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Caring and compassionate HCA is thanked for his kind gestures

David Rady

A Royal Derby Hospital Healthcare Assistant has been recognised for always going above and beyond and providing excellent care and support to patients throughout the pandemic.

David Rady was nominated by multiple colleagues, patients and relatives for his compassion and kindness towards his patients. One nomination read: “David is a lovely bloke. He delivered some clean pyjamas and toiletries into the hospital for my relative when no visitors were allowed. He goes above and beyond to help people feel special - such a caring person.”

cake David was also nominated by a patient who had a long stay in ICU before being cared for by David. The patient’s relative said: “David looked after my dad whilst he had Covid-19. My dad still talks about him until this day. My dad was in ICU for 3 months and David made such an effort with him, he even stayed late one time after his shift to ensure he felt comfortable and rested. When my dad was discharged after his long stay, David bought him a beautiful cake to celebrate him being able to come home. He is a lovely bloke had a lot of time for us.”

David received his UHDB Excellent Employee Making a Difference award surrounded by some of his colleagues towards the end of one of his night shifts on Ward 402. David said, “It’s been a difficult year for his all, but I am glad that I have been able to make a difference and support my patients throughout these trying times.

“This award is also a massive thanks to my team on Ward 402. Without the team I couldn’t of got through the last 12 months without them, they’re an amazing team and I am honoured to be a part of it.”

If you would like to nominate a colleague or team for a Monthly Making a Difference Award, please let us know!

There are four monthly Making a Difference Awards categories:

  • Chief Executive Award – Chosen by Gavin Boyle
  • Patient Hero Award – Nominated by patients    
  • Team UHDB Award – You can nominate your team or another team
  • Excellent Employee Award – You can nominate your colleagues

You can send a 300 word nomination along with the name of the team or individual, their job title and where they work, to uhdb.employeeawards@nhs.net.