UK Doctor who battled covid on frontline becomes first woman to win national award last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- "It was just amazing, especially to know that I was the first female doctor to receive this honour"
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! One of Manchester's most experienced intensive care consultants who worked on the coronavirus frontline has become the first female doctor to win a prestigious national award. Professor Jane Eddleston is Joint Group Medical Director of Manchester University and also works as a critical care consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Her expertise was crucial to the hospital trust's pandemic response plan - which saw thousands of patients across Greater Manchester successfully treated for the effects of Covid-19. She also appeared at a Downing Street press conference in October 2020 to warn of the effect the virus was having on the region's hospital capacity. And, she was instrumental in ensuring the trust had the equipment needed to save lives. READ MORE:Remains of third victim discovered at demolished mill in Oldham Prof Eddleston has now been awarded a gold medal by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine - the first time a woman has been given the honour. Dr Jane Eddleston (Image: Mark Waugh Manchester Press Phot) The award citation highlighted her contributions in patient care, professional leadership and research - saying that "many working in intensive care medicine today have been influenced by her and many patients and services have benefited from her vision and drive for improvement." Jane, originally from Stirling in Scotland, said that news of the award had taken her by complete surprise. She said: "I got an email saying congratulations and that I’d received the award. I had to look at it several times to make sure it was real.
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. "It was just amazing, especially to know that I was the first female doctor to receive this honour. It was very emotional indeed, especially as Dr Alison Pittard, Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Dr Danny Bryden, Vice Dean, who presented me with the medal, are very successful female clinicians as well."
Dr Jane Eddleston was awarded a gold medal by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
(Image: Mark Waugh Manchester Press Photography Ltd)
When Jane studied medicine at Dundee University in the 1980s, 30% of the students were female but now that is shifting, with more female medical students than male. Jane said: "There have definitely been massive changes. But the pressures are different now too, and we have to think very carefully about how we can support all young doctors – female and male – to make sure that they can give their best for their patients." She also believes that ensuring that there is support for clinicians wanting to move into senior leadership is key, so that their voices are heard in decision-making meetings at local, regional and national level. Jane added: "I have maintained my clinical practise throughout all my roles, because that’s what gives me the greatest satisfaction, to care for patients. Having an authentic clinical voice helps massively if you are suggesting improvements for patients which have implications for operational issues or finance. At the end of the day, whatever your role in the NHS, you are there for the patient." READ NEXT: Major road closed due to burst water main - latest updates Manchester's abandoned and 'historic' hippodrome 'crying out to be restored' The new flats aimed at Gen Z with a cinema, gym and yoga studio "My dad always told me football wasn't for girls - this is what the Lionesses historic Euro win means to me" Investigation underway after eight people rescued from apartment block fire