New Year Honour for UCLH chief nurse 

31/12/2012 00:00 
The Queen’s New Year Honours List was a cause for celebration at UCLH. Chief nurse Katherine Fenton was among the great and the good recognised for their outstanding achievements and service. 

Katherine Fenton was awarded an OBE for services to nursing.

Katherine Fenton was awarded an OBE for services to nursing.


Katherine said "I will be accepting the award on behalf of all the dedicated nurses out there. It is great for our profession to be publicly recognised for the care and commitment we give to patients."

Katherine joined UCLH in 2011 and before this she worked as Director of Clinical Standards and Workforce/Chief Nurse at South Central Strategic Health Authority. Her nursing and midwifery career spans 30 years and has included posts at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, University Hospital Birmingham and the Airedale Hospital NHS Trust, Director of Nursing and Patient Services at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and at Barts and the London NHS Trust. She was named as a professor at City University in December 2012.

One of her priorities is to provide nursing and midwifery care based on the ‘basics of what really matters to patients’. "Giving patients proper nourishment and water, low infection rates, preventing falls and pressure ulcers – these are the things that lead to first class care and reduce the risk of harm to patients."

Reducing harm to patients is always uppermost in her mind: she led the development of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement national nursing and midwifery high impact actions aimed at reducing the risk of harm.

Alongside David Wherrett workforce director, she led the development our new values which were launched in 2012 as part of the Making a Difference Together campaign.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: "I am delighted that Katherine’s fantastic contribution to the NHS has been recognised. I am sure that everyone at UCLH will join me in congratulating her."

 

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