AN "inspirational" NHS worker in Bradford has been shortlisted for a national 'Our Health Heroes' award for her work during the Covid-19 crisis.

Cordy Gaubert, a Specialist Physiotherapist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of just three NHS workers nationwide nominated in the 2021 awards’ Outstanding Contribution category.

Cordy’s citation on the Health for Heroes award website, says: "As lead ICU (Intensive Care Unit) physiotherapist, Cordy spearheaded collaboration across the therapist and multi-disciplinary team, implementing service changes with colleagues to accommodate, meet the needs and aid recovery of Covid-19 patients.

"She’s provided respiratory teaching to redeployed colleagues and worked closely with those picking up discharged ICU patients.

"She’s also brought respiratory, musculoskeletal & neuro-physiotherapy teams together in a unified way, developing care pathways to try & prevent long-stay ICU patient complications – she’s now co-submitted a business plan for Critical Care Rehabilitation roles to enhance ongoing, recovery care of ICU-leavers.

"This uniformed endeavour has created a space where clinicians felt supported, patient care has been excellent & services have developed for good."

Responding to her nomination, Cordy said she was "extremely overwhelmed and humbled".

She added: “This year has been the most challenging of my career, both physically and emotionally, but has also demonstrated to me the incredible human resilience in my physiotherapy, nursing and medical colleagues, and also in our patients.

“This nomination means a huge amount to me personally, but is a reflection of many people’s hard work and the collaboration between multi-professional teams. I am very lucky to work with such brilliant, supportive and innovative colleagues within our Therapy department and on Critical Care."

Nicola Sheehan, Head of Therapies at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, added: “We are extremely proud that Cordy has been nominated for this award. She is an inspirational physiotherapist who goes over and above in the care and support of her patients and her team.

“Covid-19 has brought many challenges for health services, patients and staff, and Cordy truly has made an outstanding contribution in the ongoing fight against this disease. We wish her all the best for this award.”