The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Maternity Care

Celebrating our nurses and midwives through the DAISY Foundation

22 July 2020

Last week we saw four members of staff chosen as the winners of an international nurse and midwife scheme. We are proud to be partnered with the DAISY Foundation to honour the compassionate care of extraordinary nurses and midwives at our hospitals. Chief Nurse Lisa Grant and Chief Executive Julian Hartley took part in a socially distanced awards presentation to congratulate the winners.

Daisy awards winners

Rachel Gallagher, a nurse on Cardiac ICU Ward L4, was nominated by a patient who was taken to Cardiac ICU after only just giving birth. Feeling very anxious being separated from her new-born son the patient said: “Rachel made what was a really hard time for me a million times easier and has no idea how fabulous she is. I will never be able to thank her enough.”

Karen Waterhouse in Surgical Pre-assessment at LGI was nominated by a colleague for her leadership skills, keeping staff informed even when they were self-isolating. Karen made sure everyone was as up to date as she was and arranged for staff to gain training that they needed to feel more confident. The nomination read: “I am grateful to have had such a strong and competent manager during this time, and want her to be recognised for what she does and how she goes above and beyond for her team at all times.”

Faye Johnson on Ward J09 was also nominated by colleagues due to Faye agreeing to move from J14 in order to support the J09 team (Cardiorespiratory). Taking this step demonstrates Faye’s willingness to go above and beyond to work collaboratively and for the best of the Trust. The nomination said: “Faye is a great leader whose positive attitude is contagious to those around her. Faye is a true example of the Leeds Way [and] we feel that she should be recognised through DAISY for all her invaluable contributions to nursing and team building.”

Hollie Bishop, a midwife at St James’s, was nominated by a mother on the post-natal ward who was having problems feeding her baby. The nomination said: “Hollie’s demeanour was so warm and welcoming, I was instantly at ease with her and a rapport was soon to follow. Hollie spoke to me in a manner that was relatable, supportive, and uplifting. Her manner alone empowered me to have the skills and mental outlook to continue. She is a credit to the Trust and a fantastic midwife!”

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: or completing a nomination form from one of the hospital reception desks. Anyone can nominate – including colleagues!