Haywards Heath physiotherapists helped woman recover mobility after she was hit by car

Emily Dolbear and Kate Nutt are the first SCFT staff to win the new People's Choice Award ' after being nominated by Amy Palmer, from Haywards Heath.
Emily Dolbear and Kate Nutt are the first SCFT staff to win the new People's Choice Award ' after being nominated by Amy Palmer, from Haywards Heath.

Two Haywards Heath physiotherapists have received an award for ‘going above and beyond’ in their care for a patient recovering after being hit by a car.

Hundreds of staff from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) celebrated a year of achievement at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton last Thursday (November 22).

Among the winners were Emily Dolbear and Kate Nutt, who received the new People’s Choice Award after being nominated by Amy Palmer, from Haywards Heath.

The physiotherapists, who work at the Kleinwort Centre in Haywards Heath, scooped the award after helping Amy to recover her mobility after she suffered life-changing injuries after being hit by a car.

In her nomination, Amy, 31, said: “Emily and Kate went above and beyond to care for me, encourage me, support me and push me to do the best I possibly could.

“I can honestly say with my hand on my heart I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

SCFT, which cares for adults and children in clinics, schools, hospitals, GP surgeries and people’s homes all over Sussex, awarded prizes in 13 categories and recognised 87 members of staff to have reached 20, 30 and 40 years’ service in the NHS.

The event, which was hosted by SCFT chair Peter Horn and chief executive Siobhan Melia, brought together teams from across the 5,000-strong workforce.

Following the awards, more than 650 colleagues working in NHS services across Sussex came together for the annual staff ball.

Ms Melia said: “Our awards and ball are important ways of recognising the incredible contribution of our teams. It is important to take the time to say thank you for their hard work and the difference they make to the lives of our patients and their families.

“Congratulations to all of our award winners – I am proud to be part of an organisation that does so much to support our local communities. We have a fantastic team here at SCFT.”

The full list of winners:

· Apprentice of the Year – Ellysia Diprose

· Compassionate Care – Jane Musiol

·Inclusive Leader – joint winners Allison Kidgell and the Prosthetic Team

· Making a Difference Award (Individual) – Dawn Fincham

· Making a Difference Award (Team) – Time To Talk Health

· Our Community Way Quality Improvement – Karen Arkle, Vicky Hartley and the Children and Young People’s Continence Team

· Outstanding Newcomer – Ruth Fox

· People’s Choice – Emily Dolbear and Kate Nutt

· Research and Innovation – Dr Diane Sellers

· Volunteer of the Year – Jan Cooper

· Working in Partnership – OneCall Coastal

· Chair’s Award – Rose Farmer

· Chief Executive – Overnight Nursing Service