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Second Lammy Awards celebrate local health and care heroes

NHS staff, council workers, volunteers and carers who have made outstanding contributions to health and social care in Lambeth had their chance to shine at the second annual Lammy Awards.

Hosted and organised by NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Lammy Awards honours individuals and teams nominated by the public in eight categories.

Liz Hanlon won Unpaid Carer of the Year Award, in recognition for a lifetime caring for her son who has Down's syndrome. She manages his health and wellbeing, coordinates his carers and looks after his personal budget. She also cared for her dying stepfather, and her own father after he had a major operation.

On top of this she devotes countless hours to other carers and to services for people with disabilities in the borough. She is the co-chair and founding member of the Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly and a volunteer in the HealthWatch Lambeth and Lambeth Mencap project, 'Right for Everyone'.

The Going the Extra Mile Award went to Jenni Rodgers and David Del'Nero, who chair Patient Participation Groups – Jenni at Streatham Common Practice and David at Dr Masterton and Partners. They are passionate about helping the practices to encourage patients to look after their health and have organised many health promotion events.

Together they worked hard to secure £25,000 from the CCG to put widescreen TVs into Lambeth practices, providing easily visible information and health related films to people waiting for their appointments.

Jenni said: "The aim was to help patients to take more responsibility for their own health and be better informed on how to do so. David and I contacted the CCG and put forward our idea with a business plan to run a TV screen pilot in Streatham.  But they loved the idea so much that they decided to roll it out over the whole of Lambeth, paid for out of their 2015 Innovative Fund."

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth CCG, said: "It has been wonderful to celebrate the work people in our borough do to support 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. The winners and nominees in each category show that there is a wealth of best practice, innovation and kindness on our doorstep which we should all be proud about."

 The event took place during the CCG's Annual General Meeting at the Kia Oval on Wednesday 7 September. Winners and guests enjoyed singing from the Certitude Community Choir, whose members include people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The event was rounded off with a celebration cake.

Presenters of the awards included Cllr Saleha Jaffer, Mayor of Lambeth; Dr Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners; Andrew Eyres, Chief Officer, Lambeth CCG; and Jacqui Dyer, Vice Chair of the Mental Health Taskforce for England.

Full list of winners and shortlisted nominees:

Innovation in Lambeth

Winner: Sexual Health 24 (SH:24)

SH:24 is an online sexual health service which works in partnership with local sexual health clinics. Since its launch it has processed over 20,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections. It uses live web chat and texts to help deliver its services.


  • Home Hamper Scheme - King's College Hospital​
  • Psychology in Hostels Project - Dr Emma Williamson, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Thames Reach


Putting Patients First Award

Winner: Mike Lee (Lambeth Rapid Response Team, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)

Mike is a physiotherapist with the Lambeth Supported Discharge and Rapid Response Team. Mike and his team, worked with care, kindness and humour to get an 81 year old man on his feet and using public transport after being bed-bound following a five-week hospital stay. He is committed to rebuilding patients' confidence and capability to live independently and safely.


  • Amy Hall, nurse practitioner - Three Boroughs Homeless Team
  • Pulross Intermediate Care Centre and the Lambeth Supported Discharge Team


Going the Extra Mile

Winner: Jenni Rodgers and David Del'Nero

Winner: Claire Campbell, Patient Services Officer, Minet Green Practice

Earlier this year Claire retired from full time work at the practice after 25 years' service. Her legacy is the calm, confident and effective atmosphere at the Minet Green reception. She excels in dealing with challenging patients. She was praised for keeping up staff morale following the sudden death of one of the practice's GPs, Dr Nigel Konzon, in 2013.


Unpaid Carer of the Year

Winner: Liz Hanlon


  • Pamela Merillees
  • Irene Albrecht


Working Together Award

Winner: HealthWatch Lambeth

They reach out to health and social care providers, commissioners and into communities, forging partnership that are focused on real issues for the health and care system and for patients. The CCG actively uses information from HealthWatch to help develop better integrated services for people in Lambeth.


  • Health Inclusion Team, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lambeth Walk Day Service and Adults with Learning Disabilities Health Care Team
  • Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA)
  • The Evening Sanctuary, based at the Mosaic Club House
  • Neuro-rehabilitation Enhanced Transition Team (NETT) and Neuro Navigators


Outstanding Contribution to Primary Care

Winner: Dr Vikesh Sharma, GP at Grantham Practice

Dr Sharma led a community engagement project to improve and overcome health inequalities for the Portuguese-speaking population in Lambeth. The project included health education sessions at the Portuguese-Speaking Community Centre and a collaboration with Lambeth schools to engage children with primary care services.


  • Cllr Robert Hill, Carers Advice, Support and Development Worker
  • Dr Jimmy Wickremesinghe, GP at Grantham Practice


Best Use of Patient Experience

Winner: The Aurora Project Lambeth

This project works closely with an addictions research team at King's College London, ensuring there is integrated and strong service user involvement in this work. The Aurora Project is an exemplary model of how organisations can bridge the gap between service users' voices and the changes made to their care.


  • Community Rehabilitation and Falls Service, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Kindness Award

Winner: Marcia Speed

A nursing assistant, Marcia, gained the trust of a vulnerable man who visited his mother, a resident at Minnie Kidd House, every day from 2014 until she died this year following a massive stroke. The man was unkempt and in need of a shower, clean clothes and proper food. Marcia discretely regularly arranged this for him always mindful of his dignity and his privacy. He felt comfortable and grateful for the support.


  • Yvonne Kenne
  • Neville De'Souza
  • Linda Shepherd


Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Dr Elizabeth Williams

Under her leadership the Clapham Park Group practice has grown from a few thousand patients to over 16,500. Over 25 years she has built a practice culture of patient-focused, compassionate care and ensuring good work-life balance for the whole team. Her many successes include the development of IT in the practice and a system for home visits for elderly and frail patients. Dr Williams plans to retire next year.


  • Valerie Dinsmore, Head of Policy, Research and Customer Relations at Lambeth Council
  • Amanda Millard, General Manager at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Vishnu Sooboodoo, recently retired Manager at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust