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You Made a Difference - December 2021

An extremely talented carpenter and a super supportive ward manager are the winners of December’s You Made a Difference awards.

Robert is stood at his work bench with some tools and some of his work
Robert Repassy, carpenter

Robert joined the Hotel Services team at CUH in 2015 before applying for a position on the carpentry team, where he is a very valued member. Since then, the team has greatly benefited from Robert’s energy and skills. His typical day is varied and consists of corrective works around the Trust as well as emergency works.

Robert is fire door certificated, essential in keeping our staff and patients safe.

Although Robert has many talents, he has a particular love for engraving and laser works, with which he has made gifts, trinkets and decorations for our staff and younger patients to enjoy. For example, Robert made some incredible wooden decorations for the children on Ward C2 last Hallowe’en. He is learning how to prepare access keys and aspires to add locksmithing to his skills, which will complement his role even further.

Robert shows a real passion to adapt to any circumstance and will do what is necessary to achieve the best results. Well done Rob!

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

“People are getting to know Rob now and always email the estates reception to say what a wonderful job he has done and how polite and obliging he always is, nothing is too much trouble for him.”

Robert always goes above and beyond in his job role. Robert will always find an alternative option to solve an issue and is always so positive and happy in his approach. Robert is always professional and shows compassion when attending our ward.

He is a credit to the hospital and very much respected.

Cathy is stood on her ward, in front of a rainbow on the wall, holding her you made a difference certificate
Cathy Slynn, ward manager, Charles Wolfson Ward

Cathy has been ward manger on the Charles Wolfson Ward for the past two years.

As ward manager, Cathy leads a team of nurses and nursery nurses in caring for babies and families and works with many teams across maternity, neonatal and paediatric services.

Cathy leads her team with great passion and enthusiasm and is always supportive, kind and compassionate. She always makes time for staff and makes everyone feel valued and appreciated.

Extracts of Cathy’s nomination said:

“In the last year Cathy has been the kindest and most supportive manager to me.”

She has gone above and beyond to ensure I got the help and support I needed, always checking in on me and my well-being. She has been so understanding, encouraging and caring towards me.

Cathy has raised the morale of staff to such a high level and made such a difference to the ward and I feel she really deserves this recognition.

Her door is always open, nothing is too much trouble and she will go above and beyond for her staff where she can! Cathy is an absolute legend!