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Thank You Event 2020: Colleague of the Year - Highly Commended

Every year we celebrate our amazing staff and their achievements at our pop-up ceremony. This year to keep everyone as safe as possible the event will be held virtually - Board members will pop into video meetings to surprise colleagues and present them with a trophy to celebrate as they are shining examples of our magnificent staff behaviours.

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

Colleague of the Year - Highly Commended

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Kath Black, Palliative Care Research Nurse has been heavily involved with the set up and delivery of COVID-19 vaccination research in Leeds. Kath has worked closely with different Trusts in Leeds and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who have all independently commented on Kath’s commitment, resilience, flexibility, and the kind and calm manner in which she has supported their teams during this time.

She has worked hours beyond her finish time, and through breaks to cover stations that have too few staff. As part of the front line team Kath has shown true kindness to staff from all across the city.

Kath was nominated for the Colleague of the Year Award by Stacey Phillips, Research Manager. Stacey said: “Kath is a highly experienced Palliative Care Research Nurse, a role that she has always filled with great pride and joy. When the first lockdown came, Kath volunteered for re-deployment to the neighbourhood teams where she supported Meanwood until August.”

“For a researcher to be part of the covid-19 vaccine trials is a calling, and despite being very happy in the vaccine trial, Kath is always concerned about her neighbourhood colleagues and the current pressure that they are facing, regularly querying about their wellbeing and about how she might help. This sensitivity to the needs of the service and it's patients, with which she worked only briefly, and during a very stressful and turbulent time makes me proud to call Kath my colleague.”

Thea Stein, Chief Executive virtually popped into Kath’s Microsoft Team meeting and told her the good news. Kath said: "I’m so overwhelmed  I didn’t expect it at all thank you!"

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