12 May 2017
Blooming marvellous – NUH announces first DAISY Award winners
A 'brilliant' nurse and a 'lifesaving' midwife have become the
first UK acute hospital winners of an international award after
being nominated by patients.
Oncology Nurse Sharon Leighton and Community Midwife Julie
Tarbitt have become the first DAISY Award winners at Nottingham
University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The pair were nominated by grateful patients who were moved to
say thank you.
Sharon said: "I had heard about the awards but it was a big
shock and surprise, I was massively flattered. For me the most
important thing was that the family were there when I got the
award. For someone to read their words and to hear what they had to
say makes it all worthwhile.
"I was lost for words but it was really emotional. It reflects
the team work on the ward - it's everybody that deserves this
"I think the DAISY award is a lovely thing. It is always good
when we recognise the positive."
NUH is the first acute trust in the UK to be supported by the
DAISY Foundation - an international programme set up to recognise
the contribution of nurses and midwives the world over. Each month
a winner is chosen at City Hospital and at Queen's Medical
Sharon was nominated by a patient's daughter who commented on
how much support Sharon has given not only to her father but to the
whole family throughout his treatment.
The patient's daughter said: "Sharon and all the staff on
Oncology Day case at NUH are absolutely amazing and
"My father has to currently visit the ward on a weekly basis due
to his illness and we now class the team as part of our family. She
has been an absolute rock for my mum and is always there to support
when needed and to explain what the treatment plan is going to be,
even contacting the oncologist directly on behalf of us when we
were not sure what was happening.
"Without Sharon and the team on the ward, my father's experience
would be different, they have made this difficult time bearable and
have made my father laugh even on his bad days, so for that we are
Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, said: "The DAISY Awards
focus on what nurses and midwives do every day, providing
clinically excellent and compassionate care to patients and their
families. It's a wonderful way to recognise their tireless efforts
and recognise their accomplishments.
"Sharon and Julie really embody the spirit of what great care
is. It was obvious from their nominations that this is more than a
job to them and they truly believe in what they are
Community midwife Julie Tarbitt was nominated for her DAISY
Award for the care she gave to a patient who was experiencing
severe post-natal depression.
"Julie truly saved my life," commented the patient. "Following
the birth of my daughter she visited me at home and I sat there and
cried and cried.
"Julie got me some breakfast and a cup of tea. She waited until
my mum and husband arrived so I wasn't alone. She looked after my
baby. She hugged us all. "She talked to me about extra support from
the mother and baby unit at the QMC and I agreed I wanted to go in
"She made phone calls and made a referral and made sure my
family knew who to call should we need help. She even visited me on
the ward. I felt supported and cared for and I'm in a much better
"Being a midwife doesn't seem like just a job for Julie. She
throws her heart and soul into it and she really does make a huge
difference to her patients' lives".
Sharon and Julie were given surprise presentations this week by
colleagues. At the ceremonies they were presented with a special
'Healer's Touch' sculpture and their stories will be shared on the
DAISY Foundation website.
The DAISY Foundation set up the DAISY Award for Extraordinary
Nurses recognition program in America. It was established following
the death of the founder's husband who wanted to create an
initiative that could say thank you to nurses everywhere for the
work that they do. The foundation currently operates in 2,500
healthcare facilities in 15 different countries.
NUH presented the awards this week to coincide with
International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses
Day (12 May). Ongoing the scheme will enable patients, relatives
and colleagues to recognise the outstanding work of nurses and
midwives at NUH on a monthly basis.
NUH has celebrated International Day of the Midwife and
International Nurses Day by delivering cakes to each of the wards,
hosting conferences on improving patient care and a celebration
event for international nurses. On Saturday the hospital is hosting
a Nurses League Tea Party for current and retired nurses.
Nominations for NUH's DAISY Award can be made by completing and
posting the nomination cards on wards and in public areas into the
DAISY post boxes or by emailing DAISY.Awards@nuh.nhs.uk.
More information on DAISY can be found here.