Published on: 2nd August 2019
Staff from mental health and learning disability services in Lincolnshire attended this year’s Royal Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace.
Three staff members from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust received invitations to the prestigious event in recognition of their hard work and contribution to inclusion in local health services.
Sophie Ford – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Linda O’Hara – Participation and Managed Care Network Lead, and Liz Bainbridge – Consultant Nurse for Safeguarding and Mental Capacity, were excited to attend the events which recognise and reward hard-working, dedicated individuals who make a positive impact in their communities on a daily basis.
The three colleagues immensely appreciated the opportunity and enjoyed sipping tea and eating cake, whilst the Queen, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, mingled and spoke to invitees about the work they do in their communities.
Liz Bainbridge attended in recognition of her British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Liz said that she felt honoured and privileged to be recognised for her services in mental health nursing and with vulnerable people. She added:
“I’m passionate about mental health nursing and this recognition makes my job even more special and satisfying.”
When reflecting upon the event, Linda said that
“It was a real privilege to be invited and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to experience such a traditional, historical, well-loved event.”
“I felt hugely privileged to be nominated. I want to thank the NHS, not only for the hard work to provide high quality care for patients and carers, but for giving me a career with true purpose and being able to work for an organisation that is so aligned to my personal values. The garden party was magical; a once in a lifetime experience.”