A junior doctor described as having “a genuine interest in all round care for patients who regularly goes above and beyond” is the latest proud recipient of a memorial award set up at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
The Dr Steph Clarke Award was set up in memory of much-loved Dr Steph Clarke who died from a rare form of cancer in 2019. Foundation Year doctors now vote to award a prize to the most professional, supportive and patient-orientated FY2 to both recognise and commemorate Dr Clarke’s contribution to healthcare in Walsall.
Eight nominations were received and this year’s winner is Dr Chris McDonagh who was presented with his accolade by Chief Executive Richard Beeken. Colleagues said the following about this year’s winner:
“This doctor has a genuine interest in all round care for patients and regularly goes above and beyond. There are not many doctors who would make a patient’s bed, provide mouth care or ensure nursing staff have had a drink during their shift – all things I have seen this doctor do over the last two years.”
“This doctor is reliable and knowledgeable with an incredible work ethic. This doctor strives to be the best that he can be so that he may provide the best care to patients. Always working quietly, efficiently and effectively, he remains humble and always acts in the best interests of others.”
“Well-rounded, kind and hardworking junior. A great mentor to me during my first FY1 rotation – taught me the ropes, supported me in unsure times and made that extra effort to get to know colleagues. In terms of patient contact, this doctor was always polite and built great rapport with patients and felt genuine in his concern for his patients.”
Dr Esther Waterhouse, Deputy Divisional Director for Medicine and Long Term Conditions, said: “A huge well done to Chris who clearly epitomises everything Steph stood for.
“The comments made show that he is a real asset to healthcare and we wish him well as he furthers his career, a career built on making a meaningful difference to people’s lives.”
Esther added: “It has been humbling to read the nominations, all of which refer to the values that were treasured by Steph who was such a vibrant, caring colleague. She inspired us, made us laugh, brought teams together, tackled things that needed sorting out head on, and acted in every way with her patients’ wellbeing at the forefront of her mind.
“This award is just one part of her legacy.”
Dr McDonagh said he was thrilled to receive the award.
“All of the nominees were worthy recipients so I am humbled to be chosen as the winner. I just want to be the best I can for my patients and their families and treat them as I would wish my own loved ones to be treated.”
Congratulations to the other nominees: