena continued:- "I would like to thank all of those who helped to make the event a great success. Every year, the celebration gets stronger and stronger and the competition for the awards, more fierce. I think it is vitCwP asally important that we take an opportunity to give our thanks to those who dedicate so much of their time to ensure we can provide compassionate, safe, person centred care. Our annual awards allow us to do this and make me so proud to be part of this organisation."

Carpentry and Joinery students secure Apprenticeships in industry

2 Hugh Baird College Carpentry and Joinery students have secured employment in industry following their work experience placements at National Museums Liverpool. Elliot Caddick and Luke Scott impressed staff at the organisation and have subsequently secured Apprenticeships within their Production Team. National Museums Liverpool is a group of museums and galleries in the Liverpool City Region. Their venues attracted more than 3 million visitors per year with collections containing everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic.  As Bench Joinery/Manufacturing Apprentices, Elliot and Luke are working with the group's Production Team, who create and maintain exhibitions across their 8 venues.

Elliot, 24 and originally from Wilmslow, returned to education following working in the retail and leisure sector and a couple of years' travelling in Australia. He said:- "The Carpentry and Joinery course at College helped me gain the skills and knowledge I needed to secure the Apprenticeship.  The work experience placement was a great insight into working in the industry and I'm over the moon to have been offered this apprenticeship. My new career is now going to hopefully set me up for life".

Luke, 19 from Walton, went to a Sports College when he finished School, but didn't want to pursue that subject any further. He said:- "When I started Sports College, I soon realised it wasn't for me, I wanted learn a trade. The best part about studying Carpentry and Joinery at Hugh Baird College is the tutors. They've all had careers in the industry, so they pass on all their invaluable knowledge on to you. I'm really enjoying the Apprenticeship, the team we work with are amazing and it's great to earn a wage whilst still learning the craft."

Vicky Edwards, Assistant Principal - Technical Skills at Hugh Baird College, said:- "I'd like to congratulate Elliot and Luke on securing their Apprenticeships and wish them every success as they embark on their careers. Supporting the local economy with a pool of talented, skilled and work ready people is one of the College's core missions and I'm thrilled that we have been able to successfully do exactly that working with National Museums Liverpool."

For more information on Hugh Baird College Construction and The Built Environment courses, please visit:- HughBaird.AC.UK or alternatively, please call:- 0151 353 4444 for more information.

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