A DIRECTOR of St George’s Hospital has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Karen Castille, Director of Service Improvement and Strategy for the hospital, received the Order of the British Empire for ‘services to the NHS’, according to St James’ Palace which announced the honours on Saturday 11 June.

Speaking about her award, Ms Castille said:

“I was a little shell-shocked when they first told me I had been nominated. It seems hard to believe even now but it is a great honour and a wonderful privilege to be given the award.

“I’m a firm believer in the principle that you are only as good as the people you work with. I’ve worked with some fantastic people in the NHS, the Department of Health and the Modernisation Agency and this award is as much for them as it is me.”

A spokesman for the Trust congratulated Ms Castille on her achievement and added that ‘everyone in the hospital was very proud’.

Ms Castille is a former A&E nurse and midwife who became Director of Service Improvement and Strategy for the hospital in January.

Prior to this, she was Director of Emergency Care at the NHS Modernisation Agency.

Karen has held a number of nursing and managerial posts throughout the NHS and has twice been elected Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s A&E Association.