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You Made a Difference award winners - April

21 May 2018
Colin Hamilton and Zoe Garnish with the deserved winners of the You Made a Difference Award for April.

Colin Hamilton, senior clinical specialist practitioner, was nominated by colleagues for the ‘massive difference’ he makes on a daily basis to patients and staff, through his paediatric physiotherapy work. His colleagues believe he is ‘truly passionate about neurological rehab in children and his huge enthusiasm, infectious optimism, knowledge, ability to motivate patients and support their families and carers has made him a skilled practitioner and a very valued member of the multi-disciplinary team.’

Colin recently completed a Master’s Degree in Research where his dissertation project was centred around the subject of brain injury in children and its impact on family life. Colleagues said: ‘he is committed to embedding research into his work as a physio, to improve outcomes for all the children he treats.

Hi nomination form read, ‘Colin continuously goes above and beyond for all staff and patients on the ward.  No matter how busy he is, Colin will always have time to lend a hand, especially when it comes to hoisting and changing patients. He is a great member of our team and can always be counted on. One shift, I was incredibly busy and had hoped to get a patient up, washed and dressed before his physio session.  When I next went into this patient, Colin had already washed, changed, dressed and got the patient into his chair. Throughout this same day he also helped us to problem solve many issues.’

Colin started his physiotherapy career at Addenbrooke’s in 2008 and, for the last six years, has been specialising in paediatrics. His work involves treating children with a wide variety of conditions and illnesses, both in inpatient and outpatient settings.


Dietician, Zoe Garnish presented with You Made a Difference Award for April

Zoe's colleagues describe her  as ‘a kind and thoughtful member of staff who clearly demonstrates the Trust values.’ They also say that she frequently goes ‘over and above’ to help out her patients if she can find a solution to assist them and her nomination for this award clearly reflects this.

Her colleagues said: ‘we had a Lithuanian patient who became very depressed having been on the ward for a long while. He stopped eating, lost a substantive amount of weight and became very withdrawn but, along with the interpreter, Zoe brought this man back to life.  She arranged special deliveries from Tesco; ensured food was always available for him and went above and beyond.  Without Zoe this patient would have continued to deteriorate but now he is gaining weight, sitting in his chair and interacting again. Zoe deserves this recognition and from all staff on ward D10 we cannot thank her enough for her time and effort.’

Zoe started at the Trust in September 2017 as a newly qualified Band 5 dietician. Her remit now covers renal transplant outpatients, acute medicine, care of the elderly, orthopaedics and infectious diseases.