An “inspirational” senior nurse who has dedicated four decades to the NHS has been honoured by a university.
The University of Salford has awarded Elaine Inglesby-Burke one of only two honorary doctorates at its winter graduation ceremonies.
“It is all about the team when you are a nurse, that is what I loved about it”
Ms Inglesby-Burke is currently chief nursing officer of Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs Salford Royal Hospital.
As one of the country’s largest NHS trust educators of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, the university said it worked closely with Salford Royal, where Ms Inglesby-Burke and her team have helped to develop trainee nurses.
Whilst working at the hospital, Ms Inglesby-Burke has also started a scheme to help the university’s nursing students find employment during their training.
Beginning her nursing career in 1980 at Warrington Hospital, Ms Inglesby-Burke was awarded a CBE for her services to the profession in 2015 and has also been credited with boosting nursing standards.
The senior nurse who has spent her entire career in the North West of England has also been a part of national bodies, including the prime minister’s nursing and care quality forum.
Ms Inglesby-Burke has worked at St Helens and Knowsley Hospital Trust, The Walton Centre in Liverpool, where she became director of nursing, and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.
Speaking of her award, Ms Inglesby-Burke said: “This is for all the nurses. It is such a privilege for me to receive this honour, having worked so closely with the university for a number of years.”
“Elaine is a natural leader, motivating her team to provide the very highest possible care”
She added that she had wanted to become a nurse since she left school and found the career “rewarding”.
“Every day is different, and you don’t do it alone,” Ms Inglesby-Burke said. “It is all about the team when you are a nurse, that is what I loved about it and what kept me in the profession.
“This is really deserved by not just me but all the amazing colleagues I have worked with over the years,” she added. “It’s very humbling.”
Margaret Rowe, dean of the university’s school of health and society, said: “Elaine is a natural leader, motivating her team to provide the very highest possible care to those who are sick and vulnerable and making a difference to people’s lives every single day.”
Ms Rowe added that Ms Inglesby-Burke was an “inspirational role model” to the nurses both working under her lead, as well as to students who were beginning their nursing careers.
“She embodies many of the values we instil in our students, through her commitment to constantly improve care and safety,” said Ms Rowe.