One of the country’s top nursing leaders has been made a dame in New Year’s honours list.
Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, is among more than 20 members of the nursing profession given honours by the
Queen in the 2015 honours list.
Three nurses have been made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and four have been made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – three for their work overseas.
A further 10 have been made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), as well as two recipients of the recently-reintroduced British Empire Medal and a navy nurse given military honours.
“I would like to thank all the staff who work here because this recognition would not have happened without them”
Ms Sills has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of the major contribution she has made to nursing since she qualified in 1983.
With a background in accident and emergency, she has become widely recognised as one of the country’s top nurse leaders.
Ms Sills has been chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ since 2005 and has previously been director of nursing at both the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital.
Among a range of best practice initiatives, she is credited with being the driving force behind the award-winning Barbara’s Story training film to raise staff awareness of dementia.
She said: “This is the most amazing honour, I can’t quite believe it. I have had an amazing 10 years at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and I would like to thank all the staff who work here because this recognition would not have happened without them.”
“She is an excellent ambassador for nursing who has made a very valuable contribution to healthcare”
Among those receiving the CBE is Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales and commanding officer of 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital, an army reserve unit which was deployed to Afghanistan last year.
Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “This is a well-deserved honour in a career that has spanned decades of outstanding patient care, nursing education, leadership and innovation. She is an excellent ambassador for nursing who has made a very valuable contribution to healthcare.”
Another CBE recipient was Professor Julienne Meyer, who leads research in care for older people at City University London. She is also executive director of the My Home Life Programme, a UK-wide initiative to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people.
In addition, Professor Fiona Ross, a leading light in community and practice nursing research and education, received the CBE. She currently works at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.
Meanwhile, Sally Tyler, who works as a specialist nurse for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, said she thought the letter telling her she’d been nominated for an MBE was a practical joke to begin with.
Ms Tyler, 50, has worked as a children’s epilepsy specialist nurse since 2001, providing services for young people aged up to 19.
She said: “I am really pleased to accept it for children’s epilepsy and on behalf of our team. There are lots of unsung heroes out there and I couldn’t do my job without their support.”
Nurses and midwives in the 2015 New Year Honours list:
Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Eileen Sills, CBE
Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
Wilma Christina Jean Donnelly DL TD
Director of Nursing, Royal College of Nursing (Wales). For services to Nursing, the Armed Forces and Trade Unionism. (Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan)
Professor Julienne Elizabeth Meyer
Professor of Nursing Care for Older People. For services to Nursing and Older People. (Guildford, Surrey)
Professor Fiona Mary Ross
Professor of Primary Care Nursing, Kingston University and St George’s and Director of Research, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. For services to Nursing. (London, TW9)
Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Ms Maud Kells
Nurse, WEC International. For services to people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Cookstown, Tyrone)
Sharon Mary White
Founding Member, School and Public Health Nurses Association. For services to Public Health Nursing for School Aged Children. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Deborah Louise Bone
Mental Health Nurse, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. For services to Children and Young People. (Hertfordshire)
Teresa Jane Chinn
For services to Nursing. (Bristol)
Consultant Nurse, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Respiratory Care. (London, SW4)
Winston Anthony McDowell
Bank Staff Nurse, Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust. For services to Mental Health. (Crowthorne, Berkshire)
Anne Macgregor McPherson
For services to Nursing. (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire)
Margaret Rose Whyte Linton Mitchell
Stroke Liaison Team Leader, Westgate Health Centre. For services to Healthcare in Tayside. (Forfar, Angus)
Rene Fordyce Rigby
Development Officer, Scottish Care. For services to Mental Health Nursing.
Lead Nurse for Dementia, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Nursing. (Wakefield, West Yorkshire)
Judith Mary Smith
Macmillan Nurse Consultant, Cancer and Palliative Care, Borders General Hospital. For services to Oncology in the Scottish Borders (Galashiels, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Laude)
Sally Jane Tyler
Children’s Epilepsy Specialist Nurse, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. For services to Nursing. (Norwich, Norfolk)
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire
Ms Patricia Lyn Carey
Lately Healthcare Assistant, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Rhondda Cynon Taff. For services to the NHS. (Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan)
Staff Nurse, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride. For services to Healthcare and charity. (Blantyre, Lanarkshire)
Diplomatic service and overseas list – Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Kathy Jane Mellor
Neonatal nurse practitioner. Family Care and founder, Birthlink. For services to neonatal nursing and charitable work to improve the survival of newborn babies in developing countries
Elizabeth Ann Ottaway
Nurse, Nhkata Bay, Malawi. For services to improving health and education in Africa
Associate of the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class
Lieutenant Sarah Kay Thompson
Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service