Covid Heroes: K

Take a look at who has been recognised as a Covid Hero with a first name that begins with K:

Kane Blackwell, peer support worker in Kirklees intensive home based treatment team

“Worked throughout the Covid 19 pandemic maintaining a frontline service and providing face to face interventions and visits.”

Karen Hodgson, team leader

“Karen has supported our team in a caring and professional manner, guiding us through all the ‘twists and turns’ around Covid, working practices, Teams, etc. She has answered my queries and concerns with good humour and I just wanted to say thank you and being able to nominate her for a Covid Hero seems a good way to do this.

“Also ,thank you, to everyone else who has supported us through this time. I don’t know all your names but see this nomination of Karen to also include the wider team and colleagues of the Trust.”

Karen Riordan, matron

“Karen is a force to be reckoned with operationally she supports best practice and safer staffing on the two rehab units here in Barnsley. But she is Covid hero has she has stepped out of her role on many occasions , screening and testing residents of Barnsley at the very start of the pandemic, supporting the mass testing of care home residents, joining in and delivering the staff and patient vaccination hub.

“Most of all taking care of her senor team colleagues at Kendray HQ , keeping the coffee, biscuits, sandwiches stocked up during our extremely long days of work over the last 18 months , morale booster for all of us always with a smile too.”

Karen Taylor, Principle Analyst

“Karen is always a very committed and motivated member of my team, however, she has really gone the extra mile during the pandemic. Karen has worked hard to support Trust testing and vaccination hubs as well as other key pieces of work to support the covid-19 response as well as keeping the Trust business as usual reporting flowing internally and externally.

“Thank you Karen as always.”

Karen Wadsworth, health care support worker in the Kirklees intensive home based treatment team

“Worked throughout the Covid 19 pandemic maintaining a frontline service and providing face to face interventions and visits.”

Kathryn Bacon, therapy assistant

“For ensuring the supply of PPE to community teams to allow us to conduct our jobs safely.”

Kelly Hallas, health care assistant

“Kelly is a very dedicated member of staff in the treatment team. She has been in throughout the pandemic, she always puts patients first and will go above and beyond her duty. Very caring and approachable always helpful, despite facing staff shortages in the department.”

Kieran Breedon, occupational health mental health nurse

“I struggle with worst case scenario anxiety, my anxiety heightened in the first lock down and unfortunately I had to go on sick leave, when my manager told me he had referred me to occupational health I was petrified, it triggered my anxiety more. However, from the moment I answered the phone to Kieran I instantly felt understood and supported. Kieran understood my anxieties reassured me and made sure my return to work wasn’t rushed, until I was mentally ready

“He referred me for counselling and between him, my councilor and my medication it gave the strength to not only leave the house, but return to work and finally apply for a job I had talked myself out of for years. I am now doing HCA in forensics and looking to start a nursing association post!

“Kieran will never know how much his selfless support as changed not only my year but my family’s.

“Thankyou Kieran your my Covid Hero!”

Kieran Sullivan, EIP peer support worker

“We want to nominate Kieran for recognition of all his hard work since starting with Calderdale EIP service which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Kieran is a peer support worker and an ex service user of the team. He has started in a role which is new to the team during the most difficult of times, despite this Kieran has taken the challenge in his stride, he has been an inspirations to others and has gone above and beyond during the pandemic. He has worked creatively to maintain engagement with service users such as running a quiz online to ensure he maintained engagement, and continues the rapport he had built while maintaining social distance. Kieran braved the cold, wet weather in the Winter months and supported a walking challenge, ensuring individuals were less isolated.

“Kieran’s drive and positivity throughout the Pandemic has been inspiring. Kieran constantly strived to go above and beyond his role, diversify and find new and contemporary ways of engaging with service user under the care of EIP.

“Kieran made the use of his time also when he produced a peers support toolkit that has been used Trust wide and passed peer support worker training to improve the role of the peer support worker, whilst improving the role he plays with EIP service users.

“Kieran has been a constant within the team, offering support to staff and service users alike, his flexibility to alter his role to the needs of the service has been excellent. When we were all finding it difficult through the lockdown period, Kieran has been able to inject some humour into Microsoft teams meeting, volunteering to organise a staff quiz via MS teams for 2020 Christmas due to team not being able to meet for Christmas get together.

“The team are very thankful for everything Kieran has done since he commenced in the team and throughout the pandemic.”

Khye Johnson, CPN in the Kirklees intensive home based treatment team

“Worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic maintaining a frontline service and providing face to face interventions and visits.”

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