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Making a Difference Winners

CEO Award: Occupational Health Team

The Occupational Health Team has been recognised for their commitment towards protecting our patients and staff from flu.

The team received the CEO Making a Difference Award, which was presented by Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive at UHDB, after vaccinating 80.73% of our frontline healthcare staff across our five hospital sites.

In his blog, Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive, said; “I would like to thank the Occupational Health Team, peer vaccinators and each and every one of you who have rolled up your sleeves to have the vaccine. Work has already commenced on the flu programme for this year and a national target has been set to vaccinate 90% of frontline healthcare workers. I know I can count on your continued support to help protect yourself, patients and visitors.”

A member of the team said; “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award and be recognised for our work.”

Great work team!                         

If you know a UHDB member of staff or team who should be recognised for their exceptional work, you can nominate them for a monthly Making a Difference Award by emailing

Bathroom Conversion Project: Team UHDB Award

A team of staff from across the Trust who worked on the Bathroom Conversion Project have been recognised with a monthly staff award for their hard work following their fantastic teamwork and dedication.

Sharon Martin, Executive Chief Operating Officer presented the team with our March “Team UHDB” Making a Difference award.

The team of staff, including some of our colleagues from ISS and Skanksa have worked together to create extra capacity across our wards at the Royal Derby Hospital to support with winter pressures. As part of the Trust’s winter plan, unused bathrooms were converted in to twin bays for patients which has created an additional 20 beds.

Liz Addison, Transformation Nurse said, “This is a really good example of team work; from the clinical staff on the ward, the domestic team to the builders. Everyone has had respect and been very positive despite the disruption.”

Hospital Porters Praised for Patient Care

The Porters Team at Queen’s Hospital Burton have been recognised for their commitment towards patient care and supporting staff.

The team received the “Team UHDB” Award, which was presented by Duncan Bedford, Executive Managing Director at Burton, after a number of staff across Queen’s Hospital Burton nominated them for going above and beyond at all times.

One of the nominations read; “The porters are cheerful and always help put our patients at ease. The team work extremely hard and nothing is ever too much trouble for them – we would be lost without their support! Every porter at QHB deserves this recognition and a big thank you from us all!”

A member of the team said; “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award. It’s great to know that we can offer our patients some simple comfort and reassurance when visiting our hospital.”

Great work team!                         

If you know a UHDB member of staff or team who should be recognised for their exceptional work, you can nominate them for a monthly Making a Difference Award by emailing

'Guardian angels' in Derby's Intensive Care Unit receive Patient Hero Award

The team in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Royal Derby Hospital have been presented with the Patient Hero Award for January 2020 by a returning patient, whose life they saved after he contracted meningitis.

21-year-old Harrison Monk was admitted to ICU on 23 August 2019 after his sister found him semi-conscious on the bathroom floor with a purple rash on his face, arms and torso. Harrison then spent a month in the unit as he slowly recovered before being discharged in late September 2019.

Nicki Hadfield, Senior Sister on ICU, said: "When he first came in, he was really sick and had multiple organ failure. It was touch and go when he first arrived with us.

"So to see Harrison doing so well is an absolute credit to everyone in the ICU Team who have played a massive part in his recovery. Harrison's attitude and determination and the love and support from his family have helped him to get where he is. It's very satisfying and heart-warming to see him here today."

Harrison said that he has formed a special bond with the team and sees them as a "second family": "To be able to give these amazing people the recognition they deserve is amazing because they deserve so much. They are absolutely amazing and just fantastic people."

Ellamae, Harrison's sister, says that the whole family is indebted to the work of the team: “We owe so much to the ICU staff. We cannot praise them highly enough in their professional, committed approach and their dedication in helping Harrison make a full recovery. Without their amazing expertise and round-the-clock care, we know he wouldn't be with us today.

“I'm also very aware that this is a rare ending to a Meningitis story and I feel so grateful and lucky to still have my brother."

Harrison's parents, Stephen and Tonya, were 800 miles away in France when they received the news that their son was critically ill. They had to make a 19 hour journey back to Royal Derby Hospital and said that when they arrived, the team were compassionate and showed exceptional care to the family.

Stephen said: "It was a horrendous journey. We'd almost reached our next site with the caravan when we received the call from Consultant, Nick Reynolds, telling us that Harrison was very poorly and that we needed to come back.

"I can't say a bad word about anyone. It wasn't just on a professional level that the staff were involved, they made sure they were personally involved and they really felt for Harrison and made every effort to help him recover."

Tonya, Harrison's mum, said that the family will never forget what the team have done for them and for saving Harrison's life: "The gift that the team gave to Harrison was giving him the gift of life back. To be able to thank this team, who I call guardian angels, in this way is just wonderful.

"My auntie worked in the ICU here for 40 years and trained some of the staff who cared for Harrison. You have no idea how much of an amazing job every individual does here until you see this amazing place from the other side, and we will be forever thankful."

Judith Payne: Excellent Employee Award

A UHDB colleague has received a special award for making it her mission to teach, support and guide one of our Project Search interns.

Judith Payne, our Patient Experience Lead, working in our Patient Experience Team at the Royal Derby Hospital was presented with the Trust’s Excellent Employee award after being nominated by a colleague who praised the time, dedication and patience Judith has shown to Imogen, one of the Project Search interns. Imogen is deaf and has been hugely supported by Judith since joining the Patient Experience Team at the start of her internship.

The nomination said: “Judith has gone above and beyond to help Imogen learn new skills and allocate her new tasks to get involved in within the office, which Imogen has thoroughly enjoyed doing.

“Judith has actively encouraged Imogen every day which has boosted her confidence no end. This has been a delight to witness. Judith has been a real advocate for Imogen and she has been able to recognise when Imogen is tired, in pain or not feeling well (due to her disabilities) and has supported Imogen tirelessly through her time in the department”

Krishna Kallianpur, Interim Executive Chief Nurse at UHDB presented Judith with her award, surrounded by her colleagues and Imogen, who came back to visit Judith, to celebrate her achievement.

Judith said: “What I have supported Imogen with over the past couple of months will remain with me for a long time to come. She has been a delight to have in our team - very friendly, polite and always smiling.  Having her in our team taught us so much – it was a brilliant experience for us all – I hope more teams plan to get involved and support the next cohort of Project Search interns to the Royal Derby Hospital. ”

Well done Judith!

Find out more about Project Search here

If you know a UHDB member of staff or team who should be recognised for their exceptional work, you can nominate them for a Monthly Making a Difference Awards by emailing

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