Young volunteers brighten the hospital corridors under the guidance of star decorating team.

A staff member at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has received recognition for his exemplary mentoring of a cohort of young volunteers.

Kevin Bluck, a Painter and Decorator at the Trust, was awarded Star of the Month thanks to the leadership he has recently displayed, training a group of young volunteers in the art of painting and decorating.

During the summer period, DBTH gave 18 young people the chance to gain valuable work experience, helping to create a better environment for patients, staff and visitors. Working to a nationwide initiative called the National Citizen Service (NCS), the local teens were given the opportunity to go on a residential trip and afterwards gain work experience in a local setting, being designated Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Amongst other projects, some of the students were allocated a mentor from within the Estates and Facilities department and soon got up-to-speed painting the walls along the corridors near the Children’s Outpatients ward. Kevin, assigned as one of the mentors, received glowing feedback from his group.

Georgia White, aged 16, said: “We were all apprehensive at first, having next to no knowledge of painting and decorating, however, with the skilful guidance of Kev teaching us what to do, we soon became decorating masters! It was a new experience to us all and provided a great opportunity to learn a new skill.”

Kirsty Edmondson Jones, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “As a hospital Trust we employ a range of staff in a number of roles. I want to thank Kevin for his superb mentorship throughout the NCS programme, showcasing a side of the NHS which doesn’t often feature prominently but undoubtedly plays a huge role in repairing, maintaining and improving the environment in which patients receive care.

DTBH Stars is Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s STaff Awards & Recognition Scheme.  Any member of staff employed by the Trust, or any patient who has visited one of our sites, can nominate somebody who they think deserves recognition.