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Inspirational hospital staff recognised as the ‘Pride of Derby’

       26 November 2012

A housekeeper on a care of the elderly ward is among staff at Derby Hospitals 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 Best Frontline member of staff award winner is housekeeper Cheryl Byrne, who works on Ward 401 (care of the elderly). She was nominated by a relative for showing enormous empathy to both patients and their families by always finding the time to listen and chat to patients whilst giving the same care to everybody on the ward.

“Cheryl made such a huge difference both to my mother-in-law’s care and peace of mind. She is not only willing to go the extra mile but as many extra miles as are needed and always with unfailing kindness, calm, sensitivity and cheerfulness.” 

Cheryl said: “I am over the moon that I have received this award but I am just one in a long line of people here at the hospital who are the cogs in the wheel that work together to make our patients feel better.”

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

Grace Pearn, clinical team leader in the physiotherapy department at the London Road Community Hospital. The judges felt that Grace deserved this award for her contribution to the ‘Staff Family Fun Day’. She set a precedent for the future and ‘Got it Right First Time’.

The Best Team award goes to Ward 305 – (medicine) who were nominated by a relative. The judges said this nomination stood out because of the ward’s commitment to patients above and beyond their call of duty.

The Best Manager award went to Tracy Orlandi, head of occupational health. The judges saidTracy had single handedly reshaped and re-energised the Trust’s health and well-being agenda. She personally goes that extra mile – running fitness classes in her own time for staff enhancing their health and motivation.

“Tracy does all of this with an absolute focus on the patient and how a healthier, motivated workforce provide better patient care.”

Karen Martin, Director of Workforce Management, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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