With celebrations underway for our beloved NHS’ 70th birthday, two Oxford Health staff will be heading to London to help mark the occasion at a special ceremony in Westminster Abbey.

Lizzie Coss (pictured on left), a clinical development lead with our District Nursing Team at Abingdon Community Hospital, and Jo Preston, a physiotherapist working within our Physical Disabilities Physiotherapy Service, were specially chosen to attend the event.

Lizzie and Jo were specially selected from the thousands of Oxford Health staff to represent the trust at the ceremony, which will be attended by representatives from all 223 NHS trusts.

Lizzie was chosen after her good work at the trust was highlighted back in January when she won the trust’s monthly Exceptional People Award.

As well as her role as Clinical Development Lead, Lizzie also acts as one of the trust’s Wellbeing Champions and she has passion for improving staff morale.

Her award recognised her success in reducing her team’s 65% vacancy rate to 100% retention through a range of initiatives. She leads by example and values the contribution every member of staff makes to the trust’s overall aim of providing outstanding care.

Sadly, Lizzie is retiring this year and we felt it was a fitting tribute to her and her hard work that she attended today’s event on our behalf.

Our other attendee at today’s special event, Jo (pictured on right), was a winner at last year’s Staff Recognition Awards, where she scooped the Recognising Innovation and Excellence Award.

Jo is a passionate physiotherapist, who has created an innovative exercise programme designed to improve both physical function and psychological wellbeing.

Her work has reached beyond the patients she sees here at Oxford Health and is now benefitting people across the whole of the county.

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