Outstanding Bedford NHS staff receive awards

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The dedication and commitment of outstanding NHS staff from Bedfordshire and Luton has been celebrated at a glittering awards event in London, with three Bedford-based winners.

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) hosted its annual Staff Awards ceremony at the Barbican Centre in London on Tuesday 12 February, celebrating the efforts of its 5,500-strong staff, providing mental and community health services in East London and across Bedfordshire and Luton.

The Robert Dolan Leadership Award: Jo Meehan – Bedford

Jo leads NHS services in Bedfordshire and Luton that help and support children and young people struggling with mental health issues.

She has worked across NHS services in the Bedford area and is now the Trust’s Bedfordshire and Luton associate director for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Jo was described as ‘one of the most busy people in the Trust who always has their finger on the pulse and a smile on their face’.

Her nomination added: “She offers humour and warmth on a daily basis and is very caring on a personal level.”

She has lived in the Bedford area most of her life and studied nurse training at the University of Luton.

Working in Partnership Award: Bedfordshire and Luton Adult Community Eating Disorders Service

The service was recognised for its tireless work over the last two years to form a partnership with Luton-based voluntary organisation Caraline.

Working closely with staff and service users, they developed a new model of care which helps people access the right service for the treatment they need.

Their work has been recognised as an example of best practice by the NHS England East of England Eating Disorders Clinical Network.

Apprentice of the Year: Katie Close – Bedford

Katie works for Path 2 Recovery (P2R) in Bedford, which provides drug and alcohol advice, treatment and support to adults whose lives are affected by substance misuse.

Proud ELFT Chief Executive Dr Navina Evans said: “I am in awe at the capacity for our staff at ELFT to keep on giving.

“I feel as if I am the luckiest CEO in the NHS.”