Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is inviting patients, service users, carers and staff to nominate their staff and volunteers for the trust’s annual Celebrating Excellence awards, which recognise the exceptional care provided by the trust’s 5,500 staff and 400 plus volunteers.

The award categories recognise the diverse ways in which our Trust delivers excellence for our patients, service users and staff. Four of the 13 award categories are open to nominations from members of the public:


  • Delivering Exceptional Care Award
    Recognises either a team or an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to the care of his or her patients or service users, as well as outstanding commitment to the NHS and to improving services.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
    Awarded to an individual volunteer, team of volunteers or charity that has made an outstanding contribution to helping LPT go above and beyond.
  • Unsung Hero of the Year Award
    Selected by the chair and chief executive of the Trust, this award recognises an individual for their exceptional practice or contribution.
  • Excellence in Patient or Service User Involvement Award (new)
    Recognises teams, patient and staff collaborations or projects that have used innovative or outstanding practice to involve patients, service users or carers in continuously improving their services.


Last year’s winner of the Delivering Exceptional Care award  was given to the mental health services for older people’s (MHSOP) functional wards. They were nominated for their dedication to delivering exceptional care to service users. The team have introduced numerous quality improvement initiatives, including a carer support group, drama therapy and wellbeing clinics. The team have also successfully achieved accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists to the ‘Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services’ as well as an improved CQC rating of ‘good’ in their area. Watch the nomination video here.

Last year’s winner of the Unsung Hero award was given to Helen Dell, who works as a healthcare assistant. Her nominee described her as “kind and compassionate, everything she does is done with a ‘can do’ attitude.” She was also praised for her enthusiasm in creating activities for the ward in her own time, such as painting, making snowmen or creating peppermint creams, to more sensitive activities such as making poppies of Remembrance, or ‘things that are important to me’ posters for patients to hang above their beds. Watch the nomination video here.

If you would like to make a nomination in one of these categories, please do so before nominations close on at 5pm on Friday 7 February. More information about the awards, including the specific criteria, is available at www.leicspart.nhs.uk/awards where you can also make an online nomination, or download a nomination form.

The winners of the Celebrating Excellence Awards 2019 will be announced at a sponsored evening ceremony to be held on Friday 1 May. Those who nominate finalists will be invited to attend the event and join in the celebrations.

To sponsor an award, please contact Lindsay Woodward, fundraising manager on 0116 295 0889 or via email: lindsay.woodward@leicspart.nhs.uk

For further information please contact: Kartik Bhalla, eCommunications Officer, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Tel: 0116 295 0994, Email: Bhalla@leicspart.nhs.uk