Southmead Hospital Consultant Dr Seema Srivastava honoured with an MBE

Friday, 29 December 2017

North Bristol NHS Trust is delighted at the news that Dr Seema Srivastava, Associate Medical Director for Safe Care, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours Southmead Hospital Consultant Dr Seema Srivastava who has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honourslist, for her services to the NHS in Patient Safety.

Seema, who joined the Trust in 2008, is a Consultant in Medicine for Older People and also the lead Consultant for safety and quality improvement. She led the development of a combined ‘National Early Warning Score  (NEWS) and Pain’ chart across the Trust, which helps the early identification of patients at risk of deterioration, thereby ensuring early intervention. Seema also developed a novel NEWS chart for Neurosciences, which helps detect deteriorating neurological health.

Much of Seema’s work focuses on training staff to provide safer care to frail patients with complex care needs who are at increased risk of falls. She works with the West of England Academic Health Sciences Network Patient Safety Collaborative and is a Faculty Member of the Royal College of Physicians’ QI Hub which focuses on developing quality improvement capability across healthcare systems.

Seema said, “I am really honoured and grateful to have been nominated for this award and am proud of the work that I’ve been able to achieve in improving patient safety in our hospital and within our regional networks. But it has not been a solo achievement – I would never have been able to accomplish what I have, without the constant support of the wonderful individuals and teams that I’ve had the privilege to work with at Southmead Hospital, and within the local health community.”

A mum and keen runner herself, Seema also coaches and encourages mums in her community to get back into exercise and champions women’s education as part of the Trust’s ambassador scheme – visiting schools and colleges to inspire young women to consider a career in the NHS.

North Bristol NHS Trust Medical Director, Chris Burton, said: “Seema is a very popular and respected Consultant who places the greatest emphasis on delivering compassionate care to some of our most vulnerable patients. We are very proud of the work she has achieved here at Southmead Hospital and it is wonderful to see her receiving this recognition on a national scale in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.”

Chief Executive, Andrea Young said: “This is such an amazing honour and so thoroughly deserved. Seema has such energy and enthusiasm and inspires the people around her to achieve great things in patient quality and safety.
“We are thrilled that she is being recognised in this way.”