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 :
Jess is the quiet one on our team. They are often the one avoiding the limelight and beavering away behind the scenes, enabling the rest of us to do the more visible stuff. If I've got a diary clash, they will pick up meetings and present papers to senior colleagues with very little notice, and make a great job of it They are also the one who's figured out how procurement works, making all our lives much easier, and supporting Jess's work to improve the provision of reasonable adjustments to our Disabled colleagues.
Jess also played a huge role in developing and launching our Trust's All About Me Passport, which is designed to support colleagues to have meaningful, holistic and productive conversations about their individual needs with their line manager.
Jess led the evidence gathering for our Trust's application for NHS Rainbow Badge accreditation, and we secured bronze level accreditation. They also lead delivery of our LGBTQ+ awareness course.
Jess tends to do the majority of the planning for our events, and keeps us all on track with deadlines.
On a personal note, Jess started working for me in January 2022. Since then, it had been an absolute pleasure to watch them develop their knowledge, and most importantly, their confidence, and take on a new, more senior role.
During the time Jess has worked for me, I have experienced very poor mental health, and they have been unfailingly supportive and compassionate, and have often seemed to know instinctively how best to support me. I've been absent from work for several months, and will be leaving my role soon, but I haven't had to worry about work whilst I've been off, because I know Jess has it all under control.
Oh, and despite already having a degree in physics and astrophysics and a PGCE, Jess is currently studying part time for a BSc in Psychology! The knowledge they are gaining has been very useful in our team's work to support other teams to improve workplace behaviours. In turn, this work supports the Trust's aim to improve workplace experience and wellbeing and reduce bullying, harassment and discrimination.