National Service User Awards 2016

On Wednesday 27th April 2016 Silverstone race course played host to the 2016 National Service User Awards, sponsored by Cygnet Health Care. Over 150 service users and staff from NHS and independent sector services joined together from all over the country to celebrate the achievements of service users in mental health services.


The judging for the 2016 Awards was undertaken by our Judging Panel supported by our team of Service User Judges. We had five finalists in each of our five main nomination categories. This year also saw the return of the live vote for the Service User Choice Award; all service users in the room were invited to vote for their favourite runner up in each category, all of which then went head to head in the live final.


Throughout the day, we were entertained with some fantastic musical performances from service users from St Andrews Birmingham, Cygnet Hospital Bierley, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and an ex-service user. The performances included some very moving original material, uplifting songs about recovery and some personal takes on beautiful classics.


Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all who attended for helping make it such a special day. And an extra special huge thank you to the Service User Events Team for planning such a successful event and our comperes who hosted the day in style!

The full list of 2016 National Service User Award Winners are as follows:

Community, Social and Vocational Initiative

Soapy Suds Car and Valeting Services Guild Lodge, Champion Business Steering Group, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Breaking Down Barriers

“The Voice” Peer Support Group, Springfield Hospital, Southwest London & St George’s

Recovery and the Arts

‘Hope – The Little Hoot Trail’ Community Art Project, St Andrews Healthcare Birmingham

Health and Wellbeing

Dr Feelwell Mersey Care Ashworth Hospital, Ashworth Hospital, Merseycare NHS Trust

Outstanding Service user Achievement Award

All About Me – Deaf Recovery Package, Deaf Recovery Package CQUIN Project Group, National Deaf Services

Service User Choice Award

The Big Blue Music Festival, Cygnet Hospital Bierley, Cygnet Health Care

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