Two nurses from Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs honoured with the British Empire Medal

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Beverly Morris and Molly Henriques-Dillon scooped the prestigious British Empire Medal for fantastic leadership and care to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beverly is the Head of Continuing Health Care (CHC) at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group and Molly Henriques-Dillon is a Quality Nurse Team Leader at Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group. They have an excellent reputation for delivering patient centred care and supported work across many independent care home providers and with local statutory services.

They ensured safer care plans were implemented for the best possible resident care within care home settings - through regular contact, provision of education and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies.

During these challenging times, Bev and Molly were recognised for supporting the proactive swabbing of care home residents and supporting care homes in crisis. A record 100% of infection and prevention care home education support was also achieved.

Care home managers were impressed with their friendly, helpful approach and commented that the crisis had not deterred the team from being pragmatic, calm, patient focused, and solutions orientated.Bev Morris

Bev’s focus has always been to manage a range of complex patients, sometimes in very difficult situations and across organisational boundaries, yet she has led her team with knowledge, humility and often going the extra mile.

Bev said “I am honoured to have been nominated and feel very privileged to receive this British Empire Medal. It feels very surreal - I was doing my job like so many other amazing people in NHS during these unprecedented times.

I accept this medal on behalf of my manager and an absolutely amazing team, without them our achievements would not have been possible.”Molly Henriques Dillon

Molly Henriques-Dillon said “I was astonished to hear that I was receiving this prestigious award. It is my honour and delight to accept the British Empire Medal not just for myself but also for the incredible people I work with in the CCG, the City Council, Community teams and the care home managers; we pulled together to save lives and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.” 

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs said “I’m delighted that our lead nurses offer solutions and a positive approach in any situation, no matter how difficult. They are willing to learn, open minded, respected and great colleagues who are held in very high esteem. They are an asset to our team, colleagues and patients.”

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG said “Bev and Molly are fantastic role models and highly deserving of this prestigious award. They join other Black Country colleagues on the Queen’s honours list this year – we are also so proud of Dr Sarbjit Clare and Gaynor Evans who received an MBE and OBE respectively”