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Bus Named After Award Winning Nottingham Nurse

3 months ago Fri 24th May 2019

Deborah Spence Bus Naming

A Nottingham mum who has worked at Nottingham City Hospital for over 20 years has had a Nottingham City Transport (NCT) bus named after her, after winning a special award to celebrate the NHS’s 70th anniversary.

Deborah Spence, Deputy Team Leader in Urology at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), was the winner of the prestigious Chair’s Award at the hospitals’ staff awards, and her prize is a bus named after her.

Deborah was chosen as the winner for the exceptional work she has done to mentor and teach the Theatre stars of the future (known as student Operational Department Practitioners (ODPs)). She also works tirelessly to improve the urology service to further improve patient and staff experience at NUH, including admissions to urology theatres to ensure it runs more smoothly for patients and staff.

Deborah said: “I was not expecting to win let alone have a bus named after me. I feel well and truly blessed to not only work for such a fantastic organisation. I am privileged to be able to work closely with students helping to shape and mould them in their future careers as they progress to be part of the NHS.”

The new NCT bio-gas bus, which has Deborah’s name and face on it, is one of many buses that reduce CO2 emissions by up to 84% compared to a brand new diesel double decker bus.

The Trust’s Chair, Eric Morton, selected Deborah as the winner of the special NHS 70 Award, which is kindly sponsored by NCT.

Eric said: “The NHS 70 Award recognises those who showcase NUH values and behaviours in everything they do, from the care that they show to our patients to their approach to challenges, and Deborah’s nomination stood out from all of the others to me.

“We are grateful to Nottingham City Transport for sponsoring the award and for naming one of their buses after our deserving winner, Deborah Spence; a partnership that puts NUH right into the heart of our local community.”

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’d like to thank our ongoing corporate partners Nottingham City Transport for sponsoring this award and kindly offering to name a bus after the winner. We’d also like to congratulate Deborah once again for her well-deserved win. We look forward to seeing Deborah’s face and name on the bus as it passes through the City Hospital!”

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager said, “Congratulations to Deborah on winning the NHS 70 Award and NCT are very proud to name one of its new low emission buses after such a high achieving local NHS employee!”

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