Top honours for Bucks healthcare workers

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Two Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust staff have had their work recognised at the first Women in Spinal Cord Injury awards.

Karen O’Donnell, a National Spinal Injuries Centre sister, won the Outstanding Women (spinal cord injury centre) category and received the Stephen Bradshaw award for women in spinal cord injury for her work to establish a unit for youngsters at the centre.

Felicity Ashworth, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, won the Outstanding Women (in a non-specialist centre) category at the ceremony, organised by the Spinal Injuries Association.

Ms O’Donnell said: “I am so proud that the service we provide for children and young people with spinal cord injury has received such recognition.

“The awards from the Spinal Injuries Association are an honoured accolade to the dedication, commitment and expertise of our team.”

The awards recognise women who contribute to the treatment and care of spinal cord injured people across the UK, as well as celebrating the achievements of spinal cord injured people.

Ms Ashworth said: “I feel very honoured to receive this award.

“This award also reflects the hard work and dedication of the many members of staff who I work with in both obstetrics and at the National Spinal Injuries Centre.”

The awards took place earlier this month at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

They were attended by more than 180 guests and celebrities from stage, screen and sport, including Gary Lineker, who hosted the event.