New Year Honours - other local recipients

Former Radio Wave News Editor, Alistair Clarke, is given an MBE for his services to social enterprise in Blackpool. 

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Also in line for an award is Blackpool Council’s head of libraries Mark McCree who has been given a BEM (British Empire Medal)  for services to public libraries.

He said: “I am overjoyed to receive such an honour. I am passionate about the positive impact  libraries and library services have on our communities.

“Libraries are all about free access to books, reading, information, digital resources and getting online; all of which are fundamental.

“They are also a place where you can connect with others – young and old, and engage in a range of activities; a place to learn, to feel welcome; an inclusive environment that supports and signposts everyone regardless of their background.”

Among other local recipients, a nurse at the Vic has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Sabbie Johnson has worked in Blackpool for almost 15 years and currently manages the older person acute male ward.

After joining Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2005, she was then posted as a ward manager in the division of unscheduled care in 2008.

She is one of their most experienced ward managers and her experience spans acute wards, gastroenterology and her current placement is as ward manager in care of mthe older person acute male ward.

This was a very challenging position to take on, with pressures caused by low staff morale and high turnover, higher than expected incidents and with negative feedback from patients, relatives and staff alike. However, taking on this challenge she has supported the ward to become a place of excellence, leading change and driving high quality patient care.

Sabbie is described as an excellent role model and leader, professional and patient focused to the core she has promoted calmness in the care of patients with delirium and dementia.

By improving the patient pathway, compliance to care plans and the overall environment to be dementia-friendly, the ward has now been able to reduce the use of security and one-to-one requests for dementia patients, she has improved patient outcomes, has embraced and promoted #PJparalysis and open visiting, and most importantly created an atmosphere of calmness and supportiveness.

She has been very supportive of introducing an electronic patient tracker to take care of the older person, something the consultants were struggling to embrace. This in turn has helped to deliver a shorter length of stay which is vitally important to the patients in this age group. 

Ronald Bell, National chairman, of the Royal Marines Association is awarded the OBE, for services to the Royal Marines and to the community in Blackpool.

Ron has wide-ranging business experience as a Management Consultant and Project Leader, specialising in Sales & Marketing, primarily within the Finance and Banking sector. He is currently working on a number of projects including delivery of a Social Innovation Campus for the Princes Trust.

Away from his business interests he maintains a strong link to the third sector and besides being a Magistrate, he is the Chairman of Clevr Money Credit Union and also holds Board appointments with, the Royal Marines Shop, Blackpool Housing Company Ltd and Blackpool Operating Company Ltd. He is a former Chairman of Fylde Ex Service Liaison Committee and his other voluntary work has involved Board appointments with, Bay Housing Association, Blackpool’s Town Centre Management Company, Chairman of Blackpool Coastal Housing and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Kirkham Prison. Additionally, he has been a Parliamentary Candidate and a Councillor where he chaired the Policy, Overview & Scrutiny Management Committee and the Educational Diversity Committee.

Ron’s proudest achievements include the fundraising and delivery of a self-sustainable Community Garden developed on a disused brownfield site within a deprived area. The provision of two Paul Daniels Theatre Schools allowing one hundred disadvantaged local children to partake, free of charge, in a twelve-week course resulting in a recognised qualification. He has also undertaken voluntary work in Rwanda with the Rwandan Ministry of Commerce to develop a paper on Tourism. Whilst in Rwanda he was also engaged in work centred on the re-structuring of the Rwandan Chamber of Commerce and the build of a Community Centre for a village populated by victims of the genocide.

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