MBE for Michelle after 44 years nursing in Manchester

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MBE for Michelle after 44 years nursing in Manchester
13 January 2020

MICHELLE Proudman, former nurse at North Manchester Care Organisation, which runs North Manchester General Hospital, has been awarded an MBE for services to community nursing in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.

She is now Manchester Local Care Organisation’s lead nurse for North Manchester community healthcare services.

Michelle has been a nurse in Manchester since 1975, starting her career with the old North Manchester Health Authority as a cadet nurse at Crumpsall Hospital (now North Manchester General).  When she qualified she  worked at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital for three years before becoming a community staff nurse in North Manchester in 1980 - a service she has worked in for almost forty years aside from a two-year break to start her family.

Michelle became a tissue viability nurse in North Manchester community in 2003 and helped set up two services that have since received national recognition; the Manchester Leg Circulation Service and the Drop-in Wound Care Clinic for the homeless and hard to reach population of Manchester - winner of the ‘compassionate care’ category in the 2018 NHS Parliamentary Awards celebrating 70 years of the NHS. More recently she has been instrumental in setting up a pilot service in North Manchester for people suffering with Lymphoedema.

In 2015 she moved into a specialist nurse management post before becoming lead nurse for North Manchester Community Services in 2018 in the newly formed Manchester Local Care Organisation, the public sector partnership organisation which now provides the city’s NHS community health services and adult social care services.

Speaking about the MBE, Michelle said:

“As we welcome 2020, the year of the Nurse and Midwife, I am honoured and humbled to be awarded with such a prestigious award. I was shocked when the letter arrived from the Cabinet Office in November; my husband thought it was a tax bill! I am hugely grateful to Manchester Local Care Organisation and Manchester Foundation Trust for their support. I would also like to thank all the role models that have helped me achieve my aspirations and dreams over the years and I would like to dedicate this award to all of them and to the wider nursing profession.

“My career over the past 44 years has been such a positive experience, and has given me opportunities to learn and develop. It has been a privilege to be able to help people when they are at their most vulnerable and require healthcare interventions in their own home. What makes community nursing so special is the truly holistic approach we have to take with the patient, their family and those who care for them. The skills required are so diverse from non-complex care such as suture removal or pressure area management to very complex care looking after patients who are at the end of life; or delivering treatments which would have been required to be provided in a hospital setting in the past but we can now provide at home. 

“I’m really excited for the future. At Manchester Local Care Organisation we are now addressing health and social care as one organisation with our partners in Primary Care, the voluntary sector and people in the communities of the city themselves. The wider team I work with in North Manchester are fabulous. We’re a cohesive team and very supportive of one another. They’re not just colleagues, but friends.”

Prof Matt Makin, Medical Director at North Manchester Care Organisation, said:

“We are very proud of Michelle and all of her achievements over the years working at North Manchester General Hospital and in community services, she has made a huge contribution to the North Manchester community and it comes as no surprise to see her honoured at the highest level. Well done Michelle, you have come a long way and achieved a great deal since starting out as a cadet nurse at Crumpsall Hospital in 1975.”

Pictured: Michelle Proudman MBE