North east nurse receives royal seal of approval

Posted: 24/10/17

A north east nurse received a royal invitation to celebrate her work in mental health.

Kate Chartres, a Nurse Consultant from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of mental health and disability services was invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the World Mental Health Day celebrations.


The evening was a magical celebration of the work of the collective partnership we have in the UK; people from voluntary sector, hospitals, the media and charities who bravely shared their stories. I was enormously humbled and honoured to be there amongst such a well deserving crowd. It is wonderful to see mental health finally getting the recognition it deserves. But there is so much more still to do

Kate ChartresNurse Consultant

The reception was held at Buckingham Palace on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October, to celebrate the work of the UK mental health sector, which focussed on the theme of wellbeing of workers with an emphasis on what employers can do to protect the mental health of their workforce.

Attending the evening were TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry of Wales, as well as many others who influence the mental health agenda.

Kate received an invitation from ‘The Master of the Household’ inviting her to the reception to acknowledge her contribution to working in the mental health sector. Kate finds innovative ways to influence on social media, carefully challenging, celebrating and educating people about mental health issues.

Kate continues “I was delighted by the liveliness of the discussions and developments being discussed. I remember tweeting ‘why can’t every day be mental health day’, and for me it is, it’s my vocation, my passion and what brings me absolute joy.”