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Making a Difference Winners

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IT team presented with CEO Award for helping to introduce Lorenzo system in ED

A UHDB IT team has received some well-deserved recognition for their tireless efforts in helping to introduce a new patient record system into our Emergency Department.

‘Lorenzo’ has gone live in stages over the last few months throughout the A&E at Royal Derby Hospital – replacing the former clinical and administrative system in the department.

The IT Lorenzo team have showcased immense team work and leadership to engage and work alongside the clinical teams in A&E, so that this important change could be made in the midst of the pandemic.

It was therefore our pleasure to be able to award the team with this month’s Making a Difference CEO Award, with Chief Executive Gavin Boyle paying the team a surprise visit to present them with their award.

Receiving the award, Stacey Sutherland, Digital Nurse Specialist, said: “It is nice to be recognised for all the hard work that has gone into supporting our teams, so thank you to everyone who has made that happen.”

Gavin Boyle said: “Introducing a new IT system into a busy clinical area, where quite frankly the work never stops, is always a challenge. This was a terrific piece of team work between the ED clinical team and the IT Lorenzo folk. 

“I think it’s been truly impressive how both clinical and technical teams have worked together to make this as seamless as possible – it’s never without its challenges but thanks to the Lorenzo team who have tried to make sure that clinical colleagues have been as well supported as possible.” 

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.

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LGBTQIA+ Network Chair, Dan, recognised for going above and beyond to promote equality, diversity and inclusion at UHDB

Dan Walton-Ashmore, Trainee Nursing Associate and Chair of our UHDB LGBTQIA+ network has been awarded the Making a Difference Chief Executive Award by our Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle.

The award, which was presented to Dan earlier this week, recognises his work to promote equality, diversity and inclusion at UHDB.

Gavin Boyle said, “I am really grateful to hear of what Dan has been doing to support our LGBTQIA+ colleagues throughout the Trust. It is amazing that alongside working on the frontline throughout the pandemic, he has also managed to grow the LGBTQIA+ network from a small group of people to over 140 active members.”

As well as growing the network, Dan has also brought around change regarding the use of pronouns amongst colleagues, encouraged staff to share their story as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and has also come forward to share his sad experiences of homophobia to raise awareness on International Day Against Homophobia.
 

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Dan said: “Thank you for this recognition for not just myself, but the network as a whole.  I’m so proud of how far the network has come since setting it up earlier this year alongside my Co-Chair, Jimmy. It is thriving. Every person who has joined the network continues to try and make UHDB a better place for our patients, current staff and staff of the future. We have joined forces with other local NHS LGBTQIA+ networks and continue to share ideas.

“If you’re an LGBTQIA+ colleague working at the Trust, come and join us.  We are on a journey of embracing all of our people and communities. UHDB will lead the way one day on staff inclusion and diversity.”

You can join the UHDB LGBTQIA+ network here (opens in new window) >

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Hospital Out of Hours Team at RDH thanked for going above and beyond

Royal Derby Hospital’s Out of Hours Team received the Team UHDB award for their remarkable work throughout the pandemic.

The nomination for the Hospital Out of Hours team commended their dedication to patient care and highlights their enormous effort to support patient care. She said: “The team are an invisible workforce keeping patients safe overnight.

“The pandemic had really impacted the team, the workload and acuity of patients is unprecedented. However, the team have shown positivity, resilience, integrity and adaptability, all working together with a shared goal of providing exceptional care to save lives.

“I am incredibly proud of the team and how they have conducted themselves in an exceptional manner.”

Magnus Harrison, Executive Medical Director, praised the team for their outstanding service to patients and presented the team with the UHDB Making a Difference Award to thank them for their efforts.

Lorraine O’Connor, Night Nurse Practitioner, said: “Since our new manager and clinical lead, Terri-Ann Walsh and Alice Mccomb, they’ve changed our team and supported us immensely for the last two years, especially through the pandemic.

“They’ve encouraged us to get our training and go onto ACP roles. They’ve been fundamental in how the team has changed, and I can’t thank them and the team enough.”

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.

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'Wonderful' midwife Julia awarded with Patient Hero Award

A community midwife whose intervention “potentially saved the life” of a patient who was 35 weeks pregnant has been presented with UHDB’s Monthly Making a Difference Award for May.

Julia Kirk, who works in the Coleman Team, was presented with the award by CEO Gavin Boyle with her colleagues present after a touching submission from a patient.

The patient described how Julia spotted her appearing breathless in the queue at her GP surgery and decided to refer the patient to the Pregnancy Assessment Unit at Royal Derby Hospital.

Further tests revealed that the patient had a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung, blocking blood flow to part of the lung.

The patient wrote: “I cannot thank Julia enough for potentially saving my life. She has been wonderful from the beginning and is someone who is clearly passionate about her job and conscientious in her care.”

Upon receiving the award, Julia said: “This is a wonderful surprise! I remember this patient well and when I saw her, I just knew that something wasn’t quite right.

“I must say though that this award is for the whole team too, as I know that all of my lovely colleagues would have done exactly the same if they were in my shoes.”

Gavin Boyle, CEO, said: “What Julia did was really important, so well done. Her timely intervention prevented what could have been a dire situation.”

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.

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Cancer patient thanks RDH’s Combined Day Unit for unwavering support

An extremely grateful cancer patient has thanked the Combined Day Unit at Royal Derby Hospital for their unwavering support throughout the pandemic. 

The patient nominated the team for their outstanding care during his chemotherapy treatment even through the commotion of the pandemic.  

The patient’s nomination for the Combined Day Unit commended their dedication to patient experience to help aid the emotional wellbeing of those receiving cancer treatment. They said: "I am just over half way through chemotherapy and the team have been outstanding. I have really struggled at times with anxiety, fear and generally feeling out my depth.

“The team have always gone above and beyond to reassure and comfort me, making the process more bearable. I could not be more grateful. They are more than just nurses; they are therapists, a warming face, and a wealth of knowledge. I am so thankful for them especially in the current circumstances.”

Phil Bolton, Deputy Chief of Nursing Operations, visited the team to present them with the UHDB Making a Difference Award to thank them for their service to this patient.

Eleanor Stokes, Sister on the Combined Day Unit, said: “It feels lovely to be recognised by a patient who we care for, and it’s a really nice surprise to win the Making a Difference Award.”

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.

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