In April 2022 the Trust launched the DAISY Awards – an international recognition programme that honours and celebrates the skilful, compassionate care nurses, midwives and clinical support workers provide every day.
Since its launch we have received over 250 nominations from staff, patients and members of the public and between April 2022 and March 2023, 24 members of staff were recognised with a DAISY Award.
Thank you to our hospitals’ charity for making the DAISY Awards possible and for funding the programme in 2023/2024.
You can find out more about our amazing winners from the first year of the DAISY Awards below:
Courtney was described in her nomination as one of the most hardworking nurses, continuously improving the service she provides remaining positive and always going above and beyond, putting the patients first.
Meghan was nominated by one of our women for supporting her during a very difficult time, she said Meghan was there for her every step of the way and that she really cared. In the nomination Meghan was described as one in a million.
Georgina was nominated by a colleague on behalf of her patients and fellow nurses for “always going above and beyond for her patients, fellow colleagues, and students. She is a role model to look up to and I believe she is deserving of a DAISY Award.”
Jeanette was the first recipient of a DAISY Award in the Trust. Jeanette was nominated by new mum, Amy, who praised her for “the outstanding care and compassion she showed during and after the birth of our new baby boy Tobias. Jen was the constant for us all during that time and not only supported me, but my partner too, who relied on her to be with me when he couldn’t.”
Alex from rheumatology biologics was nominated by one of our patients for going above and beyond to help find them the right medication when they were in severe pain. Alex kept in touch with the patient and provided them with invaluable support during what was a very difficult time.
Pennie, a nurse on ward 11B, at Lister was nominated for an award by one of our patients. In the nomination, Pennie was congratulated on listening to the patient’s needs, with energy and optimism, continually talking them through the different medicines, advocating the patients wishes with relevant teams.
Emma was nominated for the award by nursing associate, Rachel Mataba, for the outstanding care she gave a patient who was at the end of life. Not only did Emma provide our patient with the care they needed in their final days, she also ensured their loved ones were taken care of, that they had somewhere to stay and someone to talk to if they had concerns.
Mac (Maccabeus) was nominated by Chief Nursing Information Officer, Tamsin Elwood, because of his “never ending support to the digital nursing improvements work and how amazing Mac has been during the rollout of digital assessments and care plans on the wards.” Mac consistently goes out of his way to ensure the nurses have the support they need whenever a new functionality or system is rolled out, providing ideas on how things can be done differently. Mac is a pleasure to work with, always smiling and positive – his enthusiasm is infectious.
Emma was nominated by a member of the public for reassuring his wife who was worried, making her feel comfortable and explaining the processes throughout. Before Emma left her shift that day to go home, she came back to say goodbye to the patient and wished them luck going forward. The member of the public truly feels that Emma made him and his wife feel comfortable and reassured throughout.
Deborah was nominated by Divisional Operations Director for Unplanned Care, Alison Gibson, for supporting the paediatric team during an extremely challenging situation. Throughout Deborah supported both the team and family affected. Deborah demonstrated not only her compassion and empathy for the teams and the parents as a nurse but also as a human being.
Kim was nominated for the award by a member of the public for the outstanding care she provides their little boy who has complex health needs. Kim always has a smile on her face and will often work through her lunch break to support him and his family.
Eleanor was nominated for the award by a patient after she provided outstanding care during a very difficult and sensitive time. Eleanor was calm and kind, listening to the patient’s worries and concerns making sure they were cared for at every stage.
Hannah was nominated for the Award by Sarah Corrigan, Children’s Safeguarding Lead, for her calm and sensitive manner when dealing with highly sensitive issues relating to child protection, supporting her colleagues and patients. Colleagues across the Trust have shared how much they value Hannah’s approachable nature and supportive guidance throughout these cases.
Neena was nominated by a patient for supporting them throughout their experience of having a stoma. The patient commented on Neena’s care and compassion before the operation, and said “she was so understanding of how I was feeling; I was nervous and upset but she made me feel so supported.” Neena not only helped the patient before her operation, but also afterwards – giving the patient confidence in using the stoma for the first time, making sure they got the care they needed afterwards.
Danilo who works in RSU on ward 11, was nominated by one of our patients who thanked him for being so bright and cheerful when taking care of his patients on the ward.
The patient said: “Dan is attentive, kind hearted and nurturing – he never misses a beat and is a great asset to the RSU team. He truly deserves to be recognised”.
Lauren was nominated by a member of the public whose son was delivered by caesarean section in August 2022. Throughout the birth of their son, Lauren brought the family great comfort and helped make them feel at ease. Once their son was born, Lauren performed all the checks on their son with amazing attention to detail and the family remember the positive impact Lauren had on their son’s birth.
Maria was nominated for supporting a woman and her family through her caesarean section and for making their birth experience “one of the most magical, positive and extraordinary experiences of [their] lives.” Maria exuded warmth and reassurance from the outset, lifting the sense of anxiety they’d been feeling before the procedure.
Sharon was nominated by one of her colleagues for her excellent work in supporting improvements to the service – helping to ensure the team were supported and listening to their concerns, whilst building relationships with local funeral directors.
Catherine has been a nurse at the Trust since the early 2000s and was described by one of her nominators as a “caring, compassionate, courageous, committed, competent and a very good communicator.”
Dan, another nominator for Catherine, thanked her for the hard work she has done over the years supporting nurses completing their OSCE training, saying: “Catherine is a staunch advocate of the international nurse recruits” and has been hugely supportive to the staff that she’s trained over the years.
Teresa was nominated by one of her colleagues after she went above and beyond to the care for her daughter when she was a patient with a fractured arm. Teresa kept them informed, calm, reassured and ensured her daughter was seen by the most appropriate specialists.
Ndubisi was nominated for an award by two of his colleagues for going above and beyond for his patients. Ndubisi, or ND as he’s known by his colleagues, provides excellent clinical care and extra support to his peers and juniors, despite being a newly qualified nurse himself. ND is always approachable and in a happy mood, spreading joy to his colleagues as he goes about his duties.
Rebecca was nominated by a patient who felt very anxious being in hospital as she was 10 weeks pregnant and had negative experiences of being in hospital in the past. Rebecca made the patient feel comfortable and at ease, being friendly and professional. Throughout her shift Rebecca regularly checked in on them to make sure they were ok and kept them updated about what was to happen next.