The doctorate was awarded to deputy chief nursing officer Hilary Garratt in recognition of her “inspirational and crucial” work in Salford, where she is resident.
“It has been, and continues to be, a real privilege to work as a nurse”
Ms Garratt is a registered nurse and health visitor with 36 years’ experience in clinical, public health and executive leadership roles in the NHS.
As well as providing back-up to English chief nursing officer Ruth May, Ms Garratt leads on a range of national programmes that focus on safeguarding vulnerable people and supporting the professional development and leadership of the nursing profession.
She worked in the Salford health system for more than 16 years serving a variety of nursing roles including surgical nursing and intensive care in North Manchester.
“It has been, and continues to be, a real privilege to work as a nurse,” said Ms Garratt.
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Source: University of Salford
“You often work with people when they are at their most vulnerable, and not only does it give a true sense of purpose to one’s career, but it helps shape you both as a professional and as a person as you learn and develop, and that is such a special privilege.”
The honorary doctorate was awarded to Ms Garratt by the University of Salford’s School of Health and Society, which described her contribution to the local area as “inspirational and crucial”.
On receiving the doctorate, she proudly addressed her colleagues: “There will surely be some tough times, but working with amazing colleagues and having the ability to influence the health and wellbeing of people and communities is an enormous and rewarding privilege.”
Ms Garratt has been working at national director level for the last seven years and in 2017 she received a CBE for services to nursing and her national work to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in society.
In 2018, she was nominated as one of the country’s 400 Women of Achievement and Inspiration.