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OBE for Trust Chief Nurse

The Trust is delighted that Gill Heaton, Director of Patient Services/Chief Nurse (and Deputy Chief Executive) has been awarded an OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Gill has made a major contribution to health service management nationally, regionally and locally. Mike Deegan, Chief Executive says: “Gill has an incredibly strong personal commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience for the benefit of the NHS and has been a coach and mentor to a number of other managers. She has made an outstanding contribution to professional nursing and operational management in the NHS. Under her direction our Trust has consistently delivered on national targets.” One of Gill’s major achievements is her dedication and commitment to infection prevention and control. She has personally investigated individual cases and the Trust has achieved and surpassed national targets for both MRSA and Cdifficile. During the summer of 2009 Gill led on the opening of our four new hospitals and the complex transfer of patients to the new facilities. This meticulous operation was managed by Gill who personally oversaw each individual patient move to ensure that patient safety and quality of care was not compromised at any time. Gill’s commitment for improving patient experience continues with her launch of our Quality Campaign. Through her enthusiasm she has engaged staff and patients in the development of local initiatives to improve quality. She has also led on a number of national initiatives including the Productive Ward initiative which has freed time for staff to be more involved in direct patient care. Gill Heaton says: “I am extremely excited and honoured to have been recognised with an OBE. I began working in the NHS in 1974 as a cadet nurse and trained at the Manchester Royal infirmary. I consider it a privilege to be the Chief Nurse in a leading organisation such as this and in which I trained. This honour reflects on all the staff delivering high standards of care to our patients every day and I am incredibly proud of what the NHS achieves every day.”