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From left; Jackie Ballard, NHS Lambeth CCG; Heather Lawrence, Chair, London Ambulance Service; Lucy Canning, Associate Director of Strategy and Commercial, South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Richard Welch, Borough Commander, London Fire Brigade (Lambeth);Becky Riggs, Deputy Borough Commander, Metropolitan Police; Sarah Wilding, Director of Nursing, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director, London Borough of Lambeth; Andrew Eyers, NHS Lambeth CCG.

Celebrating Lambeth's extraordinary health, care and public services staff who have gone the extra mile


For the third year, NHS staff, council and public service workers, volunteers and carers who have made outstanding contributions to health and social care in Lambeth were celebrated at the Lammy Awards.

Introduced by NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2015, the Lammy Awards honours individuals and teams nominated by the public in nine categories.

A theme that ran through the awards was recognition of the contribution of unpaid carers. This included the volunteers at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who were recognised with the Kindness award for their contributions following the London Terror attacks and Grenfell Tower fire.

Michelle Millar was recognised with the Unpaid Carer of the Year Award. Michelle has been a full time carer for her mother for 25 years and also finds time to provide care for three other elderly people. Michelle's contribution to her local community enables them to maintain their independence, live in their own homes and having social interaction they may otherwise not have. 

In the Going the Extra Mile category, Margaret Wise was recognised for her support for many people in her area as an unpaid carer, carrying out shopping, and visiting people in hospital when they have no-one else and collecting their prescriptions.

The Carers4Carers organisation was recognised for their support for many unpaid carers in Lambeth.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth CCG, said: "We are truly privileged to have so many wonderful people who work in our borough supporting health and social care. Their efforts are fantastic whether they are going the extra mile in their jobs or giving of their valuable spare time. As we all know carers across the borough day in day out silently support health and social care services and I am pleased we have been able to recognise some of those vital people today. All the winners and those nominated demonstrate the tremendous kindness, innovation and extraordinary professionalism in Lambeth which should fill us all with pride."

The event took place during the CCG's Annual General Meeting at the Kia Oval on Wednesday 6 September. The Certitude Community Choir, whose members include people with learning disabilities and mental health needs sang to 170 guests and winners.

This year, special recognition was paid to the selfless contribution of staff from across local public services who were involved in helping people affected by the recent events at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Grenfell Tower. Lammy Awards were presented to local representatives of the ambulance service, hospital and mental health, fire service, the police and council teams to take back to their organisations to say thank you to their staff on the CCGs behalf. Heather Lawrence, Chair the London Ambulance Service spoke on behalf of all the organisations.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth CCG, said:

"The impact of caring for people in these circumstances will stay with staff long after the events have ended. The courage and commitment shown in caring for patients and for each other has been exceptional.

"Everyone paused to remember and to send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Kirsty Boden, Senior Staff Nurse in Theatres Recovery at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust who lost her life during the London Bridge attack and PC Keith Palmer who died at the Westminster attack."   

The full list of winners and shortlisted nominations 

1.    Putting Patients First

Winner: Joanna Taylor

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Joanna received six separate nominations for being described as always putting patients first, especially during the early period of cancer diagnosis.

Joanna developed and implemented a 'one stop' clinic for cancer patients.  Through her influence and hard work Joanna brought five different teams together from across the hospital to work together around the patent when they attend hospital appointments. Patients now leave the hospital with a clear personal treatment plan - this makes best use of clinical time and reduces stress and anxiety.

One colleague said, 'living and surviving with cancer is much easier when you have someone like Joanna every step of the way!'

Shortlisted:

Joanna Brown, Children's Continuing Care Nurse, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

HIV Specialist Community Nursing Team, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


2.    Kindness Award

Winner: Volunteers at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  

The Kings volunteers were on hand to help with the London Terror attacks and Grenfell Tower fire. We are incredibly proud of the volunteers who have provided support during the recent incidents. They have gone above and beyond their normal role and made such an impact on the patients and their families through their dedication, kindness and compassion.

Shortlisted:

Connie Brockwell, Healthcare Assistant, Deerbrook Surgery

Dawn Goddard, Senior Practice Nurse, The Exchange Practice


3.    Innovation in Lambeth

Winner: Patrick Roberts

Patrick from South East London Vision is making a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people in Lambeth by piloting technology training courses at job centre plus. Patrick is taking a leading role by working in partnership with Job Centre Plus Streatham and Streatham Tate Library.  Together they have come up with a ground-breaking scheme to support and prepare visually impaired people of Lambeth for work.

Shortlisted:

Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust @home Alternative Care Pathway partnership working between @home and the LAS

Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust Transplant Surgery Team who set up the first UK Robotic Kidney Transplant programme


4.    The Working Together – Adults Services

Winner: Lambeth Living Well Network Hub

As the ' front door' to mental health services, the Hub has played a significant role in bringing culture change to how mental health services are delivered, how teams work together and tackling people's problems much earlier... preventative, person-centred care in a primary care setting.

Shortlisted:

The Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Community Stroke Team

The Speech and Language Therapists in the Neuro Conditions team at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


5.    Working together Award – children's services

Winner: Lambeth Young Carers

Josh Stokes and Alice Dias transformed Young Carers Lambeth from a struggling project into a vibrant and organised initiative. Through their activities, workshops and outreach they are working with children who can often be hard to engage.

The positive impact they offer these children and young adults is invaluable due to their commitment and sensitivity they have to their client group. They have actively worked with social services, schools, sports centres, and other voluntary and primary sector organisations.

Shortlisted:

The Well Centre, providing a safe and confidential place for young people to access health service

Paediatric Phlebotomy Team, part of Evelina London Children's Hospital


6.    Outstanding contribution to Primary Care

Winner: Dr Azeem Majeed

Dr Majeed joined Dr Curran and Partners in October 1999. Dr. Majeed is also Professor of Primary Care and Head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London.

Dr. Majeed has made a huge contribution to primary care research knowledge as well as provide high quality kind care to his patients

Dr Majeed was recognised last week in Pulse magazine as the 37th most influential person in Primary Care.

Shortlisted:

Dr Mark Chamley, GP Partner, Crown Dale Medical Centre

Dr Tarek Radwan, GP, Streatham High Surgery


7.    Lifetime Achievement

Winner: John Balazs

John is a local GP in Stockwell – he has lived and worked in the area for 25 years and is passionate about ensuring that patients received high quality compassionate care. Throughout his career John has championed end of life care, working hard to ensure that patients can have a good death in the most appropriate setting.

John was instrumental in setting up and ensuring the success of Datanet, which ensures that patients data can be appropriately used to shape, redesign and improve patient care.

John is the CCG clinical commissioning lead for Guys and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, leading discussions with Trust colleagues on the development of quality services within the hospital setting.

Shortlisted:

Alison Lashwood, Consultant Genetic Counsellor.  

Dr Esmail Harunani, DentistryForYou


8.    Going the Extra Mile Award

The Going the Extra Mile Award was set up to recognise the extraordinary contribution made by individuals and groups who go over and beyond the criteria for the awards and have often been nominated in more than one award category.

Winner: Margaret Wise

Margaret worked for the Tulse Hill GP practice and on her retirement went to work at Deerbrook surgery as a secretary.  After leaving Tulse Hill she returned and continued to help in an unpaid capacity whenever the secretary was on leave.

Despite being a senior member of our community Margaret has an amazing energy and helps anyone that needs it. She has helped so many people in the area by being an unpaid carer, carrying out shopping, and visiting people in hospital when they have no-one else and collecting their prescriptions.

Winner: Carers4carers

People have many wonderful things to say about Paula and Bobbie and carers4carers. Paula has been described as always putting people before herself. Paula has worked very hard to provide a valuable service to carers ensuring that clients' wellbeing is put first. Paula provides a service where carers feel welcome and appreciated and realise their value in society. The support and kindness given is described as amazing. There isn't another project like this one which truly supports people that do the job of caring for others day in, day out. 


9.    Unpaid Carer of the Year

Winner: Michelle Millar

Michelle is a patient of at the Binfield Road surgery and has been a full time carer for her mother for 25 years.

Michelle also finds time to provide care for an elderly man in her building - she shops, cleans, collects prescriptions, fills in forms and does his gardening. 

Michelle also looks after two other local elderly women - taking one to Moorfields hospital regularly for her appointments, and doing her shopping; the other she shops for, collects prescriptions and takes her to church each week.

Michelle's unpaid contribution to her local community enables all of these people to maintain their independence, living in their own homes and having social interaction they may otherwise not have. 

Shortlisted:

Lisa Phillips

Lorraine Thomas


Representatives of the services that collected awards on behalf of their organisations that support people following the Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Grenfell Tower incidents on behalf of their organisation were: 

  • Richard Welch, Borough Commander representing the London Fire Brigade (Lambeth)
  • Becky Riggs, Deputy Borough Commander representing the Metropolitan Police (Lambeth)                             
  • Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director representing the London Borough of Lambeth
  • Lucy Canning, Associate Director of Strategy and Commercial representing South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Wilding, Director of Nursing representing Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and
  • Heather Lawrence, Chair representing the London Ambulance Service