Meet the women of Nuffield Health - Laura Stocks

In the lead up to International Women’s Day (8th March), we have interviewed some of the inspirational women working at Nuffield Health to discuss the challenges women face today and the women that inspired them. Here we talk to Laura Stocks.

Can you tell us about your role at Nuffield Health?

I am a Regional Physiotherapy Lead and Clinical Governance Report Lead for Nuffield Health. I work with our Nuffield Health Physio teams as well as our extended Fusion network to promote the efficient running of our excellent physiotherapy service.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day makes me feel exceptionally proud to be able to recognise the outstanding skills, talent and individuality that women offer. We are incredibly privileged to work for Nuffield Health where women are treated as equals, rewarded and our contributions are valued equally to our male counterparts. International Women’s Day means that I can give thanks to Nuffield Health and help pave the way and give hope to women all over the world to prove that equality does exist - it works well, and it will come.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for women today and what has been your biggest challenge?

I have three challenges, they are: learning to believe in my abilities, have confidence to speak up and to stand by my values. I am very fortunate to work within a team where gender does not influence my ability to contribute, however, I can appreciate that not all women are this fortunate.

Which woman has inspired you and why?

Davina Deniszczyc - Charity & Medical Director, Responsible Officer. Our induction to the Regional Physiotherapy Lead (RPL) role included a virtual meet and greet with Davina. The RPL team were blown away with Davina’s attitude to promote excellence within Nuffield Health as well as her ability to keep multiple plates spinning at once. We all commented that we felt inspired that a Davina is in such a key position in our company, remaining true to her values and so encouraging to us as a team – she is an amazing woman that I am incredibly proud to work with.

Jacinda Arden – NZ prime minister leads from her heart and remains grounded at all times. She understands what is needed from her and gives clear, empathic advice even during tough times. I will never forget seeing the footage of Jacinda turning up after the shooting of the mosque in Christchurch and hugging a lady as she shed a tear. She leads with compassion, empathy and respect.

Tracy Daszkiewicz – Director of Public Health and Safety for Wiltishire during the Skripal Novichok poisonings in Salisbury in 2018. I admired Tracy’s ability to make quick decisions, delegate and confront others that challenged her actions saved multiple lives, all whilst the world’s media watched.

Last updated Thursday 4 March 2021

First published on Thursday 4 March 2021