17 February 2022

Matron wins ‘Hero of the Month’ award

Rachel Cottingham, who works as a Matron in the Edgerton Ward at Conquest Hospital, has won our ‘Hero of the Month’ award.

Medical Director, David Walker with Matron Rachel Cottingham

Rachel was nominated for this award by Nikita Rodda, Staff Nurse on Edgerton Ward. Nikita said: “Rachel is the matron on Egerton ward, the ward is a credit to Rachel and all the hard work she puts in. I have been working with Rachel for over seven years and she is the most patient staff member I have ever met.

“She is always at work early and always the last one to leave from the day shift. She is always approachable, and has been known to have a queue of staff waiting to ask her question about one thing or another.  She always has the patient’s best interest at heart and works hard to make sure the staff are following latest and most up to date training.

“Rachel’s knowledge and skills are very apparent when you work with her, she always makes time for students, new members are staff and even existing members of staff, helping us fill out forms for university courses or anything we have a problem with really, she’s there to help. You will struggle to find a better matron than Rachel.”

Medical Director, David Walker presented Rachel with a certificate and a love to shop voucher.

The ‘Hero of the Month’ award recognises the great work of colleagues who demonstrate how our values are lived out as part of everyday working life.

Each month, members of staff nominate their colleagues for this award. Eight Divisional heroes of the month are then selected by divisional leads, and these nominations go forward to be selected as our overall ‘Hero of the Month’ by the Trust Executive.