The chief nurse at a Midlands hospital has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Cheryl Etches, chief nursing officer of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust, has been in the post for the last seven years.
She said: “I am very humbled to accept this honour and feel it recognises the efforts of many staff at the trust who work tirelessly to deliver good quality care to the people who we serve.”
Ms Etches started her nursing career in Nottingham, moving to Derby as manager of the accident and emergency department and then became deputy director of nursing at Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals NHS Trust.
The award has been given to Cheryl in her married name of Cheryl Dunn.
David Loughton chief executive of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust said: “I am absolutely delighted for Cheryl and it is fitting recognition of what she has achieved in improving the nursing standards and general standard of care in Wolverhampton.
“There are no doubts that she is one of the leading chief nursing officers in the country and works tirelessly for the benefit of patients and does not accept second best.”