A UTTOXETER accountant who dedicates his time to supporting services helping those with mental health issues has been officially named an unsung hero.
Jonathan Platt has been named at the Unsung Hero of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust staff awards for his work with the organisation.
Mr Platt, who lived on the Birdland estate, dedicates his time to supporting the teams which provide mental health inpatient services to Ministry of Defence personnel.
He also supports a newly developed service which offers psychological support to local emergency service personnel.
Mr Platt joined the trust back in 1997 after he graduated from Staffordshire University.
As well as his financial expertise, the trust said that the accountant also demonstrates a ‘real care and compassion’ for those people who use the services.
The Positively Different Awards are designed to recognise exceptional contributions to service by individuals and teams, made by clinical and non clinical staff.
More than 100 nominations were received for the nine awards categories and judges had a difficult task of looking through all the candidates to select the overall winners.
The trust said the event is also an important opportunity for sharing good practice and helping staff to understand their role in the wider service.
Neil Carr, the trust’s chief executive, congratulated Mr Platt on winning the Unsung Hero award.
He said “This ceremony offers an opportunity to demonstrate the value we put on our staff.
“Jonathan is a worthy winner, having demonstrated a real commitment and dedication to making a real difference.”
South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare provides mental health, learning disability and specialist children’s services in the areas.
It also provides those in need with psychological therapies, drug and alcohol services to people in prisons and care for serving and veteran Ministry of Defence personnel from all across the country.