Oxford Health’s Jemma Smolicz was pleasantly surprised to learn she had been selected as the March winner of the trust’s Exceptional People Award.

Jemma, who is a support worker at Cotswold House, Marlborough, has been described as caring, confident and enthusiastic in her approach to patient care.

Carol Bennett, who nominated Jemma for the award, said: “She is a very dedicated member of the team who we have seen develop in all aspects of her role and is now an exceptional support worker and community worker.

“Whilst Jemma may simply tell you she does her job, she goes beyond what is expected and should be recognised for this.”

In addition to providing outstanding care and support for people with eating disorders, Jemma has also introduced a weekly relaxation group that “provides a safe haven for patients and staff” to find peace after the stresses of their week.

She is known on the ward for her kind, calming and professional approach to care.

Upon learning of her award, Jemma said: “My favourite part of the job is working with an amazing team that genuinely cares so much about our patients and each other.

“It was such a lovely surprise to find out I had been nominated.”

Jemma will receive a certificate and our thanks for her valued service to the trust and patients.

Every month we recognise and reward a team or staff member that has made a real difference to the trust, our people and our patients. Nominations are welcome from staff, service users, patients, or friends and family of service users and patients. If you would like to nominate someone exceptional you can download a form here.