Staff accolades

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Judith Payne: Excellent Employee Award

Judith receiving 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!

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