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Once a year the Trust hosts a large awards ceremony and formal dinner where awards are presented to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams from Team UHDB who have gone above and beyond to either directly or indirectly provide exceptional care to our patients.

The Making a Difference Awards highlight the hard work, compassion and excellence of local NHS staff. They provide an opportunity for staff, patients and visitors to share feedback and say thank you to the NHS heroes who touch, save and improves lives in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Awards are presented each month cumulating in an annual celebration evening in September which celebrates team UHDB.

Read about our Making a Difference Awards 2023 >

Nominate your staff hero

Have you received great care at Royal Derby Hospital, Queen’s Hospital Burton, Samuel Johnson Community Hospital, Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital or Florence Nightingale Community Hospital?

Email your nomination to, please include the nominees name, work place and short summary explaining why you think they deserve an award.

How does it work?

Every month nominations are received and reviewed by a judging panel who choose a winner for each category.

Entries are judged against a criteria which is linked to our vision and values. You can read about our vision and values here >

Winners are presented with a pin badge and certificate in their workplace surrounded by colleagues to congratulate them for their success.

Making a Difference Winners

Excellent employee award - Sarah Balmforth (1)
‘Outstanding and caring leader’ Sarah recognised with Excellent Employee Award

“Devoted” Clinical Nurse Specialist Sarah Balmforth entered the room to a huge round of applause from colleagues, as she was presented with our Monthly Excellent Employee Award for th...

The Emergency Department team at Royal Derby Hospital
'You deserve a medal': Emergency Department team receive monthly award after glowing patient nomination

The team at Royal Derby Hospital’s Emergency Department have been presented with a Monthly Making a Difference Award after glowing feedback after caring for a patient who had suffered a fall.&nb...

Kev Orme
Staff Nurse Kev thanked for providing reassurance to nervous patients receiving the vaccine

Of all the people who have had their COVID-19 vaccination across Derbyshire and Staffordshire so far, thousands have first had to overcome a crippling fear of needles. One UHDB colleague who is goi...

Jo Reid Macmillan
Jo, Macmillan Support Assistant praised for providing exceptional care to patients living with cancer

A member of the Cancer Services team at Royal Derby Hospital has been praised by our Interim Chief Executive for going above and beyond to support patients living with cancer. After our Macmillan C...