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10:37 AM 5th February 2020

First DAISY Award Winners Announced At Leeds Teaching Hospitals

A bereavement midwife and an oncology ward sister have been chosen as the first winners of an international nurse and midwife award scheme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals has partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honour the compassionate care of extraordinary nurses and midwives at hospitals in Leeds.

Tracy Campey and Elle Howe
Tracy Campey and Elle Howe
Tracy Campey, bereavement midwife in the antenatal department at St James’s hospital was the first winner to be announced. She was presented with her award in an emotional and moving ceremony after being nominated by the mum of a baby who was sadly stillborn.

An extract from her nomination reads: “Tracy really seemed to understand and empathise with us, and she really helped us navigate our early days of grief. She has always been there for us and I will never forget this. I would like to thank her with all our heart.”

Katie Sweeting, sister on ward J96 at Leeds Cancer Centre received nominations from two of the doctors and the matron on her ward for the excellent leadership of her team and the support she provides to patients and their families.

Sister Katie Sweeting
Sister Katie Sweeting
One of her nominations was for the care she provided to the young family of a cancer patient, going above and beyond to ensure they got to see their mum before she died.

Her colleague wrote: “This affected us all, and I know it was heart-wrenching for Katie to be so involved with. Nurses are our rocks, they are the corner stone of patient care, not just for clinical care, but emotional support as well. I'm proud to work alongside Katie.”

Lisa Grant, Chief Nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “It was a pleasure to present Tracy and Katie with their DAISY awards. We received lots of incredible nominations but these two really stood out for the difference they had made to patients and their families. The DAISY award is a fantastic way to recognise our nurses and midwives who go the extra mile to deliver compassionate care in our hospitals.”

Anyone who would like to say ‘thank you’ by sharing a story of how a nurse or midwife in Leeds has made a difference that they will never forget can make a DAISY award nomination via: www.leedsth.nhs.uk/daisy or completing a nomination form from one of the hospital reception desks.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died aged 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes family were awestruck by the clinical skills, care and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this international award to say thank you to nurses and midwives everywhere. 

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation said: "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”