The Only National Awards For Non-Medical / Non-Clinical NHS Staff & Volunteers
Mental Wellness Champion
Individual or Team Nomination?
In these challenging times, nominators were asked to show how the nominee had demonstrated the following qualities:
- Exceptional work ethic - going above and beyond their job description, especially in the past 12 months.
- Outstanding achievement/s in work or outside of the organisation where relevant.
- Drive for innovation and proactive leadership in these challenging times.
- High level of interpersonal skills, such as kindness, empathy, loyalty and thoughtfulness to staff and patients.
- A resilience considering Covid to their role and to the health and wellbeing of their colleagues.
Nominee's story :
In the last months Tony has gone way above and beyond his role in supporting myself. Following the deaths of both my parents which broke me and which has left me without family, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I subsequently with other health conditions needed major surgery that would change my life and my outlook on my purpose in life. Tony has been my main support during this time. He has stayed behind his hours to support me, with the absence of family he has attended appointments with me when I was so anxious I didn't feel I could go alone and has sat with me for hours allowing me to talk, cry and find a way forward. He has contacted me at home as many times a week as I wanted during my isolation period of 2 weeks pre surgery, came to the anaesthetic room with me and stayed until I was asleep due to my panic at the theatre doors and feeling I could not go through with the surgery. He visited me in hospital twice a day every day of my admission and has maintained regular contact with me while recovering post op. He has listened to my worries and fears, been there when I have cried and had panic attacks and been there is some very dark days, each time knowing the right thing to say or do to ground me and allow me to gather myself. He helped me to discuss my bereavement's which were so intense I didn't feel I would be able to survive. He has helped me to realise I just have to take one day at a time, he has helped me to discuss the impact my surgery would have on my life and how I could plan and ensure my physical and mental wellbeing in preparation for surgery. Now I am post op and my fears have become my reality Tony is still there supporting me. He has listened to things he probably didn't expect to hear and were probably out of his comfort zone but has always made me feel safe and supported in whatever I needed to discuss and I have trusted his confidentiality without doubt. I honestly believe I would not have been able to get through without Tony, he has been my rock. My mental wellbeing has been pushed to its limits but I know I can always contact Tony for support and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Tony has in addition to this supported all levels of staff at the hospital during the covid pandemic, has supported staff in the bereavements of our beloved colleagues to covid, has spent time with patients in all steps of their covid journey including ITU and palliative care. Nothing is too much troble for Tony and I personally and our hospital are all the better for knowing this amazing man.