The outstanding service of clinical, managerial and voluntary staff throughout the NHS has been recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours, with health sector recipients making up 10 per cent of all honours, up three per cent on last year.
We at LATCH were thrilled by the news that Rowena Jones, Paediatric Oncology Outreach Specialist Nurse, was awarded an MBE for services to sick and disabled children and end-of-life care.
Rowena has worked in the field for over 20 years now, working closely with the families LATCH helps support and is much loved in her local community. Her post was originally funded by LATCH for the first 3 years until it was taken over by the local Health Board, something she remains grateful for to this day.
LATCH continues to assist Rowena and her team, most recently supporting her to attend a course on complex symptom management at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
Rowena commented: “Since the news broke that I had been nominated for the MBE, I’ve been so touched by the outpouring of lovely comments from families both new and old. It’s especially rewarding to receive this award as it shines a spotlight on the essential work I’m so honoured to carry out, and continue to enjoy as much today as I did at the beginning of my career.”
She continued: “LATCH has been a tremendous support from day one, and my colleagues in West Wales and I are very excited that LATCH will be funding a chemo-chair for the shared care centre in Carmarthen as well as an en-suite cubicle for our neutropenic patients.”
Many congratulations, Rowena – such a well-deserved honour and recognition of the enormous impact you continue to make for children and their families across Wales.