Care professional of the year award winner: Joanne Mackinnon

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Jo Mackinnon is proud and happy to be a ‘voluntary sector professional’. It’s been her forte since reading for a social science degree at Coventry Polytechnic. On graduation she volunteered for a local homeless charity before getting jobs with several homeless schemes, working with ex-offenders and young people. She then joined Orbit Housing as a project worker, became a manager and achieved a master’s degree in housing studies.
By this point she had started to specialise in substance misuse and recovery, and felt strongly that “I’d found my client group”.

CREST (Community Rehabilitation Enablement and Support Team), Solihull Council: Care Team of the Year (joint winner)

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When someone suddenly loses the ability to do things they enjoy or carry out everyday tasks they’ve always taken for granted, their confidence can take a real knock that may be as damaging as their physical condition.

Enhanced care team: Dementia Friendly Award

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Some patients admitted to hospital for medical reasons need personal support to cope with being in a strange and clinical environment.

Dr Reema Swarna: Health Professional of the Year

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Dr Reema Swarna is passionate about ‘getting it right’ for people with dementia. Under her leadership, the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Memory Assessment Service (MAS) is constantly trying to expand the support available for them, and their families, to live well with dementia.

Gro-Organic CIC: Outstanding project in the community

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Like many brilliant ideas, Gro-Organic really began by accident. A keen gardener since she first helped her grandad with his tomatoes at the age of three, Sarah Gill was spending a Saturday working to create a raised bed at a friend’s home on the Chelmsley Wood estate, when what they were doing started to attract the neighbours’ attention.

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