Health and Social Care workers have spoken of their pride after scooping top prizes at the Cygnet staff achievement awards, a day of celebration for caring, dedicated and hard-working colleagues across the organisation.
The company – which runs a Cygnet Health Care and Cygnet Social Care division – is a leading provider of health and social care services for young people and adults with mental health needs, acquired brain injuries, eating disorders, autism and learning disabilities within the UK.
Held last year for the first time, the Cygnet Staff Achievement Awards is open to all 11,000 staff across Healthcare, Social Care and Support Services, to honour colleagues across all departments and job roles who go above and beyond to ensure service users receive the highest quality care.
The awards took place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham and recognised the individuals and teams who made outstanding contributions. Colleagues were able to nominate one another and there were nearly 1,200 nominations across 15 categories, all judged by different, independent panels recognising the range of skills across the Cygnet workforce – including support workers, clinicians, chefs, IT, nursing and all the other vital roles.
All winners were presented with their awards by former England cricketer, Marcus Trescothick, who was guest of honour at the event. Marcus, in conversation with Lord Kamlesh Patel, Cygnet’s Non-Executive Director, kick-started the event by talking to the 280-strong staff audience about the mental health struggles he had experienced throughout his playing career.
Award categories included; Joy in Work Award, Learner of the Year Award, Bright Future Award, Delivering Service Excellence Award and Support Act of the Year Award.
Dr Tony Romero, Cygnet CEO, said: “Last year’s inaugural event was incredibly uplifting, hearing the countless stories about how so many of our staff have provided life-changing care and support.
“This year’s occasion was even bigger and better. It was fantastic to hear about how so many staff wanted to celebrate and recognise their colleagues who go above and beyond for the individuals in their care.
“To all finalists, I want to say congratulations on this well-deserved recognition. They were selected for their passion for their work, their commitment to excellence, and their unwavering dedication to our service users. I felt inspired and it is only right that we celebrate and share successes and recognise the difference our work makes each day.
“Cygnet has a proud, 35-year history of providing quality care to some of society’s most vulnerable. From the very beginning, back in 1988, it has been the caring nature of our staff who have played the greatest role in ensuring we change lives for the better. Their hard work and dedication are the foundation of our success, and I am proud to work alongside such exceptional individuals and teams. They really do go above and beyond to give our service users hope of a brighter future.
“It is an immense privilege to work with staff across the organisation and to learn from their professionalism and integrity.”