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Winners: October - November 2015

Between October and November 2015 we received almost 470 nominations for our Pride of Derby scheme. Awards were presented at our public Board meeting in January by Interim Chief Executive, Helen Scott-South.

In early January the overall winners were invited to the Pride of Derby awards presentation, to be congratulated for 'going the extra mile'  for their patients and colleagues.


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Helen Frost, Pride of Derby
Best Frontline member of staff

Winner: Helen Frost

A visitor to the hospital nominated Helen for going above and beyond her duty in initiating the use of memory boxes on Adult Intensive Care. They said: “What is so utterly fantastic is to be reminded of the beautiful thoughts surrounding their loved one and to give comfort to grieving relatives which may include young children who may be too young to remember the shape of their mother’s/father’s hand, to feel the softness of their hair. I can with certainty identify with losing a loved one in a traumatic manner and wished that someone like Helen had been there to safeguard precious memories”.

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Kirsty Allen, Pride of Derby
Best Behind the Scenes members of staff

Winner: Kirsty Allen, Pathway Team Leader, Lymphoedema

Kirsty was nominated by a colleague for listening to the concerns of a particular patient and offering to meet them to reassure them, as well as making sure that she had done all she could to go the extra mile to listen and respond to her concerns. Kirsty was also praised for her day to day way of explaining procedures to patients and generally ensuring she puts patient care at the forefront of everything she does. 

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Pay Services Pride of Derby
Best Team 

Winner: Pay Services

The Pay Services team were nominated for offering to work after the September payroll cut-off date in order to ensure that a group of new starters could be paid within a shorter timescale. They decided to work additional hours to get these starters on the September pay run, increasing their workload considerably at a busy period and going the extra mile for the service user.

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Mandy Grogan Pride of Derby

Best Inspirational Leader

Winner: Mandy Grogan, now a matron with Derbyshire Community Health Services

During the lead up to the transfer of adult community services to be under new management with Derbyshire Community Health Service, Mandy showed extremely positive leadership at a time of change with her team, keeping them motivated with her upbeat, assured and 'can do' attitude.