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Inspirational hospital staff the ‘Pride of Derby’

10 August 2012

A matron on a care of the elderly ward is among staff at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who have been recognised for their exceptional care and service 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 to Derby’s hospitals 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 winners in this round were selected from a total of 143 nominations.

The Best Frontline member of staff award winner is matron Mary Richards, who works on Ward 408 (care of the elderly). She was nominated by four different patients, and the judges said that this was in recognition of her leadership in delivering a high standard of care to patients. They added that her warm and empathetic personality is reflected within her leadership style, which has clearly enabled patients to feel safe and valued.

The winner of the Best Behind the Scenes member of staff award goes to Roy Crawford, head of treatment planning in the radiotherapy physics department. Judges felt that Roy fulfils all the qualities that deserve a Pride of Derby award – commitment, fantastic work ethic, tirelessly working to improve the service to cancer patients. They added that it’s clear that he is a driving force within Radiotherapy Physics and an inspiration to his team.

The Best Team award goes to the Trust’s stoma nurses Liz Evans (team leader), Abi Davidson, Dianne Smith, Lisa Cockram and Karen Kirkham (admin support). Judges said their nomination stood out for their commitment to patients above and beyond their call of duty. Praise was given for working over their hours to ensure patients were cared for and their time given to teaching patients and relatives in stoma care. The nomination commended the team for their extremely approachable nature and that they were ‘worth their weight in gold’.

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.