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Honour at the Tower of London for physiotherapist Dr Eve Corner MBE

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Brunel University London's Dr Eve Corner was delighted to receive her MBE at an investiture ceremony held at the Tower of London last week.

The Lecturer in Physiotherapy and critical care physiotherapist was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List in recognition of her services to Health Education during Covid-19, thanks to her having led the design and delivery of a high-quality national training scheme that prepared NHS staff who were re-deployed to intensive care units (ICUs) to care for patients hospitalised by the virus.

With most of these staff being from other clinical disciplines, they hadn't undertaken respiratory or critical care work for several years. So in March last year, as the NHS was responding to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic’s first wave, there was an urgent need to provide life-saving critical care skills for the care of these vulnerable patients.

Dr Corner led a Brunel team that worked alongside analytics company 33N to rapidly develop pre-recorded lectures and interactive tutorials with specialists in critical care, demonstrating how to monitor and interpret ICU equipment, ventilation skills, and much more.

She received her MBE from Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, with the Chief Yeoman Warder – the Tower of London's most senior Beefeater – in attendance, and will be invited to attend one of the Queen's Garden Parties next year.

Speaking when the honours list was announced, Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Brunel's Vice-Chancellor and President, commented: "It is clear that Dr Corner’s outstanding voluntary work has made a major contribution to national response to the coronavirus pandemic, and benefitted the lives of many NHS staff and people being treated for Covid-19.

"I am delighted that her work has been recognised by the award of this national honour. I am immensely proud of her achievements and of having such an inspirational physiotherapist as part of Brunel’s community.”

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Joe Buchanunn, Media Relations
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