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MBE Awarded to Shibu Chacko

MBE Awarded

MBE Awarded

Our sincere congratulations to Shibu Chacko, Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation who is based at Darent Valley Hospital. Shibu has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours as recognition for his work in Organ Donation especially within minority communities.

Shibu started his role 5 years ago and was faced with the reality of a high number of organ donation declines from minority communities. He identified that there was a poor understanding of the importance of donation, plus a lack of information about how the donation is facilitated, peoples fear of mutilation, along with cultural and religious reasons. Shibu then experienced several declines from his own South Asian community, so he decided to do something to address this issue by spreading the message of how important organ donation is. He used presentations, teachings, leaflets and social media to encourage people to sign up to become donors and had discussions among community members. His initial responses was disappointing so he persevered and became an active educator and campaigner using leaflets in regional languages and spent lots of time clarifying people's concerns.

Once his campaigns gained acceptance within the community, he formed a voluntary group and over the last 5 years has achieved over 3000 new registrations to the NHS Organ Donation register.

Shibu said “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and delighted that the work I do with promotion of organ donation with the minority communities has been recognised. It was a big surprise and even though I have been a nurse for many years, I never thought I would ever be in line for something so prestigious as this. Throughout my career I have been privileged to meet and be supported by so many extraordinary people and to that extent this award is as much about their contribution as it is my own. To be recognised in this manner is a huge honour and I am absolutely delighted. I want to thank my supportive family, my wonderful friends, my dream team, my inspirational colleagues in NHS Blood and Transplant and my colleagues at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.”