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OBE for Manchester chief nurse

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The chief nurse at a Manchester trust has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Gill Heaton, who is also director of patient services and deputy chief executive at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, was awarded the honour for services to healthcare.

Ms Heaton’s career in the NHS spans more than 25 years, during which time she has been instrumental in a number of initiatives to improve patient safety and patient experience.

She personally investigated individual cases of healthcare associated infections at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust and helped the trust surpass national targets on MRSA and C difficile. She has also led the productive ward scheme and launched a campaign to improve the quality of patient care at the trust.

In 2009, Ms Heaton led the opening of four new hospitals at Central Manchester, personally overseeing each individual patient move to ensure that patient safety and quality were not compromised.

Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive Mike Deegan said: “Gill has an incredibly strong personal commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience for the benefit of the NHS and has been a coach and mentor to a number of other managers.

She has made an outstanding contribution to professional nursing and operational management in the NHS.”

Ms Heaton said: “I am extremely excited and honoured to have been recognised with an OBE. This honour reflects all the staff delivering high standards of care to our patients and I am incredibly proud of what the NHS achieves every day.”

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