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The winner of the June 2018 You Made a Difference Award is:- Dr Richard Welch, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Comments received:

Andrew Sykes, Clinical Director:

“Dr Richard Welch studied Medicine at Birmingham University obtaining MBChB in 1983. He trained in Clinical Oncology at the Christie under the legendary Peter Wilkinson whose practice he took over on being appointed as a Consultant in Clinical Oncology in 1996. Richard is the Lead clinician for female germ cell tumours at The Christie with a wide experience of chemotherapy. In addition he has over 10 years’ experience as Chair for Christie Drugs and Therapeutics committee for The Christie. Dr Welch has had a significant input into oncology services in Bolton, breast, ovary, testicular cancer and acute oncology.  He has Published and Contributed to many accredited Publications.

Dr Welch has always provided a high quality service to his patients despite having one of the busiest practices at the Christie. His patients recognise his knowledge, approachability and empathy.

“With Dr Welch’s wealth of experience you really felt in safe hands at a time when you are feeling vulnerable. He explains how your treatment is impacting on your cancer and what the next steps should be to give you a better quality of life.” Quotation from iwantgreatcare.org.

Dr Welch is very calm and even under pressure remains unflustered. He has a wry sense of humour and is able to provide a pithy comment when required. His colleagues describe his as the most knowledgeable person they know and “a lovely person to work with”.

 While not known for his sporting prowess, Dr Welch was a proud member of the reigning, hospital summer sports team, demonstrating his prowess in the slow bicycle riding competition.

Dr Welch is very calm and even under pressure remains unflustered. He has a wry sense of humour and is able to provide a pithy comment when required. His colleagues describe his as the most knowledgeable person they know and “a lovely person to work with”.

While not known for his sporting prowess, Dr Welch was a proud member of the reigning, hospital summer sports team, demonstrating his prowess in the slow bicycle riding competition.

Anne, Gwyn, Richard & Rachel Jones, relatives

“Our son had a large testicular seminoma removed at Rochdale Infirmary. He was then transferred to The Christie under the care of Dr Welch and his team. For the past 25 years Richard has suffered from extremely severe obsessional compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression. We were, therefore, very worried about the effect the visits to The Christie and the thoughts of cancer would have on our son's mental state.

My daughter rang Dr Welch's secretary to explain the situation. She was treated with great understanding and kindness and was referred to the nurse who would be dealing with Richard. She assured my daughter that every care would be taken with Richard to alleviate any anxiety, to the extent that the word cancer wouldn't be mentioned. This knowledge lessened our worry about Richard's visit to see Dr Welch regarding his anxiety.

Dr Welch was so understanding of Richard's problem and treated him with such care. I find it difficult to express adequately the relief and appreciation we, as a family, felt after the consultation.

I wish to express my grateful thanks to Dr Welch for his patience and obvious kindness when dealing with Richard and all of our family. My husband, my daughter and myself were included in the consultations which eased things for us. After our first visit to see Dr Welch our anxiety for Richard's mental state was greatly alleviated.

We can never repay the debt of gratitude we owe to Dr Welch. Not only for his care of Richard's physical health, but also for that of his mental state as well.”

Previous winners

May 2018 You Made a Difference Award was:- The WPI ESR Team, Nathan Jones, Assurance Officer and Andrew White, Systems Lead

April 2018 You Made a Difference Award was:- Nicola 'Nikki' Doherty, Sister, OCCU

March 2018 You Made a Difference Award winner was Linda Roberts

February 2018 You Made a Difference Award winner was The Finance Team

January 2018 You Made a Difference Award winner was Colin Hindley

December 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Amy Blackburn

November 2017 You Made a Difference Award winners were the Cardiac Arrest Team

October 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Adrian Ellison

September 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Dr Gajanan & Dr Mowatt

August 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Alison Musson

July 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tony McKenzie

June 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Lois Deslandes

May 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was the Informatics Team

April 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Ward 1

March 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was The Palatine Treatment Centre

February 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Jade Hilton

January 2017 You Made a Difference Award winner was Tobias Percival

December 2016 You Made a Difference Award winner was Natalie Halson

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