The care and compassion of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s nursing services were celebrated today.

Over 150 people including carers, service users and nursing staff joined together to highlight the work of nursing services over the past 12 months, focusing on the smallest things that make the biggest difference.

Matt King OBE, attended the event and spoke about his experience of care in the NHS. Matt suffered a life changing injury at the age of 17 whilst playing rugby in West Yorkshire.

Matt shared his experiences of learning to come to terms with his disability and re-building his life since that day in 2004. He reflected on the smallest things which made the biggest difference to him while receiving care.

Matt said: “Some things may not seem that important to you, but to a patient it could mean everything. It’s not what you do it’s how you do it. The smallest thing such as a smile or a listening ear can make the biggest difference to improve the patient experience.”

Nicola Lees, Director of Nursing added: “Nursing is an extremely rewarding job, especially when you know you’ve made a difference to someone’s life.  As a nurse you want to be able to care for people in the best way possible and sometimes it’s the simple things that can make the biggest difference such as an outstretched hand, or the first welcome.”