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Prestigious Suffolk Award given to system's chief nurse

Suffolk’s chief nurse who has led the clinical aspect of the roll-out of the vaccination programme across the system has said she is ‘absolutely overwhelmed’ after receiving a prestigious award from the county’s High Sheriff earlier today.

Lisa Nobes was given the Suffolk Award in recognition of outstanding service to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Suffolk Award acknowledges individuals who devote their time and energy to improve the lives of people and communities across the county.

Lisa: “I am absolutely overwhelmed and extremely grateful, but I am also thinking about all of the other amazing people that also deserve an award like this.

“It’s an absolute honour and I’ve worked with some inspiring people over the past couple of years.”

Lisa added: “I remember just over a year ago having conversations with people and thinking how on earth are we going to do all of the things we need to do – and then we just did it.

“The ability to all get-together and deliver the most challenging agenda at a time of national crisis for the greater public good has been one of the main achievements within our system.”

The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy, said: “Lisa is the most deserving recipient.

“The time of the pandemic has been the most impactful, possibly one of the most socially destructive periods we’ve had in our history of the last 40 years.

“People who have been in the frontline to help us all get through it deserve every single note of praise that we can give them.

“So, this is really special as far as I’m concerned.

“Lisa has not only dealt with the administration of numerous programmes, but she’s been prepared to engage with us herself, to tell people exactly what’s happening, get people more confident, more certain. She has really gone the extra mile to deal with a really tough time and she’s just a lovely person too – you get that just talking to her.”

Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of the Suffolk and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I’m so pleased that Lisa’s been recognised.

“She’s been an incredible leader during the pandemic working with such kindness and authority and integrity.

“The work she’s done in the media to reassure people and to encourage people to be protected by the vaccine has been second to none, so I’m delighted her contribution has been recognised.”

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