Published on: 20th February 2019
The Interim Chief Executive of Lincolnshire’s mental health and learning disability NHS trust has received an MBE for services to nursing. Anne-Maria Newham was presented with the honour by Prince William after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year.
Anne-Maria has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to nursing over her 35-year career in the NHS. She has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of services provided for patients and carers at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT). She is well known for supporting her nursing colleagues from across the organisation and beyond, helping to develop future NHS leaders. She also spends her time volunteering at the children’s hospice and she is on the British Journal of Nursing editorial board.
Speaking about the ceremony at Buckingham Palace Anne-Maria said:
I am absolutely thrilled to receive such a prestigious award, especially as it recognises my work in the NHS. I am passionate about nursing and I’m proud of the impact that nurses have on people’s lives.
It has been a privilege to work in the NHS and for LPFT, where I've been able to support and encourage fantastic clinical staff to improve the quality of care for our patients.
Paul Devlin, LPFT Chair said:
I was so delighted to hear that Anne-Maria has been awarded this well-deserved honour. She embodies everything that is best in nursing.
She is a strong, compassionate and effective leader who has created a culture where staff, service users and carers are truly involved in improving mental health and learning disability services in Lincolnshire.
Anne-Maria is an absolute credit to our organisation and the NHS.
No stranger to accolades, Anne-Maria has previously been awarded two Florence Nightingale scholarships for her contribution to nursing leadership and Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to go to New Zealand, investigate end of life care and bring the learning to improve the practice back in the UK. She is also a clinical trustee to support group ADHD Solutions and is an active member of worldwide volunteer organisation Soroptimist International.