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Modest Anne-Marie shares the praise

The woman in charge of NHS care teams in Horsham, Mid Sussex and Crawley praised her fellow workers as she picked an NHS award for her dedication.

Anne-Marie Whent, proactive care teams operational lead, from Sussex Community NHS Trust, won the ‘Working Together’ category, recognising those who have forged strong and effective partnerships that make a difference.

Anne-Marie said: “It’s for the team, they work so hard. They listen to what each patient wants, making their care personal and meaningful to them, linking them to groups that are beneficial to get the right care in the right place at the right time.”

She was one of the winners when Crawley and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups hosted the annual general meeting and Star Awards. They celebrate the achievements of staff, volunteers, members and partners who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“Our Proactive care teams have been awarded nationally for their work to help people self-manage their health conditions at home, with the right expertise placed around the patient, reducing the need for hospital admission. It’s great that the teams’ manager was recognised at our awards.”

Richard Leman who earned 228 caps for England and Great Britain in hockey, winning gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and bronze at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, presented the awards. Winners were:

Above and beyond: Joint winners Diane Pierce, The Brow GP practice, Burgess Hill and Gordon Robson, member of NHS Crawley CCG Commissioning Patient Reference Group.

Working together Anne-Marie Whent, Sussex Community Trust Operation Lead, Proactive Care.

Health and Wellbeing Champion (sponsored by Jem Trophies) : Children and Young People’s Pathfinder Project Team (West Sussex County Council youth service; YMCA; Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Kooth)

Putting patients at the heart (sponsored by Treetop Design and Practice Leacroft Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Making a difference (sponsored by Crowne Plaza London-Gatwick Airport: Communications and Engagement team (both groups)

Living our values: Alison Hempstead, Head of Planning and Governance for both groups.

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