30 Dec 2012
A former senior nurse at Broadmoor Hospital has been recognised in the New Year honours list for services to nursing.
Tony Hopkins, former Associate Director of Day Care Services, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his work at the high secure hospital in Berkshire – one of only three such units in England.
The BEM was recently revived for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (having not been presented for 20 years) and is awarded for significant service, worthy of recognition by the Crown.
Tony, who retired in April, started work at Broadmoor when he was just 18, working his way up from healthcare assistant to one of the most senior nurses at the hospital.
Tony said: “I was shocked and deeply humbled when I found out. This is something you never expect to happen to you and I feel very honoured to have been chosen.”
Leeanne McGee, Executive Director for Broadmoor Hospital said: “We are delighted that Tony has been selected for this very special honour. His contribution to mental health nursing has been significant and during his 35 years at Broadmoor he made a real difference to the patients and staff he worked with. Tony should be deeply proud of this achievement.”
Tony will be officially presented with the medal at a special ceremony in January.