27 July 2021

Debbie Buck, a lead nurse for practice development, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) during a ceremony at Northampton County Hall. The ceremony was presided over by James Saunders Watson – HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and his wife.

Debbie was awarded a BEM in the Queen's New Years Honours announced in January earlier this year in recognition of her work in response to the COVID pandemic.

Debbie developed a warehouse and formed a team to deliver vital Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to NHS colleagues to keep them safe and enable them to continue providing vital care and support.  She also helped prepare trainers to deliver essential training to NHS staff. 

Debbie enjoyed the whole experience.

"I received the medal in a small ceremony alongside five other recipients and their guests. The Lord Lieutenant read out a precise of the citation, which was a very humbling experience, and I received the framed certificate and boxed medal, which is engraved with my name on the ridge. It was a fantastic experience and one I will remember for a very long time."