Award-winning nurse Edmund Tebaby.

Two members of staff the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn have received prestigious silver Chief Nursing Officer Awards, recognising their outstanding commitment.

Deputy chief nurse Edmund Tabay and Karen McGuire, head of nursing for medical division, were presented with their awards  chief nursing officer for England Ruth May in a virtual ceremony.

Launched last year, the Chief Nursing Officer for England and Chief Midwifery Officer Awards celebrate excellence across the country.

The silver award recognises nurses and midwives who have made major contributions to patients and the profession. 

Dr April Brown, chief nurse and director for infection prevention and control at the QEH, said: “Edmund has raised the sense of pride and professionalism in clinical practice throughout our trust.  

“He is a consistent, accessible and compassionate senior nurse leader and is a shining example to all our nurses, midwives and AHPs (allied health professionals). 

“He is a trusted, inclusive, compassionate and visible patient-focussed senior nurse leader who is tireless in ensuring high standards of care and professionalism.

“Karen has worked tirelessly to engage and motivate not only the nursing teams and AHPs, but also works with her divisional director to positively influence the ways of working and adherence to our trust values.  

“She embodies all that it means to be a nurse. She is trusted, respected, highly valued and a committed leader who is in her 31st year of service to the NHS.

“These awards recognise the tremendous hard work and commitment both Karen and Edmund have given to their work, and I am immensely proud of them. 

“In what has been a challenging year for the trust, we are especially thankful to them for going above and beyond, and ensuring our patients consistently receive the outstanding care they deserve.”

Ms May said: “Thanks to Edmund, QEH’s international recruitment has gone from strength to strength. 

“Karen started her nursing career at QEH in 1989 and has been through many leadership changes. The way she has helped the trust achieve Care Quality Commission outcomes is truly appreciated by all of us. A huge thank you to both Edmund and Karen for all of the work they have done.”

Award-winning nurse Karen McGuire.

Mr Tabay said: “I am truly humbled to accept this award and a huge thank you to the leadership team for the unconditional support extended to me. I would like to acknowledge the passion and commitment of my nursing, midwifery and AHP colleagues that always inspire me to do more. 

“I would like to share this award with all Filipinos in health and social care recognising their hard work in these unprecedented times.”  

Award winner Karen McGuire, Head of Nursing for Medical Division at QEH, said:

“It means so much to me to accept this very special CNO award and I feel incredibly humbled. I commenced my training and then continued to work at this very special hospital, my local hospital. I’m incredibly proud to be nurse and to have delivering patient care and supporting staff here for 32 years. Thank you!”