A STUDENT at the University of Chester has been awarded an MBE for services to health care in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Annette Rushton, 55, is currently studying for a diploma in counselling at the university after spending the best part of two decades of a nursing career spanning nearly 40 years working in nursing management before taking early retirement last year.
Having worked at Severn Hospice, Shropshire, as a nursing director, Annette was looking to work with patients face-to-face again.
She enrolled on the diploma in counselling course at Chester and is now in her third and final year.
Annette said: “I’ve enjoyed the course very much. It’s extremely stimulating. I chose counselling because I wanted to take a different approach to patient care and deal with the emotional and social aspects.
“I looked at many different universities and colleges that offered the diploma, and Chester became my clear first choice.
“They have a good name in the field and most counsellors I spoke to recommended it highly”.
During 19 years at the Severn Hospice, Annette had played a key role in the expansion of the hospice’s care for patients and their families.
Now working on a placement at the Hamar Centre, attached to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, she received news of her MBE out of the blue last year.
Annette said: “A letter arrived in November from the government Cabinet Office, telling me I was to receive the MBE. I was completely flabbergasted! I am very proud to be awarded it, but I still cannot believe it.”
Annette will attend Buckingham Palace later this year to receive her award.
ANNETTE'S HONOUR: University of Chester student Annette Rushton has been awarded an MBE for services to health care in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.