Belfast Trust Staff Recognised in New Years Honours


Congratulations to two members of staff and a member of our Trust Board who received recognition in theNew Years honours list announced at the weekend.

Professor Stuart Elborn , Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Queens University and Consultant at Belfast City Hospital received a CBE for services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.

Professor Eileen Evason has been a member of our Trust Board since the formation of Belfast Trust in 2007, and will take up post as Acting Chair in January. She has received a CBE for services to the Disadvantaged in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Jenny Graham is currently Assistant Speech and Language Therapy Manager for Regional Adult Specialist services and Clinical Specialist in the management of Dysfluent Adults. She received an MBE for services to Speech and Language Therapy in Northern Ireland.

Professor Stuart Elborn is a specialist in respiratory medicine and an internationally recognised specialist in the care of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and related disorders.

He started a clinical centre for Adults with cystic fibrosis in Belfast City Hospital in 1995 and with the support of an expert clinical multi-disciplinary team has developed this to become one of the largest adult clinics in Europe. It is a leading centre in developing high quality patient care and in conducting patient trials of new therapies for CF.

He also leads an international research programme in Queen`s University which has made Belfast a leading Centre in the search for transformative new treatments for cystic fibrosis.

Professor Eileen Evason is an Emeritus Professor of Social Administration at the University of Ulster and is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Queen's University. She is the author of numerous publications relating to poverty, social security and health and social care.

Eileen has been a member of our Trust Board for many years, and takes up post as Acting Chair on 1 January 2013. She has held a variety of other public appointments and is also currently Chair of Northern Ireland’s Standards Committee.Eileen is also the resident expert on benefits for the BBC Consumers Affairs programme ‘On Your Behalf’.

"I am absolutely delighted - when I got the letter asking me if I would accept it, I had to sit down and take a deep breath," Prof. Evason said.  "Clearly I am very pleased that my work has been recognised and also of course this is recognition of all of the people who work in my field, people who are working in the citizen's advice bureaus, in the independent advice centres and so on.  There are a lot of people out there and they are working very hard at trying to support people who having a very tough time in our society at the moment."

Jenny Graham’s current role within Belfast Trust is Assistant Speech & Language Therapy Manager for Regional Adult Specialist services and Clinical Specialist in the management of Dysfluent Adults.

Jenny began her career in the 1970’s working with communicatively impaired adults in Belfast City Hospital.  She had the vision to create a Speech Therapy Service in BCH of clinical excellence and at the forefront of patient care. This she has achieved.

Speaking about her award, Jenny said “ I am humbled and honoured to receive this award. I have been very fortunate to have had a career which I enjoy immensely. This I owe to the people I have worked with both past and present and to all the brave patients I have encountered over my life’s work . ‘No woman is an island’! so on behalf of all who have supported me and those patients who have enriched my life I receive this award with deep gratitude.