Director of Swindon’s First City Nursing awarded an MBE in Queen’s New Year Honours list

By Anita Jaynes on 31 December, 2020

Managing Director of Swindon’s First City Nursing and Care, Stephen Trowbridge, has been awarded an MBE for Services to Domiciliary Care during Covid-19.

Stephen was nominated for the award for the tireless work he has undertaken through 2020 that has helped protect his customers, staff, partners in the care sector, and the wider community from the wide-reaching impact of Covid-19. One major aspect of his achievements is in ensuring that Swindon has been among the few local authorities where there has been no waiting list for packages of home care for patients waiting to leave hospital, leading his team to go the extra mile in terms of time, commitment and through effective communication and partnership working. 

He has been at the forefront of understanding the complexities of changing guidance, information and translation into practice, which has been of benefit to staff, partners and commissioners. 

Stephen has made a long lasting impact to the wider care sector, both through his role of Chair of the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Care Skills Partnership and by working with other national partnership Chairs to ensure a U-turn on the continuation of the Workforce Development Fund, which provides funding for continued professional development in the industry.  

Stephen said, “I couldn’t believe it and it still hasn’t sunk in yet. But really this should be an honour for all of my team, who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic and continue to do so.

“If it wasn’t for them flexing and going over and above then none of this would have happened.  I’m just a cog in a bigger machine that’s working to improve the lives of the people in our community, and really I’m probably one of the smaller cogs; it’s down to the expertise and commitment of the whole team for it working as it does.”

Three other Swindon and Wiltshire residents were also recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2021, including:

  • 106-year-old Anne Baker from Salisbury was awarded an MBE for her lifelong volunteer fundraiser services for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), with over 50 years of work.
  • 65-year-old Chris Lloyd from Ramsbury was awarded a BEM for his services to the community in Ramsbury as a Firefighter and Watch Manager for his local fire station.
  • 77-year-old Reverend Bernard Rumbold from Highworth was awarded a BEM for his voluntary service to young people through his work with the Royal Air Force Cadets.