A MENTAL health champion has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of the Worthing-based Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been honoured for her services to the NHS.
Lisa has been chief executive since the partnership was formed in April 2006 and was chief executive of predecessor trusts from 2001.
John Bacon CB (Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath), chairman of Sussex Partnership, said: “Lisa has always challenged discrimination in all its forms. At Sussex Partnership she has set up and encouraged the development of new services to help some of the most vulnerable people in society and she has also raised the profile of mental health nationally through her personal drive and commitment. We are delighted for her.”
Lisa, who lives in Brighton, said: “Throughout my working life I have chosen jobs which have put me in touch with people who face adversity and challenge. I pay tribute to every patient, every carer and every member of staff. My award honours all of them.”
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