When Public Health Nurse Paula Duppa-Miller (from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust) recently won an award for demonstrating fantastic patient care she was nowhere to be seen. Instead, she was climbing Mount Everest! And not content with that; Paula celebrated her 60th birthday while trekking in Nepal – what an amazing feat.
Paula from St. Albans says, “ Going to Everest Base Camp had been on my bucket list for some time, postponed in May 2020 due to Covid. The experience has been life changing, the trek surpassed all my expectations, and I would say to anyone who has a bucket list, plan and don’t put off want you would like to achieve .”
Paula won the award at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s Leading Lights event, which is the Trust’s annual celebration for NHS staff. Paula won the award for being exceptionally caring and building close relationships with all the mothers she supports, across Hertfordshire and West Essex, so they feel comfortable and empowered at a challenging time. As well as making working life better for the staff she supports so they never feel alone with a difficult case.
On the news of her award Paula continues – “To be honest, I was blown away by it, I had no idea my colleagues thought this way about the work I do with them, very humbling. I heard that I had won the day after I had reached base camp, my colleague sent a WhatsApp photo of the certificate! Can you imagine that all the way up the top of Everest and you can get media messages!!! I can honestly say, it was the second thing that made me cry in 24 hours. I couldn’t have started my sixth century off in a better way.”