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Thank You Event 2020: Leader 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. 

Leader of the Year - Highly Commended

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During the current pandemic Liz Grogan, Head of IPC has shown outstanding leadership for her own team but also across LCH and the wider system. She has supported the city around care homes, ensuring adequate training and support was available to them. She has also, at very short notice, supported pop up testing for Covid-19, local Test and Trace processes and provided expertise around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). At other times, when required, she has deputised for the Director of Nursing at city wide and regional meetings. Liz was made a Queen’s Nurse this year in recognition of her contribution to community nursing.

Steph Lawrence, Director of Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals said:

“Liz is always clear about the job to be done and acts as a role model at all times. This has included sometimes having to make difficult decisions and saying what she thinks, despite others not always agreeing.”

Liz is not only an ambassador for IPC but also for community nursing. She has led on high quality care despite unrelenting pressure and at the most challenging and uncertain of times due to the pandemic. Her calm, selfless and professional leadership has provided not just this organisation but the city of Leeds and the region with timely, responsive and evidence-based specialist IPC direction. Fundamental to Liz is her compassion and care for both patients and staff. Leading the team through unprecedented times, she has maintained her unrelenting support.”

Director of Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals, Steph Lawrence popped into Liz’s meeting via Microsoft Teams to deliver the good news and present the award.

Liz said: "I’m really shocked to have won this and I couldn’t have done it without the support I have received but it’s nice to hear you talk about the things I’ve done because it makes me think ‘actually, I have done quite a good job!’ as I’m usually so self-critical. So thank you everyone, I just don’t know what to say!”

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