Having been a part of the Physical Disability Physiotherapy Service at Abingdon Community Hospital for nearly 20 years, Lesley Hoare is described by her colleagues as the heart and soul of the team.

A clinical lead for the past eight years, Lesley is dedicated to her patients and her staff, and has earned their respect through her managerial style and her commitment to her work. She has also been instrumental in making changes that have improved patient experience, including the implementation of county-wide Parkinson’s exercise groups.

Lesley said: “I have always enjoyed the clinical aspect of my role, and working with people who live with long-term neurological conditions, I get to know some of them very well over time. I like that aspect very much.”

Helen Knott and Jo Preston, who nominated Lesley for the award, said: “Lesley is a very approachable, dedicated physiotherapist and, as well as leading the PDPS team very effectively, continues to hold a full clinical caseload.

“Her kindness and sense of fun despite the demands of a busy service, make her an exceptional manager who we all look up to and admire.”

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

Every month we recognise and reward a member of staff 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.