The Daisy Awards 

UCLH is the first hospital trust in London to introduce The Daisy Award to show how much patients, carers and colleagues support, value and respect the work our nurses and midwives do.

Patients, their families and colleagues are invited to nominate a nurse or midwife who has shown outstanding clinical skill and compassionate care.

The Daisy Awards were established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died aged 33 of an auto-immune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the care and compassion he received from the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this international award to say thank you to nurses and midwives everywhere.

Want to nominate someone? Please complete this short nomination form

  • Current winners

  • JAKKI BERRY, Diabetes clinical nurse specialist

    “After being looked after by various nurses in various NHS trusts, nothing can compare to the care that I have received from UCLH for two and a half months I have been going to Jakki for my diabetes and my confidence and knowledge has grown. Our appointments are very relaxed and I have always felt comfortable emailing her with questions and generally just to let her know how I’m getting on with positive feedback. On preparation for my first London Marathon, she was incredible. She was there when I emailed her the morning of my marathon with some sugar level problems. She responded quickly with good advice despite it being one of her off duty days. Not only is she supportive in my diabetes but also in my sports. Recently I had found out I was pregnant and the NHS trust at which I work at didn’t accept to provide me with antenatal care. As soon as I emailed Jakki without hesitation she offered to see me within a few days and again she has been incredibly supportive. Jakki is an inspiration to all nurses and has inspired me to study nursing to specialize in diabetes care. I hope once qualified I am just as astounding as she is. I really dread the day she retires. BEST NURSE EVER!!”
  • MARY BURKE, Sister, T10 Orthopaedic

    “I would like to thank my nurse and share why this nurse is so special:

    Mary provides exemplar management of the ward and the excellent clinical leadership of nurses. In doing so, improves the day to day of everyone she works with. Mary creates a culture on her ward that enables teamwork with AHPs, and other professional groups on her wards and ensures all staff are supported. She is a great supporter to junior doctors on the ward, making sure they feel at home on the ward. She collaborates with other teams in the face of competing demands (trauma/electives) on T10s and ensures in doing so that high-quality patient care is the focus. Over the past two years in working with Mary I have seen continued improvements on the ward in ring-fencing of beds, harm, patient falls and pressure ulcers. This is due largely to her leadership. She is kind, compassionate and an all-around lovely person to be around. She makes the busiest days feel under control and stress-free. I would like to nominate Mary for this recognition as I couldn’t possibly imagine a better ward sister to work with.”

  • FRANCES PENNY, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Lymphoma Clinic

    “Fran has been my link nurse since the day I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma until now. She helped me cope with my sudden unexpected diagnosis. She was patient enough to explain to my husband and my family about what is happening with my treatment. Fran was always in the clinic whenever I had my appointments and would make things easier with prescribed medications and blood test waiting time. What I like/love about her is that she is always there for me and not just for me but also to all the patients under her care. She would usually visit me during my chemotherapy treatment and also whenever I get admitted in the hospital. Fran is always one call/email away. I am now in remission and even until now, whenever I feel off about my body I would always email Fran and she always give me a call right away. Fran made things easier for me when it comes to dealing with cancer/my diagnosis. She helped me get through the toughest time that my family and I had been. I have the best UCLH experience because of my nurse and that is Frances Penny. ”
  • KAREN SUMMERVILLE, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gynae Oncology

    “Karen is an ex-line manager, colleague and now friend. She has personally helped me to grow and develop my nursing career by mentoring me and encouraging/inspiring me to apply for different roles within UCLH. I first met Karen when I was a band 5 staff nurse in ED. I have since been a Gynae oncology CNS, sister in Gynae Outpatients and the Early Pregnancy Unit- and most recently ward sister on T06 Gynae. Without Karen’s belief in me I would not be as successful as I am today. Her guidance comes as a selfless act to encourage junior nurses to develop and grow since my position within her team. She has also developed other CNS development positions from Band 5-6 then 6-7.

    In addition to helping me, Karen has touched the hearts of many with her 30+ years in nursing. She was also my mother’s CNS 10 years ago and supported her through her cancer treatment then. Karen is an incredible nurse but the kindest and most thoughtful person I have met.”