Badges of honour for our C&I staff

C&I staff, partner organisations and volunteers are being presented with specially-designed enamel badges as a token of thanks for their tireless work during the pandemic.
The badges feature a heart, a rainbow and the symbol for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I), with the words Thank You, and the year, 2020. 
C&I Chief Executive, Angela McNab, said: “As we prepare for whatever challenges lie ahead this winter, we wanted to thank everyone for everything they have done to keep our service users and each other safe.”
Trust Chair, Jackie Smith said: “It is hard to put into words how proud we are of the way everyone stepped up to, and met, the challenges faced so far during the pandemic.  We have no doubt that our colleagues will continue to demonstrate the values that make C&I so special.”
The 3cm-diameter badges were designed by Indra Bindere and Robert Ketch, two final year students at London Metropolitan University, in Islington, after the Trust got in touch with the university and asked for help with the project.
C&I is giving all its staff the badge as they prepare to face a second wave of the pandemic, after several challenging months which saw them restructure wards, open new services and adapt to new ways of working, including moving face-to-face consultations online using the latest NHS video-conferencing technology.
The Trust opened a Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service on its St Pancras Hospital site where it sees people who are in mental health crisis and would otherwise go to overburdened hospital emergency departments. It also worked with local organisations helping ensure that vulnerable and shielding service users received food, medicines and care.
The badges have been very popular with staff. Student Nurse, Choice Obi, said: “I really appreciate this. It’s a lovely gesture for the work everyone has done.”
Shilpa Nairi, Crisis Team Operations Service manager, said: “They are very pretty and it’s nice that they were designed locally. It’s a lovely gesture.”
Dr Jeremy Warner said: “It’s really important that everyone at the Trust is getting one and is being thanked equally. Rainbows have become such a powerful symbol during this pandemic.”
Designing the badges had special significance for Robert and Indra, whose families both include GPs and health service staff.  In fact, Robert’s great grandfather was one of the founding doctors of the NHS.
Robert said: “We decided to get involved because we both felt it was an interesting project and for a worthwhile cause. It was also a great opportunity to use and practise the knowledge we already had, as well as learning new skills.”

Indra is a Textile Design BA student and Robert is a jewellery and fashion accessories BA student. On graduating, Indra intends to start and build her design practice in jewellery an
d textiles and Robert plans to develop his current business, designing and manufacturing bespoke jewellery for private clients, as well as working within small and large batch production commercially.
Indra said: “This project has been extremely close to our hearts because of our close ties to the NHS.  It’s also our way of saying Thank You! to the NHS during the crisis and to expressing our gratitude for the work its staff do every single day and night. We have both learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience.”

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