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You Made a Difference - April to May 2020

A compassionate and dedicated intensive care nurse; an innovative ward clerk who goes above and beyond daily; a highly skilled advanced paediatric dietitian held in high esteem by colleagues and patients; and a compassionate consultant gastroenterologist with real dedication to his patients and colleagues, are the winners of April to May’s You Made a Difference awards.

Katie is in green scrubs and full PPE - a facemask, face shield, apron and gloves, and is checking the tube on a piece of equipment.
Katie Bartram, staff nurse ITU

Katie Bartram, a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU), started working at CUH in September 2010.

Katie is passionate about rehabilitation in long term ICU patients and end of life care, two of the most challenging areas of critical care, and this is where Katie truly shines.

I have never seen the compassion and dedication that Katie showed on this shift caring for a chap who was initially stable but quickly deteriorated. The patient's relatives were updated by Katie constantly regarding his condition. She cared for the patient with great dignity. Nurses like Katie are hard to find.

Showing her commitment to staff morale, Katie created a "shout out" board for ICU where members of staff or visitors can leave a small note of thanks or praise to any member of staff who has helped or inspired them.

Katie is very creative and has often made bereavement cards for patients’ relatives.

Zoe is sitting at her desk on a phone call. She is wearing a face mask and a bright pink Lewin stroke and rehab ward clerk shirt.
Zoe Carter

Zoe Carter, a ward clerk for the Lewin stroke and rehab unit, has been commended for her consistent level of care to patients and their families. Her colleagues also praise her innovative spirit as she looks to improve the way the team works.

We recently had a young gentleman (60) on the ward who had a sudden and devastating stroke. Zoe organised accommodation for his wife and family. She looks for ways to make working easier. She goes above and beyond daily.

Helena wears glasses and a face mask and is stood in one of the children's waiting areas.
Helena Champion – advanced paediatric dietitian, dietetics (second win)

Helena Champion is a ketogenic dietitian and has been at CUH since 2002.

Ketogenic therapy is a high fat, low protein and low carbohydrate diet used as a treatment for epilepsy. Helena has been instrumental in the development and delivery of the regional paediatric ketogenic service since its inception in 2009.

She is a highly skilled dietitian with a focused, family-centred approach to her work. Her nomination comes from the family of one of her patients. They feel that Helena’s approach has empowered them, providing them with the confidence to support their daughter.

Helena has been a wonderful support to our family since 2016 when our daughter started the ketogenic diet as part of her treatment for epilepsy. Whenever I phoned her with a question or concern (which was often), I could always depend on a prompt, informative response. Helena puts me at ease with encouragement and empathy - she gives me the tools and support I need to feel confident and empowered in my journey to support my daughter.

This is Helena’s second “You Made A Difference” award which clearly indicates the esteem she is held in by her patients and colleagues alike.

Gareth is stood in front of a screen and some medical equipment, wearing scrubs and a face mask.
Dr Gareth Corbett – consultant, gastroenterology

Gareth Corbett is a consultant gastroenterologist and has been clinical director for digestive diseases since April 2019.

Gareth received his nomination for a You Made A Difference award for his professionalism, compassion and dedication to his patients.

Dr Corbett came into the hospital whilst on annual leave to perform an emergency lifesaving procedure on a young pregnant patient who was critically unwell with metastatic cancer. He was the only person in the Trust who could perform this procedure and without hesitation he offered to help the patient. His expertise, compassion and work ethic are second to none and he is a credit to Addenbrooke's.

Gareth always goes the extra mile, is dedicated to the care of his patients and is always available to assist colleagues.