Wendy – our most ever nominated ‘exceptional person’!

Wendy Matshazi, Learning and Development Lead for Nursing Associates, has won the Exceptional People Award for being “instrumental in the success” of our International Nurse training programme – winning a record-breaking 27 nominations from colleagues.

Wendy – our most ever nominated ‘exceptional person’!

Wendy won the award this March for her “unwavering support” for nurses transitioning from their home country to the UK and preparing them for their registration exams here. Wendy has developed their induction and exam preparation programme from scratch, enabling more than 100 nurses to pass their exams and join the Trust.

CEO Dr Nick Broughton congratulated her at the ceremony at Trust HQ at Littlemore on Monday, saying her 27 nominations from international nurse recruits and other colleagues were unprecedented in the history of the awards.

Becky Elsworth, Apprenticeship Manager, one of those who nominated her, wrote:

“Wendy has been instrumental in the success of our training programme. Compassionate, energetic and relentlessly positive, Wendy consistently considers the needs of our learners. These qualities have led to such successful outcomes for our nurses, the clinical teams and the Trust.”

Another, Diane Woodward, Nursing Workforce Transformation Manager said:

“Our nurses always comment on the amazing and unwavering support that they have received from Wendy. When they are doubting their ability to pass the OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), she is relentlessly positive. When nurses receive the message that they have not passed, she is the first person they call for support. She helps them to see their skills, experience and abilities and provides reassurance at a very lonely time away from their families and friends in their home country.”

Talking after the ceremony, Wendy said:

“I got really emotional. I was just in awe hearing the nominations, it was mind-blowing. When you’re just doing your job, you don’t understand the impact of your work and how it’s changed people’s lives.”

Wendy, who came to the UK as a nurse from Zimbabwe, six years ago, added: “I feel appreciated and really motivated because my efforts have been recognised by the organisation. I feel I really want to do the best I can.”

Wendy with her certificate

Nominate now!

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.



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Published: 7 March 2023