It was a great honour, and particularly rewarding to be selected by a judging panel that included Dame Christine Beasley, then presented with the award by the prime minister.
With the honour comes the responsibility to build on the work of myself and my colleagues. This award shows that excellence exists in mental health care in the independent sector, and how that sector and the NHS can work together.
Thanks to Nursing Times for a great night and to the judges for choosing me to receive such a prestigious award.
Nick Shaughnessy, Partnerships in Care, Arbury Court, Cheshire