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BSMHFT Director Patrick Nyarumbu receives MBE from HRH Princess Anne

Published: 08/11/2022

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust's (BSMHFT) Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships, Patrick Nyarumbu, has received his MBE from HRH Princess Anne.

Exactly two years since joining BSMHFT, Patrick received his medal at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of his commitment to serving and helping the community over the last two decades.

A registered mental health nurse, Patrick has worked in a variety of health care settings over the last 21 years including acute, forensic, community and home treatment, supporting the most vulnerable residents across Birmingham and Solihull. In 2011, Patrick completed the NHS Leadership Academy’s Top Talent career development programme for promising black and minority ethnic managers and nurses before securing the role of Assistant Director of Nursing at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Prior to joining BSMHFT in 2020, he was the Director of Nursing, Leadership and Quality for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the East of England.

Accompanying Patrick to Buckingham Palace on Thursday 3 November was his wife Tariro Nyarumbu, BSMHFT's Associate Director of Operations, Acute and Urgent Care, and his mother, Francisca who is a retired nurse. 

Patrick who values kindness and compassion highly, said:

“My mother was a nurse for more than four decades. Even though she has retired now, she still thinks and behaves like a nurse, she is always helping people and looking out for others, including myself. It was really inspiring seeing that growing up, so I decided to go into nursing too, specifically mental health nursing. 

“The experience of collecting my MBE from HRH Princess Anne was humbling, overwhelming and unforgettable. I am very grateful to my family and colleagues who have supported me over the years, this means so much to me,” Patrick added. 

Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Roisin Fallon-Williams, said:

“We are all so proud of Patrick. He richly deserves this wonderful recognition of his service to the NHS and we are very lucky to have his skills and experience as part of Team BSMHFT."

Patrick recently hosted the Jabali Men’s Network (JMN) celebration which is sponsored by Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England. JMN is a national network launched in February 2020 for men in nursing from African, Caribbean and Asian heritage to ensure greater diversity at the most senior levels. 

BSMHFT Director Patrick Nyarumbu receives MBE from HRH Princess Anne
BSMHFT Director Patrick Nyarumbu receives MBE from HRH Princess Anne