Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, has been awarded an MBE – a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at a ceremony held in Windsor Castle.
Formby resident Susanne received the award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne on 26 October, after being recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s honours list announced on 30 December last year.
Susanne was honoured for her services to pharmacy, including her work responding to the coronavirus pandemic. This has seen Susanne and her team providing additional direct support to some of the borough’s most vulnerable patients.
She said: “Being chosen by the Queen to receive an honour has been an overwhelming surprise, it was such a pleasure to attend the ceremony and meet so many other inspiring people being recognised for their services and bravery during the last year.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of my team and the work we do to improve patient care in Sefton. We all rose to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that our most vulnerable patients were supported through these unprecedented times.”
Susanne and the medicines management team were busier than ever during the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, working to put in place additional support for patients across Sefton during a busy and uncertain time. This included providing post-dated prescriptions and electronic transfer of prescriptions for over 9,500 patients, so they kept receiving the medicines they needed safely.
Susanne and her team also provided valuable additional support for local care homes. They set up new policies and training to enable care home staff to best care for their residents, ensuring consistent supplies of medicines and providing dedicated support online for care homes in the borough.
Fiona Taylor, chief officer at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This honour is so well deserved. We are immensely proud of Susanne and her team and all of their hard work here in Sefton, especially their support in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination programme this year.”
“Susanne has also overseen the development of innovative award-winning programmes which have increased the quality and safety of prescribing across our local health and care system, improving the lives of our patients.”
The New Year Honours list is a part of the British honours system, with recipients of official honours named on New Year’s Day each year.
Titles of honour are given to mark the achievements and service of extraordinary people from all walks of life across the UK, in public recognition of their merit, service or bravery.