A senior clinical psychologist from Pinderfields Hospital has received national recognition for her work with spinal injury patients.
Dr Rebecca Ellis, was one of four proud recipients of the Rising Star medal, at the annual Spinal Injuries Association’s (SIA) Rebuilding Lives Awards.
The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the spinal cord injured community, who inspire others through their work, hobbies or during their rehabilitation. The Rising Star medal is presented to a young health professional who has gone above and beyond in their role, and this year saw all four shortlisted nominees win the accolade.
“I was really pleased,” said Rebecca. “It was such an honour to be nominated and recognised for the work we do. This is the first role I’ve had as a clinical psychologist since qualifying in 2015.”
Rebecca joined the Trust to work with Dr Nigel Wainwright, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and together they developed the clinical psychology service on the spinal unit for inpatients.
Through regular 1:1 sessions with inpatients, group mindfulness sessions and facilitated peer support groups they have made a marked difference to the lives of patients following injury.
Nigel said: “We were the only spinal unit in the country which didn’t offer a dedicated psychology service to patients before 2015. The support and dedication Rebecca has shown to help develop this service for our patients has been fantastic and she is thoroughly deserving of the recognition that this award has brought her.”