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Biomedical scientist reaches the finals of national awards

A biomedical scientist at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has reached the finals of a prominent national awards ceremony.

Cherie Beckett (pictured), who works in the microbiology department at PAHT, is a finalist for the Chief Scientific Officer’s Awards. The awards are held to recognise and celebrate the contribution of healthcare scientists to the NHS and across the broader healthcare system.

The ceremony will be held at the Chief Scientific Officer’s conference at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Tuesday, 17 March.

Cherie does not yet know which category she has been shortlisted for – the surprise will be revealed on the night.

She has been recognised in her field for her role in lecturing and mentoring student biomedical scientists and being an advocate of her profession among industry networks and on social media.

Cherie said: “I am honoured to have reached the finals of the Chief Scientific Officer’s Awards.

“The biggest reward is inspiring aspiring biomedical scientists into the profession, providing support in our network and professional growth.

“I am passionate about my work and the impact that microbiology has on patient care – supporting our patients with a diagnosis to guide their treatment.”

Andy Morris, chief medical officer at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “It is wonderful to see Cherie’s hard work and dedication to her profession recognised at this prestigious national awards ceremony.

“Congratulations to Cherie on this amazing achievement.”

Notes to editors:

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995 and provides services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. We have an annual income of around £236,700 million. We have 414 general and acute beds at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and provide a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We also provide outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping.

We employ around 3,500 staff and serve a local population of about 350,000 people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Our extended catchment area incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

In October 2019, the Government announced that we are to receive funding to rebuild a new hospital in Harlow for our patients, community and people. The details around the funding and the timeframe are currently being finalised and we are completing our business case for the new hospital.

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