STAFF and volunteers were praised for their care and commitment when they received awards from a mental health trust.

Good work was recognised by the fifth annual Quality Awards ceremony staged by West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

The 12 awards covered a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas, rewarding individuals and teams who have shown an 'outstanding commitment to championing positive mental health care for service users'.

Mary McCaffrey, sector manager at Ealing Hospital's John Conolly Wing, was chosen for the Chairman's Award.

Trust chairman Nigel McCorkell said: "Mary has been with the trust for 28 years. In that time, she has become known for her dedicated, optimistic, warm and caring nature. She has been described by staff, service users and carers as a nurse who goes above and beyond to help those who are in need."

Ms McCaffrey said: "It means a lot when a colleague says well done. It means an awful lot more when it comes from a carer or patient."

Stephen Urry, John Conolly Wing clinical team leader, was awarded the Unsung Hero prize, which goes to someone in a clinical capacity.

Mr Urry was nominated by Ealing director of services Bridget Ledbury.

"I am impressed by Stephen's level of professionalism, rapport with his colleagues and management and the exceptional level of support he gives to service users and carers," she said.

The Volunteer of the Year was named as Kwabena Mehutusekamen. He was nominated by David Nicholson, a music therapist in the John Conolly Wing.

"Kwabena has shown remarkable dedication to setting up and establishing the John Conolly Wing inpatient drumming group. What started out as a weekly, short-term pilot project has become a group that meets twice a week," Mr Nicholson said.

"Kwabena has been a crucial factor in enabling us to get this important group off the ground."