Thank You Event 2018 - Friday 7 December

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Today is the final day of our Thank You Event in which our senior team surprise members of staff from across Leeds Community Healthcare who have been nominated as exceptional by their colleagues in various categories!

Winners and runners up will receive a hamper full of goodies. #lchsaysthankyou

Categories are as follows:


Trainer of clinical staff is highly commended in staff awards!

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A nurse who supports frontline clinicians across Leeds by developing their skills has been surprised as part of our Thank You Event 2018.

Stewart Miller, Clinical Skills and Competency Trainer for the Neighbourhood Teams, has been highly commended in our Colleague of the Year category.

The recognition comes after Stewart took on the role – a new post - within the Clinical Education Team. His days are spent out and about among our 13 Neighbourhood Teams, upskilling staff in areas where there may be an identified need for training and development.

He was nominated by Clinical Lead for the Adult Business Unit (ABU) Caroline McNamara, who said: “Stewart works with staff on a one-to-one and small group basis and is extremely skilled at empowering staff, giving them confidence and ability in the key Neighbourhood Team clinical skills.”

Feedback from staff has revealed how positively Stewart has been received and how much he is valued. One thing that has been highlighted in particular is how Stewart is constantly striving to improve.

“He is absolutely living the Trust’s values by Leading by Example and is demonstrating a high quality of care, professionalism and also empathy,” Caroline added.

Stewart Miller said: "I am speechless...and that's not something I'm known for. It's wonderful to know that colleagues value my work. Training is not just about teaching competencies it's about inspiring confidence. In my role I support my colleagues but they also support me. We're all in it together."

Alison Langton, Clinical Pathway Lead said: "You are like play doh Stewart, you mould yourself to whatever's needed. - thank you!"

Congratulations Stewart!


Podiatry service manager wins Leader of the Year!

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A ‘passionate, committed and enthusiastic’ service manager who looks after a happy, fulfilled workforce has been named our Leader of the Year 2018.

Gail Fort is our Podiatry Service Manager and has worked for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and its predecessors for more than 30 years.

Those who work with her describe how Gail cares deeply about high quality, effective care for the population of Leeds with lower limb and foot problems – and the staff that deliver this service.

During a recent staff shortage, Gail made sure a recovery plan was escalated quickly, she always consults with team members over service change to gain their perspective and she mixes up meetings to make sure staff meet and talk to new people.

Gail regularly promotes the service and its achievements via Twitter and Facebook and is the first to thank staff when they have worked hard and provided good work. She encourages a coaching style that gives people the opportunity to work out their own decisions and way forward.

Susan Holley, Podiatry Team Manager, who nominated Gail said: “She has the future of Podiatry in LCH at the centre of everything she does and every decision she makes.

“She makes you feel part of a team and appreciated. She genuinely cares about the welfare of all of the 60+ staff that she leads and would do whatever she possibly could to make sure they are supported and happy in their role.”

Sam Prince, Executive Director of Operations, who presented Gail’s award said: “Gail is someone who cares deeply about high quality effective care for the population of Leeds. Gail has been described as an amazing manager who is always inclusive, always there for people and outwardly promoting the service – truly keeping the show on the road.”

Gail, upon being surprised with the award said: “This is ace, I actually feel a little bit tearful. Honestly it’s absolutely lovely and really is a reflection of everybody in my team.”

Congratulations Gail!