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Thank You Event 2019 - Day 1

Every year we celebrate our amazing staff and their achievements at our pop-up ceremony where Board members travel to bases across our Trust to recognise colleagues, teams and projects judged to be shining examples of our magnificent staff behaviours.

We will be posting all the winners as we reveal them -  so keep our website and social media channels. 

Colleague of the Year - Highly Commended


Debbie Bastow, nominated by: Gill Lockwood and Alison Langton
Debbie Bastow, Neighbourhood Team Assistant at Armley Neighbourhood Team, is on the front line dealing with both patient and staff queries on a daily basis. She is described as having a professional, warm hearted and caring manner when supporting vulnerable patients.

She is known for always going above and beyond to support individual colleagues and the team and is skilled at knowing how to support individuals in different ways.

For an extensive period during the year, Armley Neighbourhood Team were short of Admin staff and, despite some out of work challenges, Debbie stepped in and offered extra hours which continued for a significant period of time. Debbie did not want her colleagues to be under additional pressure and the team think they would have really struggled to manage without her.

Debbie was jointly nominated for the Colleague of the Year Award by Gill Lockwood, Service Manager and Alison Langton, Clinical Pathway Lead. They said: “Debbie always comes into work with a smile, and puts 110% into everything she does throughout the day.

“She always goes above and beyond to support individual colleagues and the team. She is skilled at knowing how to support individuals in different ways.”


Debbie was over the moon with her award which was presented by Thea Stein, Chief Executive, and Neil Franklin, Chair. She said: “Thank you everybody so much, I’m completely speechless – which is unusual for me!"

Kate Granger Patient Care Award - Highly Commended


Sarah Yeomans, nominated by Victoria Tate, Clinical Pathway Lead

District Nurse, Sarah Yeomans, is described as someone who continually provides exceptional levels of personalised patient care with kindness and compassion and she’s a ‘shining example’ of the nurse that people would choose to care for them in their time of need. All this despite being qualified as a District Nurse for just 15 months! 

Sarah, who is based at Morley Health Centre, was Highly Commended by our judges for showing commitment and experience beyond her years by caring for some very complex patients with compassion and professionalism. 

Victoria Tate, Clinical Pathway Lead, nominated Sarah for the Kate Granger Patient Care Award, following her role in the transfer of a young patient with a life limiting illness from the Children’s Service she had known for 17 years, to the Neighbourhood Team. 
Victoria said: “Sarah wasn’t daunted by the patient’s complex needs and she showed great maturity and pragmatism in dealing with the co-ordination and transition of the patient’s care, focusing on tailoring the care needs to the individual. Most importantly Sarah dedicated time to develop a trusting relationship with the patient and her mum.”

To achieve the level of care Sarah wanted for her patient, she sourced a full package of 24 hour nursing care from an external provider; got complex handover information from the children’s service, liaised with a Consultant at Martin House to agree an emergency care plan and ordered specialised equipment including made to measure tracheostomy tubes. 

Sarah’s Highly Commended certificate, cake and hamper were presented by Bryan Machin, Executive Director of Finance and Resources and Sam Prince, Executive Director of Operations.

A visibly touched Sarah said: “Receiving a Thank You Award is just so lovely, I feel really honoured”.

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