UCLH volunteer praised by Theresa May 

12/07/2018 00:00 
The "tremendous" work of one our volunteers has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

Amanda Tata, a complementary therapist, has received one of the Prime Minister’s Points of Light awards. These are given to outstanding volunteers in recognition of the difference they make to the lives of others.

In a letter to Amanda in the week of the NHS’s 70th  birthday, Theresa May said: “You are having a tremendous impact on patients and staff at University College Hospital.

“The complementary therapies you provide give them the opportunity to take some time away from their day and relax.

“By also training other professionals to donate their skills in this way you will reach even more people across the hospital.

“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, I want to wish you the very best with your initiative as you continue to support staff and patients alike.”

Amanda gives therapies including massage and reflexology to around 200 patients a year and has recruited and trained a team of 12 to expand the service.

Staff don’t miss out, with Amanda gifting massages to them when they are on their breaks.

Amanda, who was also a winner at UCLH’s annual staff awards, said: “I am honoured to receive this award and do so proudly in the knowledge that I am part of the volunteer complementary therapist corps of the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.

“I have a strong commitment to bringing the benefits of touch, including reflexology and related massage therapy, to a hospital environment and I am delighted for this to be recognised.

“I have been able to see at first-hand how effective and potent massage can be in supporting patients through an often stressful and/or lonely period in hospital.

“Their families and friends also appreciate that the health and wellbeing needs of their loved ones are being considered from a holistic point of view.

“My next goal is to develop massage provision to the clinical staff, as this will both boost their wellbeing and offer potentially significant enhancement to the clinical environment.”

Flo Panel-Coates, UCLH’s chief nurse, said:Amanda’s passion for supporting our patients and staff is infectious and her commitment and drive shine through in everything she does.

“We are extremely proud to have such an amazing team of volunteers – and to have Amanda as part of it. 

“She really epitomises our values of kindness and teamwork and we are delighted that she has won this award.”

A spokesman for the awards, which are focusing on health and care volunteers as the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary, said: “Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skill or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light awards honour shining examples of volunteering across the UK.”

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