People's Stories

Across the nominations are stories of clinical excellence and examples of successful partnerships between the Defence Medical Services and the UK civilian healthcare providers.

Read about some of the people, projects and initiatives that make a difference to the lives of Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans. Across the nominations are stories of clinical excellence and examples of successful partnerships between the Defence Medical Services and the UK civilian healthcare providers. Learn more about some of the people, projects and initiatives that make a difference to the lives of Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans.

Illustrating excellence in the delivery healthcare and social care for Armed Forces personnel, their families and veterans.

Mrs Debbie Edwards - Pain Management

Acute pain in hospital is a well recognised problem that has often been poorly dealt with institutionally. Debbie Edwards, a Nurse Consultant at RCDM, has responded by investing significant amounts of her own time and expertise to help develop the management of pain, and has achieved positive outcomes for military and NHS patients.

Working with a multidisciplinary team, Debbie has been directly involved in managing many of the military casualties going through RCDM. This has led not only to reduced incidence of persistent longer term pain, but to changes in the day to day experience

of patients in her care, who have consistently praised her professional and can-do attitude.

Military Civilian Health Awards

Ms Sarah Winters - Trauma Occupational Therapy

Ms Sarah Winters, Trauma Occupational Therapist at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine since 2009, has, in the words of her nominator, “dramatically increased” the quality of OT provision to military patients at RCDM. She ensures that all operational patients admitted to RCDM receive timely assessment and provision of OT. This includes assessment for specialised seating and wheelchairs, early rehabilitation for functional activities in order to regain independence, and liaison with community OT services.

The complex nature of the work she carries out she does with supreme organisational, communicative, and clinical skill, and she has made a unique contribution to her profession and to the armed forces.

Military Civilian Health Awards

Major Simon Lawrence HQ squadron 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital (Volunteers)

Major Simon Lawrence is a senior Radiographer in a regional Oncology centre, and also the Officer commanding HQ squadron 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital (Volunteers). He has completed three tours of duty, most recently to Afghanistan. Always ready to step to the new challenges of imaging in theatre of war, he put into practice newly acquired skills such as those learnt through his ‘fast focused abdominal sonography in trauma’ training, and his rare ability to think, react and modify techniques has no doubt led to life saving outcomes.

He is a great ambassador for the armed forces, and is someone who has built effective partnerships and been an inspiration to others, despite enormous pressures.

Military Civilian Health Awards