Our staff are our greatest asset, displaying hard work, commitment and passion on a daily basis. We want to create a culture where there are lots of opportunities to say “thank you” and be an organisation that our staff are proud to be a part of.

What is Valued Star?
This monthly award is about recognising members of staff who have gone the extra mile in the way they demonstrate any or all of our Trust values of compassion, respect, integrity and trust. These run throughout Our Pledge, which we have signed up to as staff, managers and as an organisation.

November’s winner   

November’s Valued Star is … Meera Bentley, recovery college outreach worker!

Angela Hillery (chief executive of LPT) recorded a personal message for the team. Here is the video:


Nominating Meera, Emma Gartland, operational manager and her team said:

“In March 2020, the college had to close its doors to students and service users due to Covid-19.  We all had to consider how we could continue to support our students going forward, in the most challenging of times.

Meera took on the task of supporting students virtually and due to her hard work and diligence over the past eight months, we have been able to deliver over 60 courses online to students. She has worked with LHIS, external agencies and our tutors to create a programme of online courses, developing systems and practices along the way, including obtaining feedback from our students about the online courses delivered.  Meera has worked closely with students and service users offering one to one support to help them access our online facilities. She also hosts our Facebook page posting wellbeing resources and options to support mental health to our followers daily.

We wanted to recognise Meera’s hard work, efforts, commitment and skills shown in creating a whole new way of working for the college to such a high standard and for also supporting our students, helping them to stay connected with us and with each other – they have found this very valuable at a very difficult time.

Well done Meera. You are a Covid hero!”

Meera, upon receiving the award said:

“I feel so proud to have even been nominated! Emma, Kate, Joe and Meesha are such fantastic colleagues and in my eyes we are all stars. All of the reasons I have been nominated for have been a result of fantastic management and great team work and support! Thank you 😊”

Well done and thank you to Meera for living our values.

Our staff are our greatest asset, many demonstrating fantastic dedication and care on a daily basis. The Valued Star awards help you to say thank you to them.

Well done to all those nominated in November:

  • Charles Toussaint Pagne, healthcare support worker
  • Cassie Smith, healthcare support worker
  • Michael Puddepha, peer support worker
  • Josh Geary, healthcare assistant
  • Pauline Ndigirwa and Helen Wheeler, speech and language therapist and community team manager
  • Katie Bradshaw, social prescriber
  • Jackie Watkins, staff nurse
  • Asha Day, clinical team leader
  • Amy Bland, occupational therapist
  • The CAMHS Crisis Team
  • Carl Mugglestone, IT support officer
  • Helen Bagworth, perinatal mental health team
  • James Preston, healthcare support worker
  • Shabina Sidhu, therapy technical assistant
  • Edna Morris, mental health practitioner
  • LPT Safeguarding Team (Practitioners and Administrators)


The timeline for the awards and the dates for the monthly presentations is available here.

Nominate your Valued Star

Nominations are welcome for any member of staff, from any profession, service or team, or from service users, carers or other members of the public. Simply complete the form on this page.

How do the Valued Star Awards work?

One Valued Star is picked on a monthly basis from all those nominated during that month by our Executive Team. The winner is then announced the following month through a surprise presentation by Chief Executive Angela Hillery, who visits them in their place of work and presents a framed certificate.

2020 Valued Star winners

Here is our 2020 Valued Star Wall of Fame and our winners so far from this year:

January - Daniel Norbury, head of employment services and Charlotte Gibbs, acting
children’s phlebotomy service lead
February -Rowan Kimber, healthcare support worker
March - Russell Hadfield, clinical category manager
April - Sarah Holliehead, head of procurement
May - Joanna Smith, physiotherapist
June - The Infection Prevention Control team
July - The Mental Health Triage Team at Leicester Royal Hospital
August - Melissa Angrave, staff nurse
September - Saskya Falope, team manager and Geeta Chauhan, meaningful activity coordinator
October - The Agnes Unit team
November - Meera Bentley, recovery college outreach worker

Valued Star

Form for submitting Valued Star nominations.

If you have any problems submitting your nomination, please complete a printable version  of the form and either scan and email to communications@leicspart.nhs.uk or send it in the internal post to the Communications team at Bridge Park Plaza, Thurmaston.