Health and fitness instructor Sarah Strawson had a pleasant start to autumn as she learnt that she had been awarded October’s Exceptional People Award.

A recent addition to the adult physiotherapy team at the Warneford Hospital, Sarah has worked in the trust for the past ten years at Wenric House, where her former colleagues have nothing but praise for her.

Sarah has consistently shown a dedication to her patients that goes above and beyond in ensuring a positive experience, whether through the integration of weekly walking groups or in the planning of a patient triathlon. She has been instrumental in making changes that have improved the lifestyle of patients and staff alike, including the implementation of a wellbeing clinic at Wenric House which provides monthly check-ups.

Sarah said: “My favourite part of the job is being out and about with the patients. It’s great to see them increase in fitness which then increases confidence, and in turn, wanting to do more.”

“I felt very touched to have won the award; for someone you work with to have noticed and made the effort to put you forward is quite something.”

Paul Brodrick and Jane Lagun, who nominated Sarah for the award, said: “Sarah has created a positive environment at Wenric House which has helped to cultivate a space where staff and patients now routinely talk about healthy lifestyles and choices.”

“She has shown an exceptional level of perseverance and commitment to her role, and we feel that it would be timely to recognise her contribution and achievement at Wenric ward over the last 10 years.”

Sarah 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.