Welcome to our Summer issue of Partnership People and to a celebration of those staff and volunteers whose unwavering dedication and commitment helps us to be the best that we can, every day.


This year our STARS Awards were our biggest yet, with over 160 nominations for individual staff members, teams and volunteers being submitted. Our judging panel had a real task on their hands to select the winners and you can find out more in our features section.

We are also celebrating the retirement of four staff who have each served over 40 years in the NHS, which I am sure you will agree is a remarkable achievement. We have some national heroes amongst our staff too and our feature article introduces you to the work of our consultant nurse Phil Boulter who is leading national reform in care for people with learning disabilities.

Our volunteers are invaluable in helping us to see where we can make positive changes to people’s lives both through our formal route of the Council of Governors and more informally within local teams. The Positive Experience story in our news highlights is a great example of just that.

I hope you enjoy joining us in these celebrations, and reading our other articles too!

Stephanie Forster
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications