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Countess Gem of the month… Dr Josh Deb-Barman

Dr Josh March 1Dr Josh Deb-Barman, Specialty Doctor and Rota Co-ordinator for Care of the Elderly and Stroke Medicine, is the latest Countess Gem of the month winner.

Josh, who was nominated by 12 colleagues, is the latest winner of the staff recognition scheme which encourages employees from all areas to nominate anyone they believe deserves special praise.

As a specialty doctor and rota manager across elderly medicine, Josh sees his role as being a bridge between the senior consultants and junior doctors and often lends an ear to hear the concerns and offer advice to anyone in the team.

The kind words Josh’s colleagues said about his highly-valued contribution really do speak for themselves. See below for a selection:

  • “I have admired the way he has handled a recent situation on the ward, with care, compassion and confidence and standing by his duty of care to a patient. He has spent many hours with the relatives of one patient. Josh is a Countess Gem and deserves some recognition.”
  • “He always goes the extra mile to deliver kind and compassionate care on a daily basis as well as being an excellent teacher to trainees. He is well respected and liked across our multidisciplinary teams. In addition to his clinical role, Josh also coordinates the rota for the care of the elderly department - a daunting task! Josh goes out of his way to work miracles with the rota to ensure safe staffing levels and responds to leave requests extremely promptly and in a proactive, equitable and helpful manner.”
  • “Josh is a very dedicated and approachable colleague who has been indispensable in the smooth running of the care of the elderly department.”
  • “Superb senior clinician who always goes the extra mile for both other staff members and patients.”
  • “Josh is the rock of the care of the elderly department.”

Josh is extremely proud to be acknowledged and appreciated in this way by his peers but he is keen to stress that he is only a cog within the wider machine and the friendly and accommodating nature of his colleagues also makes his job easier.

“You don’t really have time to stop and think about the work you do from day-to-day so it’s really nice to know your efforts are appreciated and I’m honoured to have been recognised in this way,” he said. “But it’s not just about any one individual because the attitude of the entire team makes everything easier and I look forward to sharing the celebration for this with my colleagues.”

Executive Director of People and Organisational Development Sue Hodkinson said: “Congratulations to Dr Deb-Barman for being named our latest Countess Gem of the month! To read the comments from colleagues, expressing how highly he is regarded in the team and how he embodies our Trust values in everything he does both for his colleagues and for our patients is truly exceptional. Really well done Josh.”


About Countess Gems

‘Countess Gems’ are a monthly recognition awards scheme at the Countess of Chester Hospital, with members of staff nominating colleagues who they think deserve special praise. Every person/team nominated officially becomes a ‘Countess Gem’ with a certificate. Once a month the leadership group reviews all the nominations and selects an overall winner. This team/individual will then receive £125 to spend with in-house Catering Services to celebrate. The Countess Gems awards are funded through donations from patients and families in thanks for the care they have received (charitable funds).