Nottingham nurse gets royal honour for improving quality of care for stroke survivors

Video: Dawn Good speaks about being awarded an MBE

A nurse has been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for work done improving the quality of care for stroke survivors in Nottingham hospitals.

Dawn Good, previously head of stroke services and lead stroke nurse at the trust which runs the QMC and City Hospital, will receive an MBE for her work.

She has worked in Nottingham all her life after starting her professional career as a staff nurse at the City Hospital 30 years ago.

She is one of 17 Nottinghamshire people honoured on the official list released by the Queen.

Dawn said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honour.

“It is just fantastic that the work over the last 30 years, with the support of very many colleagues from Nottingham University Hospital, The University of Nottingham and other partners across Nottinghamshire and further afield, to improve stroke care, treatments and outcomes and quality of life of stroke patients has been recognised.

“The work we have done together, with the support of stroke survivors and their families, over many years, has led to Nottingham becoming a national leader for stroke care, with the best outcomes in the country.”

Dawn Good, assistant divisional nurse for quality safety

One of the stroke survivors in Nottingham, Ossie Newell, thanked Dawn for the work she has done to help rehabilitate her.

Ossie said: “In August 1999, I suffered a stroke and as a result became totally involved as a campaigner for stroke services, which led me to the privilege of working with Dawn at NUH’s stroke unit at City Hospital over a period of 15 years.

“Dawn has been inspirational in her ability to drive improvements forward and as a result has built an enviable reputation in the field of stroke care nationally.

“This award is well deserved and is recognition of her talents and services to stroke.

“It has been a pleasure to have worked with her and contributed in a small way to these achievements – well done Dawn!”

In 2011, Dawn was appointed as the national stroke lead nurse to advise upon and develop stroke services.

Peter Homa, chief executive of NUH, said: “I send my warmest congratulations to Dawn on this well-deserved honour.

“Dawn has been instrumental in the development of stroke services in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire over the last 10 years.

“She is always striving to see how we can improve the service for our patients, their loved ones and carers by finding better ways of working.”

The Nottinghamshire people honoured as follows;

Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)

William Henry Marcello Parente for services to the Arts and Philanthropy.

Mrs Nora Margaret Senior. President, British Chambers of Commerce for services to the Scottish and UK Business Community.

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

William Michael Furniss for services to Swimming.

Mohammad Shahed Quraishi. Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon and director ENT Masterclass, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals for services to the NHS and Medical Education.

Peter Richardson. Chairman Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership for services to Enterprise and Growth in Nottingham.

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Mrs Dawn Alison Good. Head of Stroke Service and Lead Stroke Nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for services to Nursing.

Dr John Alan Holmes for services to charities in Nottinghamshire

David John Lipman for services to Liberal Judaism and the Jewish community in Nottingham.

Ms Lisa Joanne Pursehouse for services to Sport Charity Engagement and Community Development.

Mrs Margaret Carol Stannard. Volunteer, Oak Field School and Specialist Sports College, Nottingham for services to Special Educational Needs.

Sergeant Andrew Harrison. Communications and information systems specialist with the Corps of Royal Engineers. For supporting county, regional and national charities over the past two decades.

British Empire Medal (BEM)

Graham Charles Bland for services to The Fire Fighters’ Charity and the community in Nottinghamshire.

William Chambers for services to Football and the community.

Mrs Jean Roberta Corliss. Treasurer and Operations manager, Soar Valley Bus for services to Rural Community Transport.

Alan James Wilson Langton for services to the community in Mapperley and Arnold Nottinghamshire.

Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)

Ian Fred Birkin. Temporary Sergeant Nottinghamshire Police.

Mrs Kathryn Somerville. Temporary Detective Sergeant, Nottinghamshire Police.