Bryony Simpson, a medical director and speech and language therapist was named as a member of the annual New Year’s Honors List and awarded an MBE or Member of the Order of the British Empire. The New Year’s Honors List is part of the British honors system, which selects new recipients of official honors and members of orders of chivalry.
The MBE is awarded to persons who have provided outstanding service to the community or for their significant achievement. It is also given to those who perform exemplary local hands on service that not only benefits many people but also becomes a fine example to other members of society. It is usually presented to the awardees by the reigning monarch or the vice-regal representative. The names of the awardees are published in the London Gazette.
Humbled by the award
Bryony Simpson felt “humbled” by the award. She is a speech and language therapist as well as a deputy medical director at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. She has been helping numerous people who have language and speech difficulties for 35 years, not only locally and nationally but also internationally.
Through the 35 years that she had been working as a speech and language therapist, Ms. Simpson has achieved so many milestones. As part of her nomination, her achievements were listed and announced. She considers one of her proudest achievements the launch of the North Lincolnshire Communication Strategy in 2013. She was also the leader in the 2008-2009 Bercow review of the speech and language therapy services for children and young people. She feels mighty proud that the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow supported her nomination.
The work she did for the review paved way for the establishment of the North Lincolnshire Communication Strategy. The program was put in place to develop and support the communication skills of the younger generation in North Lincolnshire.
Between 2011 and 2014, Ms. Simpson was also the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists chairman. She played a major role in promoting her profession to local and national politicians. Ms. Simpson was also instrumental in the development of the International Year of Communication in 2014.
With her numerous achievements and accomplishments, she was still surprised by the recognition. She was just too passionate about her work that she does not mind the huge amount of time and effort she put into it. She said that her career has taught her so much and it was a very positive experience for her. She is thankful to the Trust that has supported all the work that led to improvements on services for patients and their families as well. She’s also thankful to her family who helps in raising awareness on the issues faced by people who have difficulties in swallowing, language and speech.
Ms. Simpson vows to keep working so that having communication difficulties would be recognized as a disability.