The below article is focus’s on one of our longer serving members just because ‘sneakily’ I found out about the award from someone who works at one of the hospitals in the University Hospitals Group. Having said that surely he cannot be the only member of the Society who has received the same accolade. If you know of others please let me know so that we can recognise them as well for tremendous work they have done within the NHS.
Many of you will know Mick Fielding. Currently he helps with the Reviewers Appointments and until the outbreak of Covid was a Board member. Going further back he did Sunday appointments.
What most of you will not know is that Mick is a Governor of the largest NHS Hospital Trust in the UK, University Hospitals Birmingham. In that position Mick has been awarded, with all of his colleagues The George Cross.
The Queen “It is with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation, that I award the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom. This award recognises all NHS staff, past and present, across all disciplines and all four nations. Over more than seven decades, and especially in recent times, you have supported the people of our country with courage, compassion and dedication, demonstrating the highest standards of public service. You have our enduring thanks and heartfelt appreciation.
Very simple words that commemorate only the 3rd time that an organisation has received the highest civilian honour that the UK can give and is in recognition of the outstanding service that every member of the NHS has given the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still continuing to this day.
When asked to comment on the award Mick said;
This Trust, which has cared for the highest number of Covid patients over the last two years wishes to highlight the ceaseless and dedicated commitment of each & every individual at the Trust. As in rugby the individual contributes utilising their own talents, but it is only a team effort that creates victory and it is the teamwork of the UHB Trust within the NHS that has protected the vulnerable from even worse outcomes from those already experienced.
Mick on behalf of everyone connected with the Society congratulations and thank you.