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CBEs for community nurse leader and Welsh CNO in Queen's 2017 birthday honours list

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The head of the community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute has been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours list, along with the chief nursing officer for Wales.

Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, and Welsh CNO Dr Jean White have both been made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

“I am mindful that my contribution is a small part in a very long and significant history”

Crystal Oldman

They are among 21 nurses mentioned in this year’s birthday honours list, which was published on 16 June.

Dr Oldman joined the QNI in November 2012. Previously she worked in the NHS for 18 years, the majority of which was spent in community nursing working with deprived communities in West London.

She has a passion for learning, teaching and research to support best practice and in 1994 joined Buckinghamshire New University as a senior lecturer. She enjoyed an academic career for a further 18 years.

Queen's Nursing Institute

CBEs for QNI leader and Welsh CNO in birthday honours list

Crystal Oldman

She said: “I am thrilled to have been recognised for my services to community nursing and my leadership of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

“As the chief executive of the oldest professional organisation for nurses in the UK, I am mindful that my contribution is a small part in a very long and significant history of a unique organisation founded by William Rathbone with Florence Nightingale,” she said.

Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of the Institute of Health Visiting, said: “This is a very timely and well deserved award for a champion of community nursing!”

Meanwhile, two nursing academics have been made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBEs), namely Professor Belinda Dewar, from the University of the West of Scotland, and Dr David Evans, from the University of Greenwich, one of the leading authorities on sexual health theory in the UK.

Dr Evans, a senior lecturer in sexual health and former Catholic priest, said he was deeply honoured.

University of Greenwich

CBEs for QNI leader and Welsh CNO in birthday honours list

David Evans

“Facilitating learning and research in sexual health and HIV studies since 1990 fills me with sheer joy,” he said. “The audiences are primarily nurses and midwives, but many other healthcare professionals too.

“If each one of the thousands of students and professionals I have taught over the years goes away and does just one thing positive, to intentionally promote sexual health and well-being of their clients, then the work of teaching has impacted the nation’s health by thousands of per cent,” he added.

Professor Dewar has been working with nurses, patients and families in a range of care settings over the last 25 years to support improving the experience of giving and receiving care. 

In 2004, she set up the Centre for the Older Person’s Agenda at Queen Margaret University which carried out research and development work in partnership with older people themselves, practitioners and researchers.

In 2006, she was appointed as the first nurse consultant for care homes across Scotland and worked closely with Scottish government, regulatory bodies and the health and social care sector to support staff in practice development and quality improvement. 

Over the last four years, her work has focused primarily on quality improvement in care homes as director of My Home Life Scotland.

In 2015, Professor Dewar was also named in the Nursing Times Leaders list for 2015, which recognises and celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in their profession.

University of the West of Scotland

CBEs for QNI leader and Welsh CNO in birthday honours list

Belinda Dewar

She said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

“Throughout my career I have been part of teams who have championed developing practice through approaches that value all those who are involved in the process of giving and receiving care,” she said. “I feel privileged to have been a part of developing meaningful cultural change across health and social care.”

Also getting OBEs are Catherine Howell, chief nurse for diagnostic and therapeutic services at NHS Blood and Transplant, and Peter Meredith-Smith, associate director of employment relations for the Royal College of Nursing in Wales.

Mr Meredith-Smith has been a registered nurse since 1984 and has worked to improve healthcare in a number of public service roles, including 10 years with the Welsh government.

Former Nursing Times editor Niall Dickson, currently chief executive of the NHS Confederation and previously chief executive of the General Medical Council, has also received a CBE.

Commenting on the awards, Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “Our nursing staff are some of the brightest and bravest people in the country and it’s wonderful to see so many of them honoured in this way.

“These nurses have done incredible work for their patients and their fellow nursing staff. I congratulate each of them for embodying the values that make nursing the remarkable profession it is today,” she said.


Nurses recognised in the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours list

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

jean white

jean white

Jean White

  • Dr Crystal Elizabeth OLDMAN Chief Executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute. For services to the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Community Nursing. (East Sussex)
  • Professor Jean Christine WHITE Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government. For services to Nursing and Midwifery in the UK and Europe. (Pencoed, Bridgend)


Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Peter Meredith-Smith

Peter Meredith-Smith

Peter Meredith-Smith

  • Professor Belinda Jane DEWAR Professor of Practice Improvement, University of the West of Scotland. For services to Nursing. (Hamilton, Lanarkshire)
  • Dr David Thomas EVANS National Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, University of Greenwich, London. For services to Nursing and Sexual Health Education. (London, SE18)
  • Catherine Anne, Mrs HOWELL Chief Nurse, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, NHS Blood and Transplant. For services to Nursing. (Bridgeyate, Gloucestershire)
  • Peter MEREDITH-SMITH Associate Director, Employment Relations, Royal College of Nursing (Wales). For services to Nursing in Wales. (Cardiff)


Members of the Order of the British Empire

  • Patricia Kathleen, Mrs BLACK Lately Senior Lecturer, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. For services to Stoma Care Nursing. (London, TW7)
  • Susan Jean, Mrs BROWN Lately Nurse Consultant, Connective Tissue Diseases, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath. For services to Nursing. (Bath, Somerset)
  • Dr Philip Anthony COOPER Nurse Consultant in Dual Diagnosis, North West Boroughs Healthcare and NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Nursing. (Warrington, Cheshire)
  • Alan CORRY-FINN Vice President, Northern Ireland Hospice and Director of Nursing, Primary Care and Older People Western Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Healthcare. (Londonderry)
  • Dawn Alison, Mrs GOOD Head of Stroke Service and Lead Stroke Nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Nursing. (Attenborough, Nottinghamshire)
  • Lee HOUGH Advanced Nurse Practitioner, The White Rose Surgery, West Yorkshire. For services to Nursing. (Wakefield, West Yorkshire)
  • Miss Denise Katherine LLEWELLYN Lately Executive Nurse Director, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. For services to Nursing in Wales. (Tumble, Carmarthenshire)
  • Caroline Anne, Mrs OAKLEY Lately Director of Nursing (Quality and Patient Experience), Hywel Dda University Health Board. For services to the Nursing Profession and NHS Wales. (Tenby, Pembrokeshire)
  • Dr Cherith SEMPLE Macmillan Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Nursing. (Newtownards, Down)


Medallist of the Order of the British Empire

  • Miss Henrietta Millicient CAMPBELL Vice President, Royal British Nursing Association. For services to Disabled Registered Nurses. (London, KT4)
  • Elizabeth McRae, Mrs HENDRY. For services to Clydebank Golden Jubilee Hospital.
  • Noreen Mary, Mrs LEWIS Lead Nurse, Cardiff and Vale University Hospital Board. For services to Haematology Nursing in South Wales. (Newport)
  • Ms June MCINTOSH Deputy Charge Nurse, Edinburgh Cancer Centre. For services to Young People with Cancer and to Charity in Edinburgh. (Edinburgh)


Royal Red Cross

As an Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class:

  • Major Jennifer Ann BUCK, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
  • Major Rosemary GODFREY, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Army Reserve
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  • This is excellent, but what I fail to understand is why nurses at the top of their profession, leading countless dedicated staff, still only receive CBEs (or equivalent), when Drs in such positions generally receive knighthoods? Surely both are equally entitled to such an honour?

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