St Gemma’s Hospice Chief Executive, Kerry Jackson, has been awarded an OBE in the King’s New Year Honours list for services to palliative and end of life care.
St Gemma’s, of which the Bishop is a Patron, is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for its pioneering approach. Under Kerry Jackson’s leadership, the Hospice has flourished achieving an outstanding CQC rating (twice), ranking in the top tier of the best and most inclusive companies to work for, and becoming the world’s first University Teaching Hospice.
Sr Anne Hammersley of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion and a Trustee of St Gemma’s Hospice, said:
‘Kerry has been an integral part of St Gemma’s Hospice since 2010, leading the organisation with an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality palliative and end of life care, education and research. Her focus is always on making a difference to the lives of patients and their families and ensuring that the Hospice’s services are accessible to anyone who needs them.’
‘I was delighted to hear that Kerry had been awarded this special honour. Her dedication to the Hospice and wider palliative care movement has been outstanding and we are so pleased that her efforts have been recognised. The Hospice’s values are: caring, aspiring and professional and Kerry exemplifies all of these qualities. She is never complacent about success, instead she is resolute in ensuring that palliative care services are represented at a local and national level and that St Gemma’s care is available to anyone who needs it, irrespective of their background. On behalf of the Trustees, staff and volunteers, I send my sincerest congratulations to Kerry on her OBE.’