MBE is recognition for whole team, says Whittington nurse
08 January, 2021 — By Tom Foot
Michelle Johnson MBE
THE Whittington’s chief nurse has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list – in recognition of her role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Michelle Johnson said the gong should be seen as recognition for the whole team at the hospital in Archway.
“I am genuinely shocked and humbled,” she said. “I never expected to be recognised in this way.”
The hospital is in the thick of a new wave of the coronavirus, with staff facing similar or greater challenges to what they experienced in March and April.
The weekly clap for the NHS is due to be revived after rising case numbers led to a new national lockdown and nursing staff stretched once more.
Ms Johnson said: “I see it as acknowledgement not just of my work over the past year but for the dedicated hard work of the whole team here at Whittington Health.”
The hospital’s chief executive Siobhan Harrington said: “We are delighted that Michelle has received this award for her work during the Covid-19 pandemic at Whittington Health Trust.”
She added: “Michelle has been a visible leader across all areas of the Trust, with patient and staff safety as her absolute focus. Her personal commitment is exceptional, particularly her accessibility and visibility. Colleagues know Michelle as being someone they can approach, someone who will listen to them and someone they can trust.”
Baroness Julia Neuberger, chair of the hospital trust added: “This recognition of Michelle’s achievements reflects the outstanding work colleagues across the Trust provide each day.
“Michelle has continued to lead and support colleagues this year, always showing her calm professionalism and consistency in what has been an exceptionally pressurised year.”
She added: “Michelle’s good humour and enthusiasm have been inspirational to all of us, and we are all so pleased she has been recognised in this way.”