WINNER: Jana Ducarova

Staff Choice Awards

Emerging Talent Award (Clinical)

This is one of two awards for individuals who are at the beginning of their careers in the NHS who have shown a clear commitment to developing a career in our Trust / mental health. They will already have demonstrated significant achievement, which is having a positive effect for service users and their colleagues.

These two individuals will have demonstrated exceptional levels of initiative, skill and commitment in their roles and have made a positive impact within their teams. They will already be demonstrating, at this early stage, a commitment to work to the best of their abilities. They show an appetite and passion for learning and could be an inspiring role model in the years ahead. These individuals are an asset to the organisation and ‘stars in the making’.

There are two awards in this category: one for a staff member in a clinical role, the other in a non-clinical role.

The judging panel are looking for all or some of the key points highlighted in the Trust value most closely linked to this award and the specific criteria attached to this award, outlined below:


The Trust value most relevant to this award is Positively

These two individuals take pride in their work, are always proactive and seek solutions to barriers. They take responsibility, support people to set and achieve goals and recognise others for their achievements.


  • Goes above and beyond and delivers results beyond expectations
  • Has made great progress with their own professional learning and development and takes pride in their work
  • Makes a significant impact in their own service/department or in working with others
  • Demonstrates initiative and/or self-motivation in performing their role, always looking for solutions
  • Has an energetic approach to their role, wanting to be the best that they can be

  • Winner: Jana Ducarova

    Jana Ducarova is a confident, capable and diligent colleague and an emerging talent in secure services.

    She works on an acute medium secure unit, working with individuals who are at their most distressed. It is not uncommon for our citizens to be very resistant to treatment, have multiple ...

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  • Finalist: Lucy Bellotti

    Lucy is an excellent clinician with a clear desire to provide the best possible service to those in her care. Since she qualified as a nurse and joined the Child and Family Team she has shown an excellent ability to engage young people and their families.

    In addition to this, she has sough...

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  • Finalist: Peter Cropley

    Pete started his career within Wellbeing as a peer support worker, and has gone on to become a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for the South Wellbeing team.

    Pete has consistently provided high quality and sensitive care to all service users that he has had contact with, and we...

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  • Marie Cameron

    Marie joined the HTT earlier this year. From the start she has been enthusiastic, keen to develop her skills, respectful of colleagues’ experiences and, above all, has formed therapeutic relationships with service users that have positively impacted on their lives.

    The team has received ...

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  • Fran Niall

    Fran has been a true marvel since she started working with our team almost two years ago. By her own admission she had a lot to learn, but her potential has been clear from the start.

    She has consistently and successfully engaged in her work with fervour and has shown that she has a tremen...

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  • Helen Nicolls

    Helen joined us in December 2017 as Assistant Psychologist on Churchill Ward – her first job on the ladder towards training as a Clinical Psychologist. She has really grown in this role. In her calm and gentle way, she has brought daily mindfulness exercises to service users, and led the staff ...

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  • Megan Taylor

    Megan has been with our team for just about year a now. She welcomed all of the training and experiences she could get and was quickly able to reach 100% in her compliance and mandatory and statutory training.

    Megan has displayed the same enthusiasm in her day-to-day work on the ward. She ...

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Lucy Bellotti – Mental Health Nurse | Child and Family Team, Mary Chapman House, Central Norfolk

Lucy has a positive and service user focused approach in everything that she does. She has impressive interpersonal skills and is an excellent clinician with a clear desire to provide the best possible service.

Marie Cameron – Staff Nurse | Home Treatment Team, Woodlands, Ipswich

Marie is enthusiastic, keen to develop her skills, respectful of colleague’s experiences and, above all, has formed therapeutic relationships with service users that have positively impacted on their lives. She has also made a difference to the morale of the team.

Peter Cropley – Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner | Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney (South)

Pete is approachable, kind, empathic and passionate about what he does. He provides excellent levels of care, and his attention to detail ensures that he is responsive. Pete is a shining example of professionalism, confidence, capability and resilience.

Jana Ducarova – Staff Nurse | Norvic Secure Services, Norwich

Jana is a confident, capable and diligent colleague who makes the care of her service users her first concern. She provides excellent clinical information to maintain continuity of care and is always ready for a new challenge. She is a credit to her profession and an excellent role model.

Fran Niall – Health Care Assistant | Abbeygate Ward, Wedgewood House, Bury St Edmunds

Fran somehow manages to turn every experience into a positive one through her approach, her empathy, her desire to keep getting better and, above all, her commitment to improving the lives of the patients we work with. She is truly inspirational.

Helen Nicolls – Assistant Psychologist | Churchill Ward, Fermoy Unit, King’s Lynn

Helen always has a ready smile, builds up good relationships with service users, is valued by her colleagues, and enthusiastically takes on board guidance and advice. In a gentle and understated way, she can produce an outstanding piece of intelligent but practical work.

Megan Taylor – Health Care Assistant | Abbeygate Ward, Wedgewood House, Bury St Edmunds

Megan has a positive outlook and is keen to learn. She understands how small actions can make big differences to patients. Megan has also shown herself to be excellent in her interactions with patients and their families and has a natural ability to apply these skills.

Andrew Wiggins – Assistant Practitioner | Bury South Adult Team

Andrew has shown motivation, innovation and resilience throughout his journey over the past few years. He has a strong passion for the NHS and holds his work in high regard, always looking to provide the best care toward service users and carers.

Sophie Watson – Assistant Practitioner | Glaven Ward, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich

From the moment Sophie started, her enthusiasm and positive attitude have shone through and captured the hearts and minds of those around her. She is brimming with ideas to attain the highest standards for the service and has a passion for working with service users.

Congratulations to all our nominees – your dedication and commitment to quality care have been recognised by your colleagues across the Trust.