THE UNIVERSITY of Salford is honouring a senior nurse who has dedicated over 40 years of her life to the NHS.
Elaine Inglesby-Burke, Chief Nurse at Salford Royal Hospital, began her nursing career in 1980 at Warrington Hospital and has spent her entire career in the North West.
Such is her contribution, the University is awarding her one of only two Honorary Doctorates at the Salford Winter Graduation Ceremonies.
Awarded with a CBE for her services to nursing in 2015, Elaine has been credited with boosting nursing standards and has sat on national bodies including the Prime Minister’s Nursing And Care Quality Forum.
Her career has taken her to St Helens and Knowsley Hospital Trust, The Walton Centre in Liverpool, where she became Director of Nursing and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.
Elaine is currently Chief Nursing Officer of Northern Care Alliance NHS Group which runs Salford Royal.
The University, one of the country’s largest NHS Trust educators of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, works closely with the hospital, where Elaine and her team have helped develop trainee nurses. Elaine has also started a scheme helping the University’s nursing students find employment during their training.
Elaine Inglesby Burke said: “This is for all the nurses. It is such a privilege for me to receive this honour, having worked so closely with the University for a number of years. From leaving school I wanted to be a nurse and it has been such a rewarding career.
“Every day is different, and you don’t do it alone. It is all about the team when you are a nurse, that is what I loved about it and what kept me in the profession. This is really deserved by not just me but all the amazing colleagues I have worked with over the years. It’s very humbling.”
Margaret Rowe, Dean of the University’s School of Health and Society, said: “Elaine is a natural leader, motivating her team to provide the very highest possible care to those who are sick and vulnerable and making a difference to people’s lives every single day.
“To those nurses working under her as well as to our students starting off in their careers, Elaine is an inspirational role model.
“She embodies many of the values we instill in our students, through her commitment to constantly improve care and safety.”