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Staff that go that extra mile are recognised as the ‘Pride of Derby’

Published 28/03/2013

Staff in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital have been recognised for their exceptional care and compassion in the Trust’s Pride of Derby Awards. 

The Pride of Derby Awards celebrate the inspirational work of Derby Hospitals' staff members and the value they add to the Trust providing the very best patient care and improving staff experience. 

Visitors and staff are asked to nominate members of staff who they think have delivered the highest possible standards of care and demonstrated exemplary performance and outstanding levels of commitment. Entries are judged every three months with winners presented with their awards by the Trust’s chief executive Sue James at a Board of Directors meeting. 

The Best Team award went to the Intensive Care Unit who were nominated by a relative following the death of a family member. The nomination praised staff for making a very difficult and sad day so much more bearable: 

“Our much loved Grandma and Mum had a brain haemorrhage. All the staff were calm and spoke gently in the background. I think that kind of friendly atmosphere doesn’t go amiss when in shock. When I paused mid stride, they asked if I was alright (which I was, and felt all the more so for being asked). Sometimes when distressed or wanting to be ‘alone with your thoughts’ to be asked if you are OK can seem an intrusion. Here though this was comforting and was another reassurance of their strength of care. This made the long hours that day so much more bearable.”

Debbie Ainscoe

Sally Spencer, senior sister for the Intensive Care Unit said: “We are delighted and proud to receive the award. It’s lovely to be recognised for the excellent care that we give, our sensitivity and thoughtfulness. The staff always give the best possible care to both the patients and their families. We will wear our award badges with pride.” 

The Best Frontline member of staff award went to senior sister Pat Fox from ward 406 (medicine for the elderly). Pat was nominated by a visitor:

“Pat throws everything she can into her job. She has nurtured and developed a fantastic group of staff. She spends a lot of time finding ways to improve the ward and making things easier for the patients.”

The winner of the Best Behind the Scenes member of staff award goes to

Sheila Harris, medical secretary in hepatology. Sheila was nominated by a relative for going that extra mile and more and for being caring and compassionate. 

Sue James, chief executive at Derby Hospitals, said: “All our winners demonstrate how it’s not just about what we do, but also the way that we do it. Winning a Pride of Derby award means so much and I’m very grateful to patients and visitors who have taken the time to nominate them.

“I am very proud of staff at the Trust, who are dedicated to providing excellent patient care. I’m very pleased to recognise those who excel at putting patients first.” 

The Pride of Derby Awards are open all year round. It’s really simple to nominate a member of staff or team at Derby Hospitals that has gone the extra mile. Please complete a nomination form, which can be found in various locations across the hospitals, and post it in the comment box. Alternatively complete an online voting form at www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk/pride.


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


01332 785778

Last Modified 28/03/2013