A Buxton physiotherapist based at the Cavendish Hospital has been honoured for her unwavering commitment to the NHS for more than three decades.
Physiotherapist Fiona Paul has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by her NHS colleagues at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.
The 55-year-old joined the NHS 34 years ago. For nearly 25 years Fiona has been providing physiotherapy care to patients in north Derbyshire with a passion and drive which has not dimmed over the years .
“I’m so touched that my colleagues nominated me – I can’t quite believe I’ve won this,” she said.
Fiona’s dedication was acknowledged during the trust’s Extra Mile Awards 2018 ceremony at Derby’s Roundhouse on 5 July which was also the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Colleague Trish Bailey was just one of the people who put Fiona’s name forward.
She said: “Fiona has exemplified leadership and compassion in all aspects of her working life, engaging and supporting staff at all levels to realise their full potential, using her natural talent and experience to provide a rich vein of support and advice. This nomination allows us to give just a hint of the impact Fiona has had on patients, colleagues and services over a 34 year period.”
Fiona graduated as a physiotherapist in 1984 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and entered the NHS as a junior physiotherapist at the Royal Oldham Hospital.
In 1994 she was instrumental in the creation and development of physiotherapy services at Buxton Cottage Hospital. She has also been energetic in various roles within the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, including representing the profession at national committees.
Chairman Prem Singh said: “These awards are one of the most important events in our calendar, where we publicly demonstrate the value and importance of recognising all the fantastic work that goes on each day for patients. It is a chance for us to honour, thank and celebrate our amazing staff.”
The Extra Mile Awards, now in their fifth year, are open to the 4,400 staff of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust. There were over 300 nominations and 52 finalists for the 2018 awards. These are individuals and teams who have been nominated by others for their dedication and caring.