Our Clinical Lead for Audiology has been recognised as
‘Best Communicator’ in the Rotherham Parent Carers Forum’s, You Believed in Me
Chris Hammond-Race was nominated in the awards earlier
this year and was presented with ‘Best Communicator’ at a special ceremony on
29 March at New York Stadium.
The Rotherham Parent Carers Forum is a charity run by,
and for families of children and young people (aged 0-25) who have Special
Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The charity asked for young people or their
families, living with SEND, to consider ‘who has made a difference to you’ and
nominate them for an award; celebrating good practice in inclusion and the
positive difference a person or service can make for a child or young person.
was nominated by his patients and their carers and was chosen as a winner from
over 70 responses. Nominations were split into categories to reflect the four
principles of the Rotherham Charter, which are Value and Include, Welcome and
Care, Communication and Partnership. All nominations were then anonymised and
sent over to national charity, Contact, for judging.
his nomination, patient and carers said:
appointments Chris speaks directly to Alfie as his patient, gets on his level
using language and phrases he understands such as "awesome" and
appointment was once running late due to an issue with the computer and he took
the time to come out to reception and explain to Alfie the reason why we were
having to wait and that we might be 15 more minutes – we really appreciated
like going to appointments with Chris ‘cos he is really funny and makes me
I first got my hearing aid, Chris graffiti’d my name on the box which was so
spend a lot of our time at appointments and it’s these little things that make
the biggest difference to our family.’
who attended the event commented: “Listening to the stories and experiences of
parents of disabled children was very humbling, it was a pleasure to be there.”
said: “I’d just like to say a huge thanks for the nomination, let alone winning.
It has been a huge reminder of the importance of never overlooking the patients
we are seeing and why, it’s the little things that can make such a difference.”
Well done Chris!
To find out more about Rotherham Parent Carers Forum,
please visit their website: www.rpcf.co.uk
or contact their office on 01709 296262.
Pictured above: Chris Hammond-Race receiving his award from Alfie Graham and the
Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Councillor Alan and Sandra Buckley.