Sarah Budden, Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control, was one of several colleagues that put forward the nomination for Jo. Sarah explains: “Jo joined the newly integrated Infection Prevention and Control team during the height of the Covid pandemic. Throughout this time of great change and uncertainty, Jo has provided support, stability and expert advice to the team, both collectively, through clear leadership, and on a one-to-one basis. At the same time, she has provided knowledge and evidence to further instil confidence in the decisions made by other teams across our hospitals.”
“Jo’s wealth of knowledge, her positive attitude and her approachable manner, have quickly made her an integral part of the team,” Sarah continues. “Taking on a leadership role as the infection control team across RCHT and CFT was in a state of ongoing integration, was a great challenge, but Jo has led the team exceptionally well, personally supporting each of us through an incredibly difficult eighteen-months, and ensuring that the team is doing everything we possibly can to support both patients and colleagues across our hospitals.”
“Jo is remarkable with her infection control knowledge,” explains infection prevention and control specialist nurse Rashima Hamdan. “When Jo is with the team there is a great respect, which is absolutely reciprocated. High performance and commitment are demonstrated by all with leadership that is inclusive and respectful, and that is definitely the case here. As a team we trust Jo, who has continually encouraged us to feel confident, supported and happy in our work, even when dealing with the obvious and unavoidable pressures that the pandemic has provided.”
Speaking about the shortlisting, Jo adds:
“I am thrilled and humbled to have been nominated by my team for this award. I joined the team in November 2020, during an unprecedented time for Infection prevention and control teams, and was made welcome from day one. I hope I can bring this award back to Cornwall, as for me it demonstrates how our team effort and support for each other has made us stronger and more resilient.”
Finalists will find out if they have won, live, at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards ceremony, which is taking place on Wednesday 17 November 2021.