Practice Star 2020
In 2020, we wanted to help you say ‘Thank you!’ to someone in your team who you feel has gone the extra mile to make your practice a happy place to work. He or she may be the person who always remembers to say thank you, who remembers everyone’s birthdays and makes you all smile. Or it might be someone who went out of their way to support a colleague who was having a tough time. Perhaps they have introduced an initiative or organised an event that has made everyone’s life that much better.
In the challenging times during the Covid-19 pandemic, looking after wellbeing of staff is more important and yet more complex than ever. This was an opportunity for you to discuss positive initiatives together as a team, reflect on the great things that you are doing to help your practice wellbeing, and nominate one ‘Practice Star’ who you would particularly like to thank.
We were delighted with the number of nominees submitted, with some truly fantastic entries. All nominated Practice Stars were entered into a prize draw for the chance to receive a pair of tickets to VMG-SPVS Congress 2021. The lucky winners were:
- Hannah Brown, Patient Care Assistant for Medivet Stapleton in Nottinghamshire. Hannah was nominated by Medivet Area Manager Grainne Freeman for being ‘a superstar during the times of Covid’, having helped out in various different sites ‘without any fuss’ and ‘making a huge difference to the teams she has helped’.
- Jessica Hewitt, Head Veterinary Nurse at the George Vet Group in Wiltshire. Group Director Linda Belton, who is also a member of RCVS Council, said that Jessica had recently received the group’s ‘Going the extra mile’ award because of the positive impact she has on her team. In particular she praised how she ‘leads and manages with integrity, humour, compassion and drive’ and how she cares for the team and the animals under their care.
- Michelle Boyer from the Client Care Team of Pennard Vets in Kent. Director Dr Caroline Collins says that Michelle is ‘always there for you, she always tries her best to make everyone happy and she is the most compassionate person I’ve ever met.’