Royal Papworth Hospital's Chief Nurse Josie Rudman has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, published on Saturday 10 October. The honour recognises her contribution to nursing, patient experience and patient safety.
Josie was appointed Director of Nursing at Royal Papworth Hospital in March 2014. In 2019, she oversaw the move of clinical services from our former hospital in Papworth Everard to our new hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This year, Josie led the hospital's nursing team during the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a "surge" plan that saw our critical care unit expand to twice its usual size.
Josie said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed to receive this honour. Moving our hospital and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been such a huge team effort and I feel so proud that the work that I and the whole team have done in the last few years has been recognised in this way."
Stephen Posey, Chief Executive at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are incredibly proud to see Josie receive an MBE. Josie worked so hard to deliver a safe move to our new hospital last year and has played a vital role in our response to COVID-19. She is a real credit to Royal Papworth Hospital and the wider NHS.”
Josie is currently on secondment to NHS England four days per week but remains the hospital's Director of Infection Prevention and Control.