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You Made a Difference awards - December

23 December 2016
A junior sister who is a “great team player” on an elderly ward and a dedicated domestic on a maternity ward were the deserved winners of the You Made a Difference awards for December.

Hayley King, a junior sister on G4, was picked out after being nominated by her colleagues, while Lisa Smith was the other winner having been put forward by a mother she helped through a testing time with her new born. They received their awards from by the Trust’s Chair Mike More and Chief Executive Roland Sinker.  

Hayley King stands proudly with her You Made a Difference award in front of colleagues from G4 and Division CHayley said: “It is truly humbling to be nominated for a You Made a Difference award and to win means the world to me.

“I feel blessed to work with great consultants and a great team. We’ve come a long way on G4 and there’s so many ideas on how we can make it even better.”

Her winning nomination, written by a consultant colleague, said: “Hayley is always so helpful and supportive with everyone, listening to the needs of both patients and staff; she is also a great team player. 

“As a Consultant on ward G4, I have observed on multiple occasions over the past two years how her caring attitude, efficiency, compassion and extreme professionalism have made a wonderful difference to the health and wellbeing of patients and their families.  Hayley always goes the extra mile and is making a difference on an on-going basis.”

Hayley joined the Trust as a newly qualified staff nurse in DME in November 2006, having previously undertaken her nurse training  here at CUH. In November 2010 she was promoted to a Junior Sister and moved to Ward G6 before moving to G4 to continue in her current Band 6 role


A friendly, reassuring attitude towards a new mother won Lisa Smith the You Made a Difference award.

Lisa Smith receives her award from Chairman Mike More and CEO Roland SinkerVery much a permanent fixture on the Lady Mary Ward, Lisa is responsible for the cleanliness of the ward, ensuring it meets quality control audits of 95%. Her role goes much beyond that however. Lisa goes above and beyond the call of duty to support colleagues and families of new borns.

An extract of the winning nomination said: “Lisa took time out of her busy working day to talk to me and calm me down when I was having a testing time with my new-born.

“She was very caring, making sure my husband and I always had a cup of tea and her friendly attitude was just what I needed during my admission.  Lisa went above and beyond and was an absolute pleasure to be around.  She is a great asset to Lady Mary Ward.”

On receiving the award, Lisa said: “I’m very proud to receive this award and to work on Lady Mary Ward. It’s such a lovely ward and they are a great team to work with. I look forward to going to work every day.