Two members of UHDB staff have been awarded the first Chief Executive Award for comforting a member of the public in distress at Royal Derby Hospital.
Kate Butler, an IT Analyst, and Sukh Sandhu, Database Developer, supported a member of the public who was suffering with their mental health for a number of hours until they could be reunited with their carers.
Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive, said: “I was blown away by the compassion and conviction of the individuals involved. I am under no doubt that, without the quick thinking and actions taken by all, this person would have come to harm. Sukh and Kate demonstrated all of the values and behaviours we hold as so important in the care that we deliver, not only to patients, but also members of the public. Their compassion shone through. They are an absolute inspiration.”
Sukh said: “It feels so nice to receive this award surrounded by my colleagues. When I saw the patient in distress, I did what anyone would do and helped. In IT, we share the same values as everyone else in the Trust and it’s great to be recognised.”
Kate added: “I’m really pleased to receive the award; I hope it shows everyone the importance of being a friend and supportive when someone is suffering.”