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You Made a Difference team award - June 2021

June's You Made a Difference team award goes to the D2 team.

Ward D2 team are gathered together, wearing masks, proudly displaying their You Made a Difference certificate
Ward D2 team

Ward D2 is a multi-specialty paediatric ward with a team of 50 nursing and allied health staff and which accepts children aged 0 to 16 with a range of medical and surgical health conditions.

On any given day the team looks after children with acute, high dependency needs alongside children with complex, long-term life limiting conditions.

The nomination said:

It is difficult to explain and articulate exactly what it is that makes D2 such a special place. I wish I could capture it, bottle it and share it around.

Why and how does a ward that takes care of children and families often in their darkest times manage to retain its incredible warmth and spirit? The only definite answer to this is the formidable team…. ‘The D2 Ducks’.

They work tirelessly and courageously to ensure our children and families are looked after in a way that we would wish our own children to be cared for.

Their sense of teamwork is unique and I believe stems from working under high levels of pressure and stress, learning to be flexible and adaptive in their approach to the work.

We know that D2 and its demands are bigger than any of us as individuals and the ONLY way the ward can work is if everybody works together. Together we are stronger, more resilient and able to deal with whatever each new day throws at us.

We work on D2 because we love our ward, we are proud of it and feel privileged to be the ones to nurture our children back to health.

The winning nomination said of the team:

The whole team on ward D2 has been amazing. They have cared for young people, providing a caring and nurturing environment preparing and getting them physically and emotionally fit.

The team has always been professional and caring making sure that their vulnerable group of patients do not feel isolated but making them feel supported and cared for. I feel so proud of them as a team.

Thank you to this amazing team; for making a difference to our young patients by giving them a safe haven in times of difficulty, for making a difference to each other in the team, by looking after each other, for making a difference to CUH, knowing we can trust them to step up and care for these patients.