Nurse Leader of the Year receives an MBE

Spectrum Community Health CIC’s Head of Transformation at HMP Liverpool, Stella Hannaway, has been awarded an MBE for services to prison healthcare. Her MBE was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, released on Friday 11 June.

Stella joined Spectrum in 2015 from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is currently leading health and social care at HMP Liverpool, a category B/C prison for men located in Walton, Liverpool.

As a clinician and strategist with over three decades of nursing experience – both as a practitioner and senior manager – Stella’s specialist knowledge includes transformation, governance, drug & alcohol and personality disorder services.

Stella commented: “I am enormously passionate about offender health and I am keen to make a difference leading and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Caring for patients with such complexity allows me to work at my very best. My ambition is to promote a zero-suicide culture across prison environments, raising the profile of nurses and midwives as champions of safer custody. I thoroughly enjoy working for Spectrum and we are always looking for new talent.”

The Queen’s acknowledgement of Stella’s achievements come two years after she won Nurse Leader of the Year at the Nursing Times Awards 2019. This was in recognition for her role in turning around patient safety at HMP Liverpool, vastly reducing rates of self-harm and suicide through effective risk management.

Mandy Philbin, Spectrum’s Director of Nursing & Quality Assurance, said: “I have been able to hear the passion and see the commitment that Stella gives in every conversation, with regards to her staff and patients alike. I have also witnessed Stella’s unselfish contribution and positive impact on her team and those that she cares for. Her heart-warming approach shows the true value and dedication of being a real nurse. On behalf of Spectrum and the nursing community, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Stella.”