A leading nursing and wound care researcher has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Nicky Cullum, professor of nursing at the University of Manchester, is one of the UK’s leading nurse researchers and specialises in particular in wound care.
She has led major multi-centre trials, which have delivered significant impact on nursing practice, and also founded the Cochrane Wounds Group, the world’s first centre for evidence-based nursing.
In a statement, Professor Cullum said she was “overwhelmed, shocked and surprised”, and paid tribute to the many community nurses that had helped her with her research.
“I look at conditions like leg ulcers and bedsores to see how to improve treatments. It’s the less glamorous side of nursing but it affects thousands of patients and is something nurses have to treat and deal with every day,” she said.
“I’ve worked with hundreds of community nurses who, as well as doing their demanding day jobs, have helped me to gather research with no extra pay or recognition. This honour is as much for those nurses and researchers who have worked on the research as it is for me,” she added.
The Queen’s birthday honours list, unveiled on Friday night, also contains OBEs for seven nurses and MBEs for a further seven.
OBE recipients comprise four nurse consultants, and three nurses involved in education and academia – including Sue Bernhauser, former chair of the Council of Deans of Health, and Monica Fletcher, chief executive of long-term conditions education charity Education for Health.
Two nurses were also among the recipients of the British Empire Medal for community work, which was re-introduced last year as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Overall health made up 7% of all the honours given out, according to the Cabinet Office.
See below for nurses in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2013:
Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Professor Nicola Anne CULLUM
Professor of Nursing, University of Manchester. For services to Nursing Research and Wound Care
Order of the British Empire: Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Susan Jane BERNHAUSER
Lately Dean of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield. For services to Nursing
Monica Julie FLETCHER
Chief Executive, Education for Health. For services to Nursing and Nurse Education
Nurse Consultant, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. For services to Blood Transfusion
Dr Josephine HOCKLEY
Nurse Consultant, St Christopher’s Hospice. For services to Palliative Care Nursing
Joan Lee MYERS
Nurse Consultant, Community Children’s Nursing NHS, Whittington Health. For services to Children and Nursing
Professor Margaret Campbell SMITH
Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee. For services to Healthcare
Nurse Consultant, Peaks Unit, Rampton Hospital. For services to Offender Health
Order of the British Empire: Members of the Order of the British Empire
Nurse Consultant, Public Health England. For services to Healthcare
Sylvia Sarah Ann FOSTER
For services to Nursing and Healthcare in Northern Ireland
JP Lead Nurse, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Healthcare
Senior Nurse Manager, Spruce House, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry. For voluntary and charitable services in Northern Ireland
Shirley Irene LOGAN
Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. For services to Palliative Care in North Wales
Macmillan Paediatric Cancer Nurse Specialist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Nursing in Northern Ireland
Karen Elizabeth SALMON
Nurse, Crosslinks. For services to Improving Health and Lives in Ethiopia
PS: Bernadette PORTER
Multiple sclerosis nurse consultant at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Honorary MBE for services to nursing, as she is Irish national
Order of the British Empire: Medallist of the Order of the British Empire
Elizabeth Joan CALVER
Nurse and Caregiver, Pramacare Home Care Services. For services to Older People
Iris Honor WRIGHT
Marie Curie Nurse and Ambassador, Marie Curie Cancer Care. For services to End of Life Care