Our staff and volunteers 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.

How do the monthly awards work?

Each month we will have three winners:

  • An Individual Valued Star
  • A Team Valued Star
  • A Health and Wellbeing Hero

The monthly awards are about recognising individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile in the way they demonstrate any or all of our Trust values of compassion, respect, integrity and trust as well as our Leadership Behaviours:


Supporting staff health and wellbeing remains a priority for us at LPT. The Health and Wellbeing Hero will go to an individual who has gone above and beyond to raise the profile of and improve the health and wellbeing of colleagues either locally or across the Trust.

October’s winners  

October’s Valued Star winners were…

  • The Individual Valued Star Award goes to Cathy Booth, occupational therapy clinical team leader, CHS
  • The Team Valued Star Award goes to the admin team at North West Leicestershire CMHT


Our Valued Star individual award goes to… to Cathy Booth, occupational therapy clinical team leader, CHS

Nominating Cathy, physiotherapy technical instructor, Debbie Bradburn said:

“Cathy is an exceptional manager who has gone above and beyond for her team and patients throughout the last year.

In the midst of a global pandemic, Cathy took responsibility for the management of two therapy teams, Coalville and Loughborough inpatient, and helped both wards achieve a silver accreditation.

Cathy’s dedication to the trust, her patients and her team is unwavering – despite personal challenges she has led with integrity, compassion and respect, ensuring every member of her team is given the time and support they need to thrive in their roles.

In short, Cathy is an asset to LPT!”

Watch Angela’s message to Cathy:

Upon receiving the award, Cathy said:

“It was a total surprise to receive this award, but I am honoured to lead two amazing teams who support me and really do make a difference at LPT.”

The Valued Star Team award goes to…   The admin team at North West Leicestershire CMHT

Helen Rutter, team leader said:

“On behalf of myself, team leads, consultants and clinical/nursing team, we would like to nominate the admin team at North West Leicestershire CMHT for a valued star award.

We have unfortunately had some significant resource issues within the admin team over the last two months – Charlotte Webster, Sam Moore and Karen Festa really have stepped up to great. They have pulled together to continually support the team in their delivery of patient care and to ensure the smooth running of our service.

They have all individually and as a team really pushed personal responsibility to the maximum, projected Trust values in their excellent communication whilst displaying leadership behaviours consistently. This has bought the team together as one and avoided disruption to our services. Thank you all”

Watch Angela’s personal thank you message to the team.

On receiving the award, Helen Rutter, team leader said:

“Well done to you all of the team 😊 I am mindful that when I first nominated the team, we had some staff off, but I want to make it clear that this award goes to all of the team.

I personally feel very proud to be a part of the team and feel very lucky that we have such an excellent team of staff that step up to great to support our patients and the clinical staff in what we do. I know that the entire team echo what I am saying, well done and we literally couldn’t do what we do without you, thank you.”

Well done and thank you to Cathy Booth and the admin team at North West Leicestershire CMHT for living our values.

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

Well done to all those nominated in October:

Individual award:

  • Gemma Kott, physiotherapy support worker
  • Kathryn Morriss, therapy team leader
  • Sam Barker, senior district nurse
  • Sabina Khalifa, assistant practitioner
  • Marisia O’Connor, Healthy Child programme practitioner
  • Deborah Morrison, technical instructor
  • Sandy Sawyer, nurse
  • Justine Warner, volunteer coordinator
  • Mark Kennedy, healthcare support worker
  • Lauren O’Donnell and Stacey Phillips, nurses

Team award:

  • paediatrics phlebotomy team at Westcotes Medical Centre
  • Melton, Rutland and Harborough community mental health team for older people

Nominate your Valued Stars and Health and Wellbeing Heroes

Nominations are welcome for any member of staff or volunteer, 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 awards work?

An individual and team 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 (please note that this is not currently possible with Covid-19 guidelines in place. Winners currently receive a personal message from our CEO and a certificate in the post).
nl/ The monthly Health and Wellbeing Hero will be picked by our Health and Wellbeing Team who will then send the winner a dedicated badge.

2020 Valued Star winners

Here is our 2020 Valued Star Wall of Fame:

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
December - Emma Powell, community phlebotomist

2021 Valued Star winners

Here is our 2021 Valued Star Wall of Fame and our winners so far from this year:

January - Chloe Shepherd, generic technical instructor
February - The LD vaccination team at the Peepul Centre
March - Team Hinckley (North and East Wards) and The Charnwood Surge Team
April - Voluntary Transport Drivers
May - Outpatients’ clerk, Natasha Peat - Valued Star Individual Award, City West Hub Admin Team - Valued Star Team Award, Beverley Hawkins, hospital nurse - The Health and Wellbeing Hero Award
June - ward administrator, Joy Duprey - Valued Star Individual Award, The Diana Team - Valued Star Team Award
July - Gillian Baverstock - Valued Star Individual Award, MSK physiotherapy team at Loughborough Hospital - Team Valued Star Award
August - Deborah Mason, ADHD nurse specialist - Individual Valued Star award, The adult mental health bed management team - Team Valued Star Award, Nissit Thakrar - Health and Wellbeing Hero award
September - Ellie Smith, healthcare assistant, FYPC.LD - Individual Valued Star award, The learning and development administration services team - Team Valued Star Award
October - Cathy Booth, occupational therapy clinical team leader, CHS - Individual Valued Star award, The admin team at North West Leicestershire CMHT - Team Valued Star Award

If you have any problems submitting your nomination, contact the Communications Team:  communications@leicspart.nhs.uk

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