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Nurses recognised in honours list


A leading health visitor and a nurse turned manager have been made dames in the New Year Honours list.

Professor Sarah Cowley is credited with leading the academic research which created the evidence base for modern health visiting.

She retired last year after a career that began in nursing, but has focused on health visiting since 1980. She joined King’s College London in 1992 and was appointed as Professor of Community Practice Development five years later.

She recently co-led a programme of research to support the government’s Health Visitor Implementation Plan.

Professor Cowley is also a trustee and founding member of the new Institute of Health Visiting, which was launched at the end of 2012.

Nancy Hallett OBE has worked in the NHS for over 35 years, becoming chief executive of Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust in 1999.

She joined the trust in 1993 as director of nursing and patient services, having previously worked in nurse management and education.

She is credited with overseeing the London trust’s achievement of top ratings while delivering integrated healthcare for a locally deprived population, and is regularly present on the wards.

Four members of the profession have become Officers of the Order of the British Empire, including the former chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland Martin Bradley, and Professor Kath Fenton, chief nurse at University College Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust.

There are also eight Members of the Order of the British Empire and three Medallists of the Order of the British Empire.


Full list of honours recipients:

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Professor Sarah Ann COWLEY. For services to Health Visiting.
  • Ms Nancy HALLETT, OBE. Former Chief Executive, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Healthcare.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

  • Audrey Therese, Mrs ARDERN-JONES. Associate Lecturer, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Cancer Genetics Nursing Care
  • Martin Eugene BRADLEY. Lately Chief Nursing Officer. For services to Nursing in Northern Ireland and the UK
  • Professor Katherine FENTON. Chief Nurse, University College Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Nursing
  • Eileen, Mrs MOIR. Lately Executive Director of Nursing, Health Improvement Scotland. For services to Nursing and Healthcare

Members of the Order of the British Empire

  • Jessie, Mrs COLQUHOUN. Lately Community Nurse, NHS Highland. For services to Healthcare in Ardnamurchan, Argyll
  • Miss Elizabeth Joyce DOHERTY. For services to Nursing and Healthcare in Northern Ireland
  • David FERGUSON. Consultant Nurse (Learning Disabilities and Mental Health), Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Nursing
  • Jean, Mrs GLYNN. Children’s Service Manager, Health Visiting and School Nursing, Stoke-on-Trent. For services to Healthcare
  • Ms Ann Marjorie JOHNSON. Nurse Educator, Lecturer and Alzheimer’s Campaigner. For services to Healthcare
  • Vera Elizabeth, Mrs KELSO. Lead Midwife, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Nursing in Northern Ireland
  • Dr Vina MAYOR. Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Panel, Bedfordshire. For services to the NHS
  • Patricia Jayne, Mrs MUDD. Nurse Consultant, Cardiac Rhythm Management, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Healthcare

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire

  • Anthony HOPKINS. Associate Director of Day Care Services, Broadmoor Hospital. For services to Nursing
  • Patricia Anne, Mrs SPENCER. Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area Nursing and Midwifery Committee. For services to Nursing in Glasgow
  • Elizabeth Gordon, Mrs WILLIAMSON

Ophthalmology Charge Nurse, NHS Borders. For services to Ophthalmology in the

Scottish Borders


Readers' comments (5)

  • congratulations to one and all

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  • I see that as usual it is very unlikely that anyone will put forward the name of a Nurse or Health Care Assistant who works day to day on the wards delivering the care that patients need. If you want to nurse on the front line that isn't ever going to be recognized as a worth while contribution to the profession. Why is it those on the biggest salaries and have the least patient contact get all the awards? I put no credence on these awards as I have seen in my many years of nursing those who get to the top generally get there at the expense of others and generally have very little clinical experience and are quite unapproachable. Its good to see that the class system in the UK is alive and kicking and that you have no chance of honors recognition if you are in the wrong class and not a nursing manager.

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  • I agree with Anonynous 9;jan well put and concise. My family has put over 200 years of clinical practice into the NHS. No mention anywher, not even a thank you. I recently attended a Hospital to try to get some medication for an ill Patient and recieved a parking ticket for doing my duty. Thats how unfair it is.

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  • We have to accept that the honours system smacks of croneyism. It isn't the fault of those who are nominated, but those people and organisations who make such nominations.

    It is possible for anyone to nominate a colleague who has spent their life providing direct nursing care. The fact is we don't do it. Perhaps the rank anf file should google The Honours System and make their own nominations.

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  • i dont know any of the people honored, but they didnt start at their elavated levels, no doubt they started out their career paths as student nurses etc and progressed and developed.
    i understand that it appears that people on the grass roots level are not given such awards - are they nominated?
    im more unhappy when a sportsman /woman is honored for a very brief career and success - often when being sponsored or paid to train etc. i can understand the longstanding sports people who have overcome adversity and also used their skills to inspire others to achieve being awarded.

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