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UEL podiatry graduate named Clinician of the Year by Royal Free

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Joanna Woollard  honoured  at the Royal Free London staff awards for going the 'extra mile'

By Lee Pinkerton 

University of East London (UEL) alumna Joanna Woollard has been honoured as Clinician of the Year by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Joanna, 29, who graduated from UEL with a degree in Podiatric Medicine in 2009, was presented with the Clinician of the Year award by former Olympic athlete and BBC commentator Colin Jackson (second left) at the ceremony at London’s Waldorf Hilton Hotel. 

Joanna works at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and was nominated for the award by a patient for the extra support she provided during treatment.

“The patient had a very turbulent time last year,” said Joanna. “They felt that I had supported the family through their difficult time- more than ‘my job description’ tells me to do.

“It is an extremely busy clinic, but I think you should always take the time and go the extra mile to build a good relationship with your patients to allow for the most effective outcome. “I think working in this environment support of the patient, and their carers is imperative.”

Joanna, who lives in Brentwood, Essex started working at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead in 2012.

“It’s the ideal location to gain more experience with wound-care and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including vascular, infectious disease, orthopaedics and diabetes consultants,” she said.

“I work in a Tier 4 clinic, which means all of the non-healing, sometimes non-salvageable feet. Our aim is limb salvage which is why we need a good team to work with.”

Around 280 members of staff attended the ceremony where awards were handed to staff who had made a significant contribution to patient care in 2016.