Elisabeth’s BEE award is a sweet surprise

Congratulations to Elisabeth Knowles – the latest winner of the Trust’s BEE Awards for Allied Health Professionals.

Elisabeth’s BEE award is a sweet surprise

Elisabeth is the City lead for speech and language therapy based at East Oxford Health Centre.

She said: “I was very surprised and very honoured.

“It was lovely as we had a whole team meeting which we hadn’t had for a long time. I wasn’t expecting anything unusual, but they produced the BEE Award and I was very touched.

“The award is a wonderful thing but I see it as recognition for my colleagues too. We are a small team and, like everyone at the Trust, have had difficulties during Covid. But we are also a great team and have risen to the challenges.

“I would urge people to make a nomination. It is really nice to have something specific like the BEE Awards to showcase what Allied Health Professionals do.”

Elisabeth started working for Oxford Health in September 2002 when she qualified. She had previously worked in teaching, as a teaching assistant in a language unit before studying for a Masters at Reading.

Nominated for expert knowledge and compassion

The nomination said: “Over the past year Beth has worked tirelessly to support all the members of her speech and language therapy team in the city of Oxford throughout a challenging and unsettling period.

“Beth is both compassionate and kind and has always strived to keep the best interests of her team in mind. This has led to her taking on additional responsibility above and beyond the limitations of her role.

“She has an expert knowledge across a wide range of areas, and routinely demonstrates this when offering second opinions to staff as needed. We feel that it is clear Beth is a clear embodiment of the spirit of the Bee awards. As a team, we would be honoured that she receives this award as a symbol of our gratitude for all the support and dedicated service that she has given us over the years.”

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Published: 8 February 2023