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Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) celebrated two-fold at Hull’s Health and Care Awards 2019. Not only did Emma Latimer, Chief Officer, Hull CCG, present the Lifetime Contribution Award, but one member of staff also walked away with an award firmly in his grasp!

The ceremony, which awarded 11 winners throughout the night, celebrates people who are usually rushed off their feet and concentrate on helping others.

John Mitchell, Associate Director of IT, Humber CCGs beat out tough competition to win the Innovation in Health and Social Care Award for his work on pioneering new technology which allows healthcare professionals to share data about patients without it getting lost. John works across all four CCGs in the Humber region and was awarded for delivering a system that is one of the first of its kind in the country.

Talking about the new system, Project Integration Piece, he said: “This gives us a great platform to go on and it is a really exciting time when it comes to digital health in Yorkshire and the Humber.”

John was presented with the award, sponsored by Citycare, at the event at the Mercure in Willerby.

Emma Latimer also presented the Lifetime Contribution Award to Dave and Jenny Hawksworth who work with Hull City Council’s Shared Lives scheme and have spent more than 30 years caring for young adults.

Emma said: “These people have spent more than half of their lives dedicated to making sure vulnerable adults have a home and a family. Not only do they share their lives and love with them, but also provide advice and support in every aspect, and I must say they do a brilliant and commendable job.”

Dave and Jenny welcomed Daniel into their home when he was 22-months-old. Daniel has a learning disability and a range of complex health needs, which require 24 hour care and support.

The couple became approved Shared Lives Carers nearly 15 years ago when Daniel turned 18 and clearly needed ongoing care.

Emma continued: “Daniel himself, is now 33, and had gone on to help the Shared Lives scheme by sitting on a panel looking at prospective carers, adding expertise from his own positive experience with this couple, who are two of the longest servicing carers within the council.

“The couple now also provide a home for Mark and Kevin and they say they feel like they now have three sons, although they do so much more than just be parents to Daniel, Mark and Kevin.

“They have not just opened their homes to them, but also their hearts. They are true inspirations.”

The full list of winners are; Thriving Not Just Surviving Project, Dr. Abayomi Salawu, Neonatal Team at Hull Women’s and Children’s Centre, Elm Tree Court Care Home, John Mitchell, The Stephen Hughes Foundation, Darrilyn Cresswell, John Drury, HEY Mind Whole School Approach, Gilly Macleod and Dave and Jenny Hawksworth.

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