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A pharmacy technician working at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a Clinical Rising Star in the Trust’s Positively Different Awards.

Emily Austin-George is based at St George’s Hospital in Stafford but provides support to sexual health clinics in Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth as well as leading on the pharmacy requirements to support the Trust to provide good physical health care to the people on its inpatient wards.

The Positively Different Awards are designed to recognise exceptional contributions to service, by individuals and teams, by clinical and non clinical staff. Over 165 nominations were received for the 11 awards and following a rigorous process, supported by some of the Trust’s Governor Members, the best entries were shortlisted, only finding out if they were winners on the night.

The Rising Star category recognises people who are going places, who have already made a significant contribution and shown drive, determination and a vision for the future. The judges commented that Emily “exceeds the expectation of her role, tirelessly driving improvement, she adds real value to our services and across the local health economy”.

380 local NHS staff attended the event, held on 9 November 2017 at the Staffordshire County Showground, which is also an important opportunity for sharing good practice and helping staff to understand their role in the wider service. South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare provides mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services locally, but also psychological therapies; drug and alcohol services in prisons; and care for serving MOD personnel across the country.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive said “One of the Trust’s core principles is that we value our staff. We know that we cannot deliver effective services without well trained and supported staff and believe that offering real recognition in the form of this awards ceremony has a real part to play in creating an enthusiastic, committed and confident workforce.”