David Fitzpatrick, Clinical Site Manager at Worthing Hospital has been named October’s Star of the Month for upholding and exceeding outstanding care to support patients, colleagues and the hospital.
During a very challenging day at the hospital, David embodied UHSussex values of compassion, respect and professionalism admirably by helping those around him, under extremely demanding circumstances.
David works as a Clinical Site Manager which entails the responsibility of a smooth-running site, this involves bed management, a safe level of staffing, patient transfers, attending emergencies and security alerts.
Alongside his usual tasks of the day, David dealt with an extremely busy emergency department and a difficult situation where he showed courage and determination to deal with an issue in a safe way, protecting patients, colleagues and others who were around him.
David was nominated and presented with a certificate and gift card by Worthing Hospital Director Stephen Mardlin and Hospital Director of Nursing, Tori Cooper for his commitment to going above and beyond.
During the surprise presentation, Stephen said: “Your approach to leading the site in a calm and compassionate manner and always striving for the highest standards is second to none. Thank you for your continuous commitment to UHSussex.”
Tori added: “David always goes above and beyond for his colleagues and patients. He has a calm approach to leading the site and supporting his colleagues with care, compassion and kindness. David is constantly striving to do what is right and has high standards, he is an excellent colleague.
The Star of the Month award recognises the commitment and dedication of colleagues who give a service that is over and above what is expected of them to make a difference to patients, visitors and their colleagues.
David has worked at the Trust for over 20 years and has dealt with numerous ‘out of the blue moments’, from floodings, fires and even wild animals in the building!
On winning Star of the Month, David said:
It meant a lot to me to receive this award, especially from Stephen and Tori. It is always nice to be recognised and I was in complete shock when I found out because I felt like I was only doing my job! My colleagues who were working that day helped a lot with the challenging situations, it was very much a team effort from the emergency, security and site team colleagues.
If you know an individual, colleague, team or volunteer who has gone above and beyond why not nominate them for a Star of the Month award.