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Top award for local doctor

A consultant psychotherapist who works for a Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire NHS Trust is receiving a prestigious medal in this year’s New Year’s Honours.

Dr Judith Graham, of Scotterthorpe, Gainsborough, also an Advanced Nurse Consultant, has worked in a variety of clinical posts within the NHS for over 17 years. She is the Director of Psychological Professionals at the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) which provides a range of mental health, learning disability, drug and alcohol services and community health services across the three areas.

Judith, who is also a Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Champion and encourages people to speak up if they encounter issues to help improve patient care, and has also recently been appointed as a Trustee and Council Member of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, has received the British Empire Medal (BEM).

During the pandemic, Judith worked with RDaSH teams to develop an enhanced staff wellbeing programme that supported all, especially the most vulnerable; worked with Trust lead psychologists to establish psychological support hubs; supported the development and enhancing of support for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic and Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning staff networks as well as developing a network for staff who were at home shielding; she enhanced leadership support for regional FTSU guardians and much more.

In her spare time Judith, who also cares for her father, has also made hundreds of face coverings and ear supports for local nursing homes and carers; has supported food and medication drop offs for a number of highly vulnerable people; has raised cash for a number of charities, including cancer research, mental health, armed forces and multiple sclerosis charities as well as carrying out ‘random acts of kindness’ gift drops on doorsteps of people to spread a little bit of happiness.

She will receive her medal in the coming months from the Lord Lieutenant for South Yorkshire Andrew Coombe and will attend a future Royal Garden Party, once it is safe to do so.

Judith said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed. I had to pinch myself. I couldn’t believe it when I received the notification. I feel so privileged to have been nominated and selected for such a prestigious medal.”

Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive of RDaSH, said: “I am so proud of Judith. She works incredibly hard not only at RDaSH but also in her other roles including her national Freedom to Speak Up role. She regularly carries out charity work and also raises cash for well deserving causes. She is hard working, cares passionately for others and is inspirational. She thoroughly deserves this award.”

Dr Judith Graham
Dr Judith Graham