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 :
Carys is truly an exceptional human being. She is welcoming, supportive, and an inspiration at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT).
Carys joined the Colleague Engagement Team in July 2021. Her innovative ideas have encouraged colleagues to engage in improving their workplace relationships and environment for the better. Including, working with colleagues to deliver the first Diwali celebration for CHFT where a Ganesh statue was gifted to the organisation.
Her warm, caring nature is evident in each of her interactions with colleagues, patients, and members of the public and in her collaboration with external organisations.
Additionally, Carys supported the wellbeing program through the COVID-19 pandemic. A simple 'check in / check out' at the beginning and end of every shift ensured colleagues were in the correct head space to commence their shift and allowed them to share concerns rather than take them home with them.
Carys is an ally for equality, diversity, and inclusion. She is a superb advocate, and her passion shines through. She strives to ensure everyone feels included by sharing her knowledge and by putting her energy and enthusiasm at the heart of everything she does.
She provides safe spaces for open and honest conversations for colleagues to learn from and provides support to those who attend the many peer-to-peer support groups that she hosts e.g. Pride Network; Colleague Disability Network; and Race Equality Network to name a few.
Carys is currently working on developing an EDI Education Resource. Both clinical and non-clinical colleagues have been involved. The resources are at their final stages of approval and include a pool of engaging videos.
Furthermore, Carys has hosted a Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Engagement Outreach Purpose Coalition with the Brunswick Centre for a two-day internship. She presented to a panel of LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies about suggested improvements for LGBTQ+ inclusive signage in the Trust.
She goes above and beyond her job description by offering the same kindness, empathy, and thoughtfulness to the Angels of Freedom, a community-based initiative in Leeds. As a volunteer, she provides conversations on support and social groups, activities, and events, along with just being a friendly approachable face on the bar scene for anyone wanting a chat on a Friday evening in Leeds.
The room lights up when Carys enters. Her compassion is infectious, and she has made a significant impact on staff morale and our One Culture of Care ethos at CHFT.
She is always willing to offer praise, support, and encouragement to others which builds their confidence.
Carys is much loved by all and I am exceptionally proud of her growth and achievements!