You Made a Difference - October

27 November 2019
An outstanding consultant neurologist and a healthcare assistant who epitomises our values are the winners of October’s You Made a Difference awards.


Peter Martin, began working at Cambridge University Hospitals in December 1998 and during this time has contributed to all aspects of the neurology service in Cambridge, including his subspecialty interest in stroke and neurovascular disorders.

Peter leads by example and with his calm approach, willingness to help and ability to communicate with all members of the department, is a great mentor to his colleagues and trainees at all levels.

Peter has a passion for old tractors and it is not uncommon to meet one of his patients and be asked, 'how's Dr Martin getting on with that old Massey Ferguson?' which may explain the number of tractor magazines in the neurology waiting rooms at Addenbrooke’s!

This is reflected in the winning nomination, extracts of which told us:

“I'm a GP in Suffolk and had to contact Dr Martin regarding an elderly frail patient with a complex neurological problem. He went above and beyond for a patient who wasn't under his care and for a GP colleague in a different county he'd never met. I'm incredibly grateful for his caring attitude - he's an asset to your hospital.”

Healthcare assistant Elliot Oakley joined Ward A4 in 2018, having previously been a housekeeper.

Elliot has risen to the challenges of his first patient care role and remains positive and motivated to become a nurse.

This is reflected in the winning nomination, extracts of which told us:

“It is immediately obvious that Elliot is someone patients like and trust and it is clear that he cares about his patients. He talks very clearly and steadily so that patients understand, and doesn’t mind repeating things to help patients make sense of their surroundings”.

He was very kind and explained everything that would be taking his place. If I were in hospital I would love to be cared for by Elliot.”