A podiatrist from Fife has become one of only five people in the United Kingdom to receive a prestigious professional honour.
Lynne Parsons received the Meritorious Award from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists for Services to the Podiatry Profession on Friday 15 September 2017. She travelled to the House of Lords for a reception and lunch to receive her award, which is only given to five outstanding professionals each year.
Lynne has worked in NHS Fife’s Podiatry Department for the last 30 years and has seen many changes during this time;most recently, with the formation of a new Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, which takes in a range of NHS Fife community services and Fife Council Social Care services. Over the last couple of years, Lynne has been involved in the development of the new musculo-skeletal triage hub, which allows individuals with a greater need for care to be treated sooner.
Lynne says she was shocked to learn of her award: “Initially I was surprised but I am very honoured. I was nominated by colleagues in Fife and references were also given by podiatry colleagues across Scotland. It is very humbling to be recognised by your peers and I do not think there is a greater honour than being recognised by your peers. Over the last thirty years I have worked alongside a lot of excellent clinicians in Fife and we have been very lucky to have them.”
NHS Fife Chair, Tricia Marwick, said the award gives everyone at NHS Fife and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership a boost: “We are very lucky to have so many talented, hard working members of staff, and it is fantastic when their efforts are brought to wider recognition. People in Fife like to see our own doing well and I am sure that all our staff will receive a boost from Lynne’s success. I know that she is very highly thought of by patients and colleagues alike and I would like to congratulate Lynne on behalf of everyone at NHS Fife and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership.”