There were several nominations for Elsbeth McLatchie in the Chairman’s Nursing Award category.
One of them stated simply: “Her compassion, patience and pragmatism are remarkable with both patients and staff”.
Elsbeth has had a varied career spanning 41 years within the NHS starting as a midwife, spending time as a sister on a surgical ward and in intensive care, as well as taking on a post researching breast cancer and finally taking on her senior clinical nurse specialist role at the breast screening service.
It is testament to the regard in which her peers hold her that we received six nominations from her peers to be recognised in these annual awards.
When we caught up with Elsbeth to interview her for this publication she said she was delighted to receive the recognition however she added, “I am a bit embarrassed. I feel I am just doing my job and there are plenty of nurses out there working as hard for patients as I am”.
A passionate and dedicated nurse Elsbeth was also instrumental in setting up the Accord Hospice. She says she loves every bit of nursing and if she lived her life again she would choose nursing all over again.
Below: Elsbeth receives her award from the Cabinet Secretary.