Dou­ble de­light as health care work­ers re­ceive MBEs in Honours list

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STE­WART PATER­SON

ANURSE and a doc­tor from Glas­gow hos­pi­tals have each been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list. Jen­nifer Rodgers is the health board’s Chief Nurse for Pae­di­atrics and Neonates, based at the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren.

She was made an MBE for her ser­vices to nurs­ing.

Since qual­i­fy­ing as a nurse in 1996, Jen­nifer be­gan work­ing at the old sick kids hospi­tal at Yorkhill.

Her ca­reer pro­gressed to her now pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional lead­er­ship to more than 1000 reg­is­tered nurses and more than 300 nurs­ing sup­port staff at the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren, Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal Neona­tal Unit, Royal Alexan­dra Hospi­tal Neona­tal Unit and The Princess Royal Neona­tal Unit.

Jen­nifer praised her col­leagues for their ded­i­ca­tion on the an­nounce­ment of her award.

She said: “It’s re­ally hum­bling to re­ceive this hon­our.

“It’s such a priv­i­lege to do this job and work with so many in­spi­ra­tional teams of nurses, doc­tors and the many other peo­ple that en­sure pa­tients and their fam­i­lies are well looked after.”

The health board made it dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion with Dr Tara Quasim, who is based at the Royal In­fir­mary, also be­com­ing a MBE.

She was recog­nised for her work with the InS:PIRE pro­gramme which helps pa­tients re­cover after be­ing in In­ten­sive Care.

Dr Quasim also paid trib­ute to the team ef­fort across the hospi­tal.

She said: “I am de­lighted to ac­cept this award on be­half of the whole InS:PIRE team and the pa­tients who have hope­fully ben­e­fit­ted.

“Many thanks to NHSGGC for its con­tin­ued sup­port of the pro­gramme, the Health Foun­da­tion and Univer­sity of Glas­gow who gave me the abil­ity to help start this five years ago.”

The health board man­age­ment was “de­lighted” with the recog­ni­tion for the two staff mem­bers.

Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde, said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted for both Jen and Tara who are be­ing hon­oured in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.

“Both are great role mod­els for us all and it’s re­ally well de­served.”

Jen­nifer Rodgers, left, was awarded and MBE, as was Dr Tara Quasim, be­low

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