District Nursing student Becky Westwood has certainly made her mark, and her Walsall team extremely proud, receiving a top award for being an “outstanding” student.
Becky, who works in the South 2 Locality Team based at Broadway Medical Centre, received the Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize. This accolade acknowledges the top performing student in the District Nurse programme and is a significant achievement.
The mother-of-two, from Willenhall, said she was “shocked and surprised” to win.
“I absolutely love my job and am really pleased that I applied for a secondment with Community Nursing,” said Becky who has been with the Trust since 2005. She formerly worked as a Community Staff Nurse and within the Tissue Viability Team.
“I’d just been getting on with my coursework really and trying to do my best. Putting patients first is all I concentrate on – if they’re getting the best care and support they can that’s all that matters. But it is lovely to have won the award because it’s that recognition that I am passionate about what I do and committed to this.”
The 38-year-old spends her free time enjoying activities with her family and says she won’t let her award go to her head: “We’re all very grounded and I work in a brilliant team.”
Team leader Kelly Leek added: “This is a special award and we’re so thrilled for Becky. Our patients are definitely in fantastic hands.”
The award was created in memory of Philip Goodeve-Docker who, while raising funds for the Queen’s Nursing Institute in Greenland, became trapped in a polar storm and died before help arrived.