Karen James awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours List 2020
30 December 2019

Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT is delighted with today’s news that Chief Executive, Karen James, has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020.

The award recognises the transformation Karen and her team have made in turning the Trust into an integrated care organisation of excellence for treatment and care. 

Six years ago she was asked by the then Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt to turn around the Trust after it was found to be failing by the regulatory body, Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Trust Chair, Jane McCall, says the award recognises the enormous contribution Karen has made to turning around the standard of care now experienced across all wards, departments and in our local community. 

She says: “Karen has dedicated her working life to the National Health Service. Every day she demonstrates great leadership through living the values of the NHS: caring, compassion and dedication. This award is well deserved and on behalf of all the staff, volunteers, patients and the wider community, I’d like to thank her for her dedication and professionalism.”

Karen says she was surprised and humbled to receive recognition for doing a job she loves. “I know I share this award with all my wonderful Trust colleagues who work tirelessly every day to treat and care for our patients and their families and carers. I am privileged to have such a dedicated team and very supportive local partners including the local authority and clinical commissioning group (CCG).”

Karen will be invited to a special investiture ceremony early next year.