Sharon Berkhout, Communications Manager and Daisy Oakes, Corporate Communications Coordinator were worthy winners at last night’s NHS Communicate 2021 Awards, organised virtually by NHS Providers and hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke.
Sharon won the Outstanding Contribution to NHS Communications Award for her communications and marketing achievements at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), spanning nearly 20 years, and Daisy won the NHS Rising Star Award for the South West.
Commenting on their wins, Sharon said: “I had no idea the team had nominated me and I felt like I had already won when I was shortlisted, alongside some fantastic communications professionals across the country. Hearing the announcement that I’d won was such a shock and surprise. I feel very proud to be recognised and to fly the flag for DPT and for Devon!”
Daisy adds; “I’m over the moon to have won. I’m so grateful to my team - and particularly my manager, Sharon Berkhout, for taking me under their wing three years ago as an apprentice and encouraging me to aim high! Having returned to DPT last year after travelling I’ve had the privilege of being able to contribute to the team’s response to the pandemic and to be able to be involved in launching the Devon Wellbeing Hub.”