The Director of Nursing at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust was named in the New Year’s Honours List.
Trish Armstrong-Child has been awarded an MBE for her services to nursing. She joins a privileged list of people who have been highlighted for their extraordinary achievements from across the UK.
Ms Armstrong-Child, who is also the Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to receive an MBE. It is something I never imagined but feel humbled to have been nominated for. When I came into nursing I didn’t have a clear career pathway but I have been very lucky to be provided with many opportunities to work in a variety of roles and I have worked with some truly fantastic and talented people.”
Ms Armstrong-Child, who has worked for the NHS for nearly 30 years, first qualified as a registered general nurse in 1992. She went into the nursing profession after being inspired by her mother, who worked as a health care assistant in a nursing home. She completed her nurse training at Whiston
Hospital in Merseyside, thrived in the role and has never looked back.
Her career has seen her work in a number of hospitals in the North West as a staff nurse, a sister, a matron, going on to obtain senior positions in nursing and operational management, including holding the position of Deputy Director of Operations at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, before joining the Board of Directors at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in 2013.
Earlier in 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bolton for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Health Care’. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has strong links with the university, with Ms Armstrong-Child working collaboratively with the organisation to establish a pre-registration nursing degree. In handing her the honour, the university said she had quadrupled the places open to Bolton nursing students.
She is passionate about nursing being a profession to be proud of, adding: “Sometimes nursing is referred to as a profession nobody wants to be in anymore, I cannot think of anything better.”
The Board of Directors at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust now has two executive members recognised by the British honours system. Chief Executive of the Trust Dr Jackie Bene has received an OBE for her services to healthcare.
Dr Bene said: “I am delighted for Trish that she has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing. It is truly well deserved and I’m sure I speak for many in saying that we are incredibly proud of her and very grateful for enormous contribution she has made to Bolton.”