The Trust is delighted to congratulate two members of staff who were recognised in the New Year Honours announced last week:
- Dr Kate Granger, an acting consultant in elderly medicine, received an MBE for services to the NHS and improving care.
- Anita Ruckledge, our lead nurse for dementia care, has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing.
Anita’s award was announced in the same week that she celebrated 40 years in nursing after starting her career as a pupil orthopaedic nurse at Pinderfields General Hospital.
She said: “It is really humbling to be honoured in this way and I am so proud of the work that we do here as a team.
“I am privileged to be able to do a job that I really love and I believe it is my vocation. This is work that you have to do with passion and I am so lucky to be able to do this every day.”
Anita has been at the forefront of improving services for patients with dementia at the Trust. This includes her work with the Forget Me Not campaign and the re-opening of Gate 43 last June. She has also played a key role in the development of the reminiscence room at Pinderfields along with the campaign to create memory boxes featuring items from the 1950s and 60s.
Kate has already received national recognition for her campaign “Hello my name is ....” set up to encourage health workers in hospitals to introduce themselves to patients. This campaign has been mentioned more than 10 million times on the social networking site Twitter. It has received support from a host of public figures including Prime Minister David Cameron and pop star Kylie Minogue as well as a special recognition award at the 2014 HSJ Awards.
Since her terminal cancer diagnosis in 2011, Dr Granger has continued to work in clinical practice, has written two books and raised funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre..
Kate said: “When the letter came and looked all official, I thought I’d been chosen for jury service.
“To be recognised in this way is amazing. My work is really important to me - it’s what I hope my legacy will be in this world.”
David Melia, Director of Patient and Staff Engagement, said: “I am delighted that Kate and Anita have been honoured for their hard work and dedication to delivering high quality patient care. We are really proud of the work that they are doing and it is fantastic that this has been recognised.
“I am sure all of you will join with me in passing on our congratulations to both Kate and Anita.”
Photo caption: Staff at Gate 43 celebrated Anita’s award by presenting her with a bouquet of flowers.
Pictured from the left are: nurse Sue Draper, Sister Clare Duce, Anita Ruckledge, healthcare assistant Christine Kean, SHO Dr Shahana Quadri, discharge co-ordinator Helen Connor and consultant Dr Balasubramanian Venkatesh.