The Trust won two awards during a day devoted to celebrating excellence and innovation in health and care in Hull and the East Riding.  The Social Mediation and Self-Help team (SMASH) led the way by picking up a special recognition award on Thursday (20 Oct) during the 2017 Hull and East Riding Health Expo. Humber Recovery College then scooped the second accolade less than five hours later by winning the Mental Health and Wellbeing category at the 2017 Hull Daily Mail Health and Care Awards.

“To win one award is amazing, but to pick up two on the same day just hours apart is incredible,” said a spokesman for the Trust.

“We congratulate SMASH and the Recovery College for winning honors which are a fitting tribute to their hard work, commitment and dedication. They have achieved outstanding results and thoroughly deserve their success.”

Camille Edmonds, Recovery College and Positive Assets Service Manager, flanked by Practitioner Lauren Saunders and Senior Administrator and Practitioner Acho Elendu, collected the College's winner's plaque and certificate at the 2017 Hull Daily Mail Health and Care Awards.

The team won after fending off stiff competition from two nominees, one of which was the Trust’s Department of Psychological Medicine.

Completing a golden day for the Trust, Associate Medical Director Dr Stella Morris was nominated for the Lifetime Contribution Award and Volunteer Driver Stephen Christian contested the Volunteer of the Year accolade.

Winners were also announced in the following categories: Young Carer of the Year; Outstanding Health Professional of the Year; Health Partnership of the Year; Care Home of the Year; Innovation in Health and Social Care; Unsung Health Hero; Carer of the Year; and Health Improvement


Michael received three nominations from colleagues in the Recovery College and Voluntary Services.

He is nominated for being a great example of someone who has overcome their own health challenges in order to help and support others who are facing similar experiences. Michael is a volunteer who has set up a computer club at Westlands to help women develop their IT skills. He has also been a regular volunteer driver for people with dementia

He has designed, created, produced and facilitated a course at our Recovery College for anybody interested in developing tech skills, whether they are beginners or have an intermediate or advanced knowledge. The Recovery College students love him and always say what a lovely guy he is, and that he's an inspiration to them.

Even through past and current adversity, he keeps moving forward and challenging himself to do better and better and help more and more people.

Those who’ve nominated Michael describe him as warm, caring, inspiring, kind, humble, generous and an all-round brilliant human being