HONOURED: Trinidad-born Jacqueline (Jacqui) Glasgow was honoured with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) on November 12, 2013. —Photos: AYANNA KINSALE

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Trini gets British award for work in health care

By Verdel Bishop

Trinidadians are excelling in every nook and cranny of the world—they are awarded and celebrated in their various fields for their sterling contributions.

 Wherever they are they are making Trinidad and Tobago proud—Trinidad-born Jacqueline (Jacqui) Glasgow, who was honoured with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), is one such Trini. 

The award recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds. 

Glasgow, lead nurse at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, received her medal at the awards ceremony which took place on November 12, 2013 at Buckingham Palace with Prince William presenting the award.  

When Glasgow visited Trinidad recently, she spoke to the Express about her award and her passion for the health services. She said the honour is one which Trinidad and Tobago should be proud. “My family was there and being at the Buckingham Palace and being honoured is a wonderful and humbling experience. It is surreal; a lot of people don’t get that,” Glasgow said. 

 “I have devoted a lot of years to the healthcare services working in various areas in the health field. I’ve taught medical students, I’ve worked in public health and I’ve also managed public health. It is something I have always loved and enjoyed doing. You never know that you are going to be nominated, no one tells you until that time comes but it feels wonderful to be honoured,” Glasgow said. 

Glasgow is hoping her award would inspire those stressed and depressed with the spiralling crime issue and is yearning for some positive and uplifting news.

 “I just want people to know that they can pursue their dreams and excel at it. It is rewarding to do that. I want the young people especially to know that the can be successful wherever they go. It’s not a nice feeling having to hear all the negative news. I think receiving this award helps to inspire people, and that’s why I wanted people to know about it; to inspire them,” Glasgow said. 

For 36 years, Glasgow has made an outstanding contribution to nursing in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.  She has a track record of developing and motivating others to achieve. She has studied extensively within the health field.  Her academic studies afforded her ability to successfully utilise various methodological approaches within the public health arena.  She has been an ambassador for both clinical and non-clinical staff and she remains a champion for the nursing/healthcare profession. 

Glasgow has held various positions in several NHS organisations over the years. These include the position of area service manager in Newham, Children and Families Nurse manager in Hackney.

She has been a clinician (staff nurse, midwife, ward sister, health visitor and clinical lead).  She has held the position as health lead in several public health areas of practice which include teenage pregnancy, adolescent health service, parenting, obesity and domestic violence.  

She was also instrumental in leading and developing the initial Sure Start Programmes in Newham, which continue to be a great value to families.  

She has been a tutor, a mentor and a coach to all grades of staff from a variety of disciplines.  She has been a valuable member of numerous advisory boards and was instrumental in improving their effectiveness and business planning to meet the needs of local communities. 

 Her knowledge is not limited to the nursing profession, she has taught on the curriculum of medical students for eight years.  Alongside her professional career, Glasgow has been a magistrate for several years. 

 Recognition of her contributions includes the Chief Executive Employee Performance Award for exceptional leadership and the MBE for services to healthcare. 

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