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Chief nurse receives MBE

Posted: 30 December 2021

Picture of Tracey Carter recieving MBE

West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust’s chief nurse, Tracey Carter, was presented with a Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Princess Royal for her leadership, empathy and passion as a nurse over the past 30 years.

A member of West Herts since 2014, Tracey is highly regarded from ward to board by her peers and the wider nursing community.

Tracey was awarded her MBE at Windsor Castle on Wednesday 11 November along with others who have contributed to the country, particularly throughout the global pandemic.

Her leadership has helped the trust to better recruit, retain and transform its nursing workforce helping to dramatically reduce the vacancy rate for junior nurses.

Tracey is very active in helping to identify and support the development of new roles to widen and transform the trust’s nursing workforce. She has championed the introduction of the role of nursing associates which enables healthcare support workers to gain a nursing qualification.

She has put into place a major support programme for nurses and healthcare assistants, introducing leadership and management training for band 6 and 7 nurses which has developed a leadership pipeline and improved retention.

New nurses and midwifes are now supported in the first year of their role following qualification thanks to an active preceptorship programme launched by Tracey.

She understands what makes frontline staff tick and drives pride within the organisation, looking for opportunities to recognise people’s efforts and to celebrate them. A champion of diversity, she is committed to improving opportunities for everybody and helped to instigate Black History Month celebrations within the trust.

Tracey, who is also director of infection prevention and control said: “I felt very privileged to receive an MBE. No man is an island, and my contribution has been hand in hand with everyone I have worked with and who has supported and believed in me. Team West Herts are the special ones whom I feel share this honour with me.

“It was such an honour to be at Windsor Castle with so many others who have given so much to the country and used their skills to support abroad as well. It was wonderful to talk to them and share the day.”


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