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Two Senior Trust Nurses Honoured by the Chief Nurse of England

Two Senior Trust Nurses Honoured by the Chief Nurse of England

Date of release: 5 May 2021

Two senior nurses at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have become the first in the organisation to be honoured for their contributions by Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby, Chief Nurse, has received the Gold award at the Chief Midwifery Officer Awards, recognising lifetime achievements for nurses and midwives. 

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Pictured: Prof. Ann-Marie Cannaby, Chief Nurse (left) and Karen Glover, Matron in Trauma and Orthopaedics (right)

Karen Glover, Matron in Trauma and Orthopaedics, earned the Silver award, which recognises major contributions to patients and the profession. Ms May presented the staff members with their respective badges at a virtual ceremony before the latest Trust Board meeting, on Tuesday, May 4th.

Ms May said: “I want to say thank you to these two nurses. Ann-Marie, this is an award for the legacy you have given this Trust and something that is vastly appreciated. As Chief Nursing Officer of England I would like to give you the Gold award as an expression of thanks for everything you have done. You have taken what was the Medical Clinical Programme to the Clinical Fellowship Programme, something that multiple disciplines are attracted to from all over the world. You have continued to provide leadership and support to your staff, illustrated where 98 per cent pass on their first attempt and the programme has been recognised by the Nursing Times.

“Karen, you have done everything possible to further develop yourself and you have had such a rapid rise from band 5 to 6 to 7 and now you’re a Matron. At that rate, you’re going to be Chief Nursing Officer very soon! A very big personal thank you to you for the amazing leadership you have shown so I am delighted to give you the Silver award for the leadership of our profession you have shown.”

Ann-Marie said: “I’m delighted and honoured to receive this award – it’s wonderful. It’s been a privilege to lead the nursing team at RWT, but this award is truly down to – and rightly recognises – the outstanding work of a whole group of hugely dedicated staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the Trust a place where so many nurses choose to work.”

Karen added: “I’m totally overwhelmed – it’s such an honour. I thank RWT for giving me the opportunity to work for such an amazing hospital. I just do my job so this is the last thing I expected. I am very passionate about encouraging people to realise their full potential and believe if you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Ann-Marie joined the Trust in April 2018 and her leadership has inspired a transformation in the nursing and midwifery sector. After taking over when there were 250 vacancies, there are now virtually none in a sector that employs over 3,000 staff at the Trust.

Karen, who started work at RWT in July 2016, has shown huge determination to achieve her goals. Having come from South Africa, it took two years to receive her Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) pin. The NMC weren’t satisfied with her references even though she had her own midwifery practice for 14 years. So she traced her tutors online back to the mid-1980s when she qualified, and once those references were submitted, finally gained her pin. Since then, she has progressed through the bands to become Matron. As well as Trauma and Orthopaedic, she is also responsible for Patient Services.


Notes to Editor

  • Ms May launched the new Chief Nursing Officer for England and Chief Midwifery Officer Awards at the CNO Summit 2019 as part of a wider commitment to recognising the value of nurses and midwives

  • For further information, please call Tim Nash on 01902 447297 or email tim.nash2@nhs.net
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