Former Chief Nurse leads the way in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for the NCA NHS Group

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Former Chief Nurse leads the way in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for the NCA NHS Group
10 October 2020

Former Chief Nurse of Salford Royal and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE is one of four members of NHS staff who work across the group’s four hospitals and community services to be honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Elaine joins a nurse consultant from Salford, Julia Taylor, and Trust electrician Malcolm Kilpatrick and Trust estates plumber, Tony Cocker, both based at The Royal Oldham Hospital, in receiving Honours. 

Elaine has been awarded the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to Nursing.

Having recently retired last week (Friday 2 October) after 43 years in the NHS, Elaine’s award recognises her commitment to the profession and her work on reforming nursing quality across The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT), which Salford Royal has overseen under the NCA Group over the past three years, driving significant improvements in performance, standards of care and outcomes for patients. These improvements have led to an improvement in the rating of PAT by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) from Requires Improvement to Good.

Commenting on her award, Dame Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE, said:

“This is the most amazing honour. I feel humbled and privileged. I am receiving this on behalf of this wonderful profession I have been part of for 43 years and more particularly the nurses and midwives here at Salford and Pennine Acute under the NCA. A good nurse and leader is shaped by the people they work with and are inspired by. Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have worked alongside some of the best nurses, midwives and other staff.”

This year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours were put back in order to say thank you for the work of those on the frontline against the pandemic, with a number of recipients awarded honours in the list for their outstanding contributions in the UK’s response to the virus.

Two of those awarded special honours for their work are, Malcom Kilpatrick and Tony Cocker who both work at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Malcolm Kilpatrick has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition for his commitment to continuously improve in his role as an electrician for the Trust, working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support wards and departments with their urgent electrical needs. In addition, Malcolm is also an active volunteer in a local charity. He assisted in getting PPE donations to the Trust and raising over £20,000 in donations to support the Trust charity during the pandemic.

Tony Cocker has also been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition for his work as a plumber for the Trust; in particular his efforts during the pandemic to ensure extra hand washing facilities were available across all wards and departments, a critical part of the NCA’s infection prevention procedures. Tony has stepped up to the front line and supported business critical areas at short notice.

Julia Taylor, a Nurse Consultant in the Department of Urology at Salford Royal, (part of the NCA) has been awarded an MBE for services to urological nursing. 

Julia’s career in the NHS spans 40 years. She graduated from the Salford School of Nursing in 1984 and went on to complete her Master of Science (MSc) in Health Practice in 2005. At Salford Royal, Julia became the trust’s first non-medical Clinical Governance lead, where she used quality improvement methods to develop a culture of safety and patient harm reduction.

Julia said: “I feel incredibly honoured and humbled to be recognised at this level. I truly love my work and I’m passionate about empowering nurse leaders at home and abroad. This award reflects the efforts of the colleagues who are driven to improve patient safety and experience. I am delighted that our work here at Salford Royal and BAUN has been recognised in this way.”

In 2015, Julia received the inaugural BAUN and TUF (The Urology Foundation) Nurse of the Year award for her leadership and commitment to reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections; an exemplar project whichtangibly reduced patient mortality rates.

Commenting on all of today’s awards, Raj Jain, Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said:

“It’s wonderful to see these colleagues and members of our NCA family recognised and awarded in such a prestigious way for their work. They’re shining examples of champions; leaders, innovators, or have simply just gone above and beyond to continue to provide outstanding services during what has been a very difficult time in our response to the pandemic. All of our staff across our hospitals and community services have worked incredibly hard over the past six months with courage, commitment and professionalism to look after our patients, and continue to do so. However, these colleagues have been rightly recognised for their exceptional contribution. I am delighted for them. It is our honour to have them as part of our organisation and we are rightly proud of each of them.”

Pat Mayle, 73, a volunteer at the NCA was also recognised for a 'comfort bag scheme' she helped to devise following the death of her husband. The bags of toiletries are given to visitors that have to stay in our hospitals overnight unexpectedly, for example when a patient is receiving palliative care.