Staff celebrate Partnership’s passionate HEART

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Outstanding staff achievement has been celebrated at the Beach Ballroom at Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership’s second annual HEART Awards.

The occasion drew some 350 colleagues from across the Partnership, and the third and independent sectors, for an evening of accolades – and home-grown entertainment from Partnership staff.

The HEART Awards – ‘Having Exceptional Achievement Recognised Together’ – was designed to celebrate the outstanding work of colleagues in ACHSCP and its partner organisations.

More than 60 nominations for teams and individuals were gathered in the seven award categories.

They were then whittled down by the ACHSCP Executive Team and Integration Joint Board member judges to shortlists of three finalists in each category, from whom the winners were then chosen and announced on the night.

The seven winners and the finalists each received a commemorative HEART Awards plaque.

A charity collection on the night raised £1,500 for the Archie Foundation.

The evening also featured our own entertainment, showcasing the huge range of talents within the organisation, in the shape of acapella quartet Coast, brass outfit Bon Accord Silver Quintet, and torch singer extraordinaire Teresa Waugh.

HEART Awards 2018

Integration Joint Board chairman Jonathan Passmore told those gathered in the Ballroom: “Tonight I want to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of all our staff – wherever you work and no matter in what field, whether you are frontline practitioners or members of the support teams behind the scenes without whom this organisation could not function.

“This evening is our opportunity as an IJB and as Partnership leaders to throw the spotlight on just a few of our high-achieving individuals and showcase what you are doing.

“Choosing our winners – selecting the exceptional from such a talented and dedicated crop of nominees – has been very hard. It was both a thought-provoking and a humbling process.

“We pored over each and every one of the very many nominations which came in. We studied them hard. And we spent a great deal of time and energy trying to make sure we came to fair and balanced and consensual decisions as a judging panel. We feel that the individuals and teams that we finally selected are worthy winners, and deserving of their recognition.”

Partnership Chief Officer Judith Proctor told colleagues: “The fact that we had so many nominations this year just goes to show the depth and breadth of the skills we possess in our #TeamAberdeen.

“And it also demonstrates to all of you who were nominated that your colleagues are seeing your great work, your professionalism and your enthusiasm, day in day out. It proves that the people who work in our Partnership know that they have great colleagues working alongside them.

“So I want to pay tribute to the wonderful work which all of our colleagues do, and which often goes unsung. For every ‘official’ winner’ this evening, there are hundreds of ‘unofficial winners’, right across our organisation – who turn up to work, every day, often working unsocial hours, who make the people of Aberdeen the real ‘winners’, with the sheer quality and professionalism of the services you provide for them.”

For a full list of nominees, finalists and pictures of the HEART awards, please see the HEART Partnership Matters 2018 below.

HEART Award Winners

Hearing Others: The Communication and Inclusion Award Winner: Balnagask Supported Living Learning Disability Service
The Empowering People Award Winner : North East Sensory Services Team
Aberdeen’s Choice – The Community’s Award Winner: Alcohol and Drugs Action
The Rising Star Award Winner : Kenny O'Brien
#TeamAberdeen: The Integrated Working Award Winner : The EPIC Group
The Beating Heart Award Winner : Marywell Homeless Practice
Our Pick: The Staff Choice Award Winner : Hazel McAllan and Christina Geddes