#TeamCRH colleague shortlisted in regional inclusivity and diversity awards

Pancy Jose, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and Clinical Operations Matron has been shortlisted in the Midlands Inclusivity and Diversity Award Scheme (MIDAS), which recognises new and excellent ways of working by NHS staff, managers, and leaders across the region.

Nominated by Hailey Pottinger, Improvement Programme Lead at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Pancy was shortlisted in the ‘Unsung Star’ category which recognises an individual who has shown others in their organisation the importance of diversity, race equality, and has worked to make a difference or inspired others.

Pancy joined Chesterfield Royal Hospital in 2001 as one as the first cohort of International Nurses from India. Over the last 21 years, Pancy has become universally held in high regard for being an authentic, compassionate leader who has shown a real commitment to race equality and inclusion.

Pancy’s wealth of experience as a nurse saw her become a respected clinical leader as Clinical Operations Matron at night; her innate personal qualities and values has resulted in her becoming the ‘go to’ person in terms of improving cultural inclusion.

Hailey said: “Pancy has an outstanding list of achievements and contribution to the NHS and Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including personally supporting international nurses in work and in her own time throughout all stages of their career, including the creation of the Trust’s programme for the induction of nurses. This is a valuable piece of work for the Trust and our colleagues, and Pancy’s help, and support is hugely recognised.

“Pancy also supports with the Trust’s Race Equality and Cultural Inclusion Network by working with colleagues highlighting the crucial role international colleagues play in the NHS. Throughout all this work alongside her clinical role, Pancy supported the Trust’s Freedom to Speak Up agenda as a champion, and then was successfully recruited as FTSU Guardian in spring 2022.”

Hailey’s nomination included quotes from colleagues throughout the organisation, which enhances the ‘Unsung Star’ nomination for Pancy.

One colleague said: “Pancy has a gentle, non-judgemental approach which includes providing insight to others regarding the importance of belonging and inclusion for all of our colleagues. It's a pleasure to work with Pancy - she has taught me so much.”

Another second quote from a colleague said: “She has quiet authority and commands the respect of those with whom she speaks because we all know that she always has her colleagues at the forefront of her mind.”

Upon receiving her nomination Pancy said: “I am so grateful to Hailey for nominating me in the ‘unsung star’ category for the Midlands Inclusivity and Diversity Award Scheme – I am very honoured to represent Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and my colleagues. It has been a real team effort, and we still have a lot more to do to build upon our equality and inclusion – but I am excited of what we have achieved together so far and the plans we have for the future.”

The MIDAS award ceremony will take place on Friday, 18 November.