Director of Nursing Gary Etheridge was taken by complete surprise when Duncan Burton, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, England, awarded him a Silver Chief Nurse Award for his services to the NHS in front of colleagues gathered in the Boardroom and on Teams to celebrate.
Describing him as “a trailblazer and a positive role model for men in the profession” Duncan talked about Gary’s incredible career, which started 40 years ago on the Isle of Wight as an HCA. He also talked about his passion and commitment to supporting vulnerable patients and young people in particular.
Gary, who was “absolutely overwhelmed,” commented: “I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of my contributions to nursing and in driving forward the safeguarding agenda. It was completely unexpected and a real privilege. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved, and am very proud to work at BHRUT where the support of Kathryn Halford, our Chief Nurse, and others has allowed me to make such a difference to our patients”.
Kathryn said: “I have worked with Gary for the past six years. During that time he has really developed the Safeguarding team and his aspirational vision for the service has resulted in the implementation of the first nurse specifically focusing on children and young people, the blue band scheme for patients with dementia, and one of the first strategies for patients with autism.
“I am delighted that he has been awarded a Silver Chief Nurse Award - it is very well deserved.”
Congratulations Gary – and we hope you enjoyed the cake!