Rebecca finds a DAISY in the Orchard

Oxford Health mental health nurse Rebecca Jones received a massive surprise when she went to a quick staff meeting at the Orchard Health Centre in Banbury.

Rebecca finds a DAISY in the Orchard

She and her colleagues filed into a room where others that couldn’t be there in person were joining via Teams. Marie Crofts and Britta Klinck were there too as the meeting had been called so that they could relay some very important information about the DAISY awards.

So far, so normal…

It was only when Marie informed those present that someone in the room, Rebecca Jones, was going to be receiving a DAISY award that the purpose of the special visit became clear.

The DAISY Awards is an international recognition programme that honours and celebrates the skilful and compassionate care provided by nurses and midwives each day.

The nomination reads: “Rebecca has taken the time to engage with my daughter due to her disability, it has at times been a challenge. She has shown compassion and the utmost patience with strategies for my daughter.

“Rebecca is always consistent and follows through with what she has agreed with both myself and my daughter which is so important for someone with autism.

“At any time I have a question or a concern, Rebecca will always find the time in her already busy day to speak to me and offer advice, or just be there to validate how I have felt as a parent with a neuro diverse daughter – as this is also all new to me.

“I really don’t know what I would have done without the continued support of Rebecca – she will always stand out to me as someone who has gone above and beyond her duty and I feel very lucky to have her involved during this challenging and difficult time!”

Rebecca said: “My job involves working with young people under the age of 18 with a range of mental health difficulties in order to offer treatments. I have worked in Banbury since I qualified so I have been here for years!

“It was a real shock to be presented with the award as I wasn’t aware of what was going on. It’s such a nice thing to happen as feedback from families means so much.

“If anyone out there is thinking of making a DAISY nomination please do – it is so nice to know that you are making a difference to people’s lives and it also helps to motivate already committed nurses about the work that they do.”

Britta Klinck said: “It is always a pleasure to present a DAISY award – the mixture of surprise followed by disbelief and then appreciation of the fact that someone has valued their work so much that they want them to win is wonderful to see.

“Each and every winner represents just how valuable and amazing our nursing workforce is at Oxford Health. There are more winners out there so I would urge anyone who receives care excellent and compassionate care from one of nurses to nominate them for a DAISY.”

To find out more about the DAISY awards and how to make a nomination visit this page.

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Published: 29 July 2022