A host of nurses and midwives from a range of practice areas, home and abroad, former and current, have been recognised in the New Year honours list for 2016.
The list includes CBEs for the country’s most senior public health nurse, Professor Viv Bennett, who is chief nurse at Public Health England, and for Manchester nursing academic Professor Karen Luker.
Professor Lesley Fallowfield, an expert in psychology linked to cancer, but who trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, was made a dame.
Meanwhile, there was an OBE for Hertfordshire mental health nurse Oliver Shanley and MBEs for nearly 20 others from the fields of nursing and midwifery.
Mr Shanley, who is also deputy chief executive of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am very proud to be a nurse, having come from a long line of nurses in my family.”
He added: “On a personal level, I am both shocked and delighted but more importantly I hope this will help to further break down barriers and raise the profile for mental health and learning disabilities.”
Avril Devaney, director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was one of those awarded an MBE.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have my contribution recognised in this way.
“I have worked alongside many amazing people over the past 32 years who have inspired me to do all I can to improve opportunities and support for people experiencing mental health conditions to live full lives,” she added.
Helen Meehan, who works at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said she was “humbled” at being awarded a British Empire Medal for her work supporting patients and families at the end of their lives.
She was nominated for the honour while working in her former post at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull Hospital and Community Services.
Ms Meehan said: “I feel very privileged to have worked with so many amazing people and teams in my nursing career, many that have been willing to try new ways of working with me, to strive to be the best that they can be, to support some of our most vulnerable patients and families. I feel so very proud to be flying the flag for nursing.”
See below for all of nurses and midwives, or recipients linked to nursing, in the 2016 New Year honours list:
Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire
- Professor Lesley Jean Fallowfield, Director, Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer, University of Sussex. For services to psycho-oncology
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse, Public Health England. For services to nursing
- Sharon Tracey Blackburn, Policy and Communications Director, National Care Forum. For services to nursing and the not-for-profit care sector
- Professor Karen Anne Luker, Lately Dean, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester. For services to nursing and midwifery
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Dr Oliver John Shanley, Executive Director, Quality and Safety, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to mental health and disabilities nursing
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
New Year honours for leading nurses and midwives
- Beverley Barclay, Director of Clinical Services, The J’s Hospice, Essex. For services to nursing, particularly young adults with life-limiting conditions
- Greta Beresford, Safe Childbirth Programme Co-ordinator. For services to improving midwifery principally in Russia, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan
- Jane Collier, Nursing Adviser for Wales. For voluntary service to First Aid through St John Ambulance
- Philippa Davies, lately Deputy Director of Nursing, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. For services to nursing
- Avril Mary Devaney, Director of Nursing, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing of people with mental health problems
- Maurice John Devine, Assistant Head, Health and Social Care Clinical Education Centre. For services to the Nursing Profession and the Field of Learning Disabilities
- Julie Flaherty, Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Assessment and Decision Area, Salford Royal Foundation Trust. For services to paediatric nursing in Greater Manchester
- Katie Ann Gatward, Volunteer Nurse. For nursing services to Ebola victims in West Africa
- Deborah Glover, Editor, Primary Care Nursing Review. For services to nursing and nursing journalism
- Elizabeth Lees, Deputy Director, Nursing and Patient Experience, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. For services to nursing
- Marion Catherine Macleod, National Co-ordinator, Scottish Practice Management Development Network, NHS Education for Scotland. For services to Healthcare
- Annie Brenda Ollivierre-Smith, Cath Lab Manager and Lead Cardiac Nurse, BMI The London Independent Hospital. For services to cardiac nursing
- Fiona Rose Peacey, Clinic Nurse, British High Commission, Lilongwe. For services to healthcare in Malawi
- Paula Phillips, nurse consultant, Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Services, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. For services to mental health nursing
- David William Prout, Perinatal Community Mental Health Nurse, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. For services to community mental health nursing
- Carol Ann Stonham, senior nurse practitioner, Minchinhampton GP Surgery, Gloucestershire. For services to nursing
- Samantha Jane Swinglehurst, lead nurse, specialist practice, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. For services to child and adolescent mental health services
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
New Year honours for leading nurses and midwives
- Wendy Angharad Churchouse, Arrhythmia Nurse, Morriston Hospital, Swansea. For services to Cardiac Patients in South West Wales
- Fiona Fry, lead specialist nurse in Hepatology, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing
- Helen Clare Meehan, lately specialist palliative care nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. For services to palliative care
- Kathryn Ruth Vowden, lately nurse consultant, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing
- Rachel Mary Williamson, District Nursing Sister, Falkland Islands. For services to the community in the Falkland Islands
Associate of the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class
- Lieutenant Commander, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service Suzanne Lorraine Gardner-Clark