12th June 2018

Sarah Marzaioli receives BEM in Queen’s birthday honours list

Sarah Marzaioli has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s birthday honours List, for her services to Speech and Language Therapy.

Sarah has worked in Speech and Language Therapy for 36 years. She has been recognised for her work to continually drive best practice and improve efficiency in the administration of the Speech and Language Therapy service across the county.

Sarah Marzaioli BEM, Speech and Language Therapy Administrator

Sarah Marzaioli BEM, Speech and Language Therapy Administrator

Sarah, Speech and Language Therapy Administrator said: “My first reaction was shock and I still can’t quite believe it! I am thrilled to bits as it is a great honour and I am very proud that Anita, my manager, felt I deserved to be nominated for my input into the Speech and Language Therapy service. I am pleased to think the award recognises the work of all of those “unsung heros” of the NHS, and admin and many other support services, who ensure the front line staff can do their job.”

Anitia Smith, Speech and Language Consultant Therapist said: “This award is so well deserved. Sarah is a true professional. She is dedicated, efficient and very knowledgeable. If anyone in our department is in doubt we ‘ask Sarah’. She has never tired of finding new ways to support our therapists to do their role as effectively and efficiently as possible. She is an inspiration on how to stay up beat and motivated, despite the challenges that we face.”

Dr Adrain Bull, Chief Executve ESHT said: “I am delighted Sarah’s hard work and service has been recognised with this honour. She is just one of four NHS workers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to be recognised in the Queens birthday honours list. As we approach the NHS’s 70th birthday it is great to see the importance of health recognised in these awards, with many NHS staff deservedly honoured for the incredable work they do.“