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Adele Atkinson (pictured left), Alison Elphee (pictured centre) and Bipin Bipinraj (pictured right) were nominated by members of the public for the Dr Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award in the Trust’s annual Celebrating Excellence Awards.

It is the first time the Trust has included this category in memory of the late Dr Kate Granger, a former locum consultant at the Trust, who instigated the national “Hello my name is…” campaign.

Sharon Brown, Assistant Director Staff Engagement, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We introduced this category to help Kate’s legacy live on and we also wanted to give patients and their friends and family the chance to really say thank you to those who have provided outstanding levels of care for them.

“We had over 70 entries in this category but the judges felt Adele, Alison and Bipin truly epitomised what the award was all about. They can all three be proud of their fantastic nominations and the amazing work they do.”

Adele was nominated by three patients’ relatives for her compassion, approachability and sensitivity. This is what one relative said: “Adele was on shift when my dad was first admitted and made what was a traumatic experience much more bearable.

“Not only is she incredibly efficient but she spoke to him and cared for him as an individual. She made us feel that she was caring for him as if he was her dad too.”

“It felt so good to be nominated never mind shortlisted,” said Adele. “I do my job because I love it and I care for everyone as I would want my own family to be cared for. I’m looking forward to the award’s night, it will be a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work everyone at the Trust does.”

Bipin was nominated by two family members of a patient on the elderly ward, who said about him: “We have noticed the male nurse Bip attending to patients who are alone. His manner is superb. He is calm and compassionate with his patients. He has the utmost respect for the elderly with his wonderfully calm and caring nature. A superb, dedicated, nurse who needs recognition, an asset to the ward and the NHS.”

“It was great to have such lovely feedback and comments from the family of patients,” said Bipin. “Hospital can be a scary place for many people, especially the elderly and it is important to remember this and treat everyone with compassion and respect.”

Alison was nominated by patients, who praised her for her support to people facing the life changing effect of chronic pain. One of the patients who nominated her said: “Alison really is an amazing nurse who shows so much compassion and empathy, respecting their choice and dignity at all times. This is so important when you already feel out of control and frightened.”

Alison was delighted to be nominated and shortlisted, she said: “Chronic pain can be a debilitating condition to live with. It’s hard to know exactly how each patient is feeling as we all have different thresholds, but it’s wonderful to hear people appreciate what you do and that you really are making a difference.”

The Celebrating Excellence Awards are a key part of the Trust’s commitment to celebrate the excellence of individuals and teams and recognise best practice amongst the 8,000 plus staff and volunteers across all three hospitals and community services.

The awards consist of 11 categories where people can nominate colleagues and teams who they believe have truly demonstrated the Trust values of Caring, Respect, Improving and High Standards.

All the shortlisted finalists will find out if they have won at the awards dinner, to be held in Wakefield on 19 May. Thank you to our sponsors who have funded this event: Hays Recruitment, HCL Doctors, NHS Professionals, Consort healthcare, Hempsons, funds from the staff lottery and Engie.