The team at York House, our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service in York, have celebrated staff achievements at their annual awards ceremony. Service users, staff and guests were there to congratulate all the recipients and a musical event rounded off the afternoon.

Hilary McDaid, Divisional Manager, presented Long Service Awards to a number of staff. Keiron Palmer, Dr Miles Rogish and Nick Flanagan had all achieved 15 Years’ service and Gareth Sullivan, Jan Danby, Paul Douglas, Martin Kelsey and Paul Richardson were all celebrating 10 years.

There was a retrospective presentation by Service Manager, Nicky Plowman to Stewart Heron who had won the Trust’s individual staff award for ‘Creativity/Originality - Demonstration of creative and original thinking in the development of the service they provide’ and for ‘Going the extra mile - Consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty.’ This was a lovely opportunity for Stewart's colleagues to share in his success.

It was also the occasion to present the Cate Devane Award; in memory of a much loved former member of staff who sadly passed away in May 2016 after a year-long battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Cate had worked at York House for 13 years, initially as a Bank Nurse rising to Deputy Manager. Cate was the Safeguarding Lead, Family Liaison Lead and was, additionally, the Safeguarding and the Brain Injury Trainer at York House.

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Charlie Johnson, Physiotherapist and Rob Corker, Senior Rehabilitation Support Worker were joint winners of the annual award which was voted for by staff and presented by Gerry Morris, Quality Assurance Advisor; to recognise those staff who possess the qualities that made Cate the person everyone was proud to work alongside.

Nicky Plowman voiced her appreciation: “We are extremely proud of each and every person who attended and thank everyone for their nominations.”

York House is a specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation hospital for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs and / or challenging behaviour. There are three types of service at York House within The Dales, The Moors and The Wolds. These enable us to offer a continuum of care to meet the changing needs of service users as they progress through their rehabilitation, and accommodate those with longer term needs.

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