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The Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG AGM was held on 27 September 2018. It’s a chance to reflect on the past year and share our plans for the year ahead. Our AGM is open for patients and the public to attend and is a fantastic opportunity to meet the leaders and celebrate some of our local health and care heroes.

Our Healthcare Heroes are people who make a real difference to our local health and care system. Find out more about our 2018 heroes below:

Patient Experience Hero

This award is given to an individual or team that has made significant improvement to patient experience.

The winner of this award has been working in her practice for several years, in a variety of roles.

She is committed to making a difference to the health of patients, and ‘goes the extra mile’ every time she sees a patient. As a result of her work, the practice has developed valuable voluntary and community sector partnerships which have been enormously beneficial for patients. 

Practice Volunteering Hero

This category recognises the impact of active volunteers in GP practice, creating positive relationships with practice teams and encouraging the wider community to get involved.

This award was given to two people who made a real difference to their local practice, since joining the patient participation group in 2016.

Both are extremely enthusiastic, active members and get involved with a wide range of activities, from self-care events to surveys.

Young Hero

The Young Hero award highlights the positive impact that children and young people make when they volunteer, get involved, or speak out.

Our award winner was a young woman who lives in Keighley and helped the CCG understand the views and experiences of young people about mental health.

In 2017 she took part in the self-care everywhere event, delivering a workshop about unlocking power and being confident. In 2018, with a wider group of young people, she developed a fantastic proposal to address bullying and the impact on mental wellbeing. She has shown great leadership, initiative, and knowledge. 

Partnership Hero

This award was looking for people who see our health and care system as a whole and build relationships across communities, organisations and sectors.

The shortlist:

Craven Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Group was nominated for working in partnership to improve early intervention and prevention for young people’s emotional wellbeing. One example of work is an emotional wellbeing guide which aims to deliver an effective “no wrong door” approach.

Roshni Ghar, a charity working on mental wellbeing for South Asian women, was nominated for its pro-active partnership work to raise awareness of the needs of BME women in Airedale and Craven. They offer bespoke interventions but more importantly have shaped how mainstream services can adapt to the needs of BME women.

AWC Falls Prevention Network is a multi-agency network nominated for its work to improve the way falls are prevented across the patch. They organise awareness and training events to promote falls prevention and have seen a measurable impact from their work.

Community Partnerships Hero

This award was for those involved in the development of the 3 Communities/ 1 system, to celebrate collaboration that focuses on the needs of our local population and provide care closer to patients’ homes.

The shortlist:

Caroline Rayment is one of GP leads for the Wharfedale community group. She has been particularly passionate about mental health in schools, making new links and building relationships. She led the Well Wharfedale open space event which was attended by over 100 people.

Trudy Balderson is the Head of Community Services at Airedale Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was nominated for driving the progress of the Craven Community Group. Trudy uses her passion and values to drive integration at a community level and has developed a new way of working which has tested the group but created a real focus and energy.

Steve Gascoyne from Bradford District Care Foundation Trust was nominated as a key contributor to the 3 Communities/ 1 system. Steve is always willing to take a lead on work-streams; and task and finish groups which he does with passion and drive.

Above and Beyond Hero

This category celebrates the member of staff, volunteers or teams that go beyond the call of duty to deliver an ‘outstanding’ service for colleagues, providers or patients.

John Asher was nominated along with the wider ‘Castleberg the Future’ group. John has been an active voice from the community during the consultation about the future of community care in Craven.

Dr Nick Bird, GP at Holycroft Health Centre, was nominated by the family of one of his patients for providing outstanding and compassionate end of life care. This very touching nomination highlighted how Dr Bird supported his patient and the whole family during a very difficult and frightening time.

Roshni Ghar was also nominated in this category, for their flexible approach to delivering support for women’s mental wellbeing. They were nominated not only because of the outcomes they deliver but because of the way they do it, going above and beyond to make a difference to people’s lives.

The ACE 2 Cancer Team was nominated for their work developing new pathways and clinics for people with vague but concerning symptoms of cancer. Feedback from patients has been very positive and the clinics are now nationally recognised and a flagship for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance.

The Accountable Care Airedale Team was nominated collectively for their great team spirit. Despite numerous competing priorities they continue to make significant progress in the work of the CCG, including self-care, planned care and QIPP.

Nominations for the 2019 Healthcare Heroes usually open in summer. Look out for information on our news and events pages for details of how you can nominate somebody who you think has made a difference.

Details of the 2019 AGM, including information on how to book, are usually released in September on our events page.