Congratulations to Gemma Hayes, a nurse from Caroline Thorpe Ward, who has scooped a top award in the Paediatric Awards for Training Achievements – Devon and Cornwall, otherwise known as the PAFTAs.
Gemma (pictured) won the prize for Nursing Role Model of the Year.
Her nomination said: “Gemma is an amazing band six lead for PHDU. She is so supportive to all of her colleagues and families. She has gone up and above for planning for COVID-19 in March to ensure PHDU was ready for this and that staff were trained up. She is an amazing teacher and educator. She is a great advocate for patients and families in PHDU and on the ward. All staff admire her love, dedication and skills of and for the job.
“As Band 6 HDU Lead Gemma demonstrates great leadership skills, ensuring the unit is well equipped, supporting and teaching staff to feel confident and competent to take on HDU care. Liaising with the SW network to ensure our Unit provides contemporary safe patient care.”
The nomination goes on to say: “Gemma is an amazing nurse, colleague and person. Her commitment and dedication to the children and young people, ward and team is inspirational and encourages others to always be at their best.”
Gemma said: “I feel very privileged to be nominated and selected to win Nurse Role Model for the Peninsula. This year has certainly been challenging; however, I felt it has brought us closer as a team. I could not have won this award without the support and encouragement from our amazing team, and I feel very proud to work on Caroline Thorpe and for NDDH.
“Camilla Kingdom, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics, who presented some awards on the night summed up for me how important it is to be part of a team and captured what the PAFTA’s are about
‘I am, because we are’
“I would like to congratulate all my other colleagues who were also nominated for awards and thank everyone within the paediatric team for all their hard work and dedication.”