Public Choice Awards 2018/19
Outstanding Care and Compassion Award: Adult

Howard Tidman

Is the winner of this award

Job title
Senior Practitioner 
Acute Services, Northgate Hospital 
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk 

The nomination said...

Our son was diagnosed with schizophrenia four years ago. My husband and I cared for him initially and were given support from Howard.

Howard is brilliant and has made such a lot of difference to us. He gives us advice when we are not quite sure how to handle situations at the unit where my son is now living, and he always takes an interest in us and asks how we are doing and if we’ve had a good week. He makes sure we are looking after ourselves and is very understanding and helpful. He helps to reassure us so that we are not worrying about our son.

He is now much improved and is going to college and doing a City and Guilds. He has been a lot better since we got him into the unit – if it wasn’t for Howard he wouldn’t be there in the first place.

We also go to Howard’s carers meetings and they are excellent. It helps to hear from other people who are going through the same situation, and we try and offer them some of the advice we have been given over the years. We all help each other and it’s a nice little meeting.

Howard is very understanding, helpful and caring. When problems arise, he will explain how to sort them out. He goes above and beyond and really deserves an award. We have no complaints whatsoever – we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

Nominated by: A carer