Nearly 20 members of the nursing and midwifery professions have been recognised for their achievements in the 2018 new year’s honours list, including three new dames.
Hilary Chapman, chief nurse of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the recently retired former chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, have both been made dames.
“I am delighted the significant work and amazing impact nurses and midwives has again been recognised”
A damehood has also gone to former nurse Jackie Daniel, chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, for leading the turnaround of the previously struggling provider in the wake of the high profile baby death scandal.
Meanwhile, Hilary Garratt, NHS England’s director of nursing and deputy chief nursing officer, has received a CBE, particularly for her work to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in society.
In addition, there are OBEs for Kevin Clifford, formerly chief nurse at Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Pauline Shaw, nurse and senior manager at Royal Star and Garter Homes, and Wendy Matthews, director of midwifery and deputy chief nurse at Barking, Havering, and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
A further group of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants have received MBEs and five have been given the British Empire Medal, according to the New Year’s Honours list 2018 published by the government on 29 December.
“This is the most amazing honour and such a privilege”
They include cancer nurse specialists, practice nurses, a senior prison nurse and a nursing entrepreneur who once appeared on Dragon’s Den and was short-listed for a Nursing Times Award.
Neomi Bennett developed the Neo-Slip product in 2013 to help patients who need to wear anti-embolism stockings but can find it hard to get them on.
In an interview with Nursing Times last year, she warned that doctors got much more official NHS support than nursing staff to develop products that can improve patient care and said things must change.
Dame Hilary, who was previously awarded a CBE for services to nursing in 2012, qualified over 32 years ago and is now recognised as one of the country’s most prominent trust chief nurses.
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She is credited with making major contributions to health policy, healthcare delivery and system reform, most notably co-leading on the development of the Safer Nursing Care Toolkit.
The toolkit, used widely in hospitals throughout the UK, helps determine safe nurse staffing levels on acute wards depending on how sick or dependent patients are.
She said: “This is the most amazing honour and such a privilege, but I have only been able to achieve the things I have because I have worked with incredible teams throughout my career.
“A good nurse and leader is shaped by those that he or she works alongside and are inspired by,” she said. “I have been very fortunate to work with some of the best both locally and nationally.
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Speaking on her CBE, deputy CNO Ms Garratt said the award was a “tribute to the many” involved in safeguarding work, which she noted “often happens quietly in the background of the NHS”.
“I am passionate about bringing people and organisations together to protect vulnerable children and adults and it’s been a privilege to work closely with a range of inspiring people, including those with a lived experience of these issues,” she said.
Chief nursing officer for England Professor Jane Cummings congratulated nursing and midwifery staff whose “leadership, dedication and hard work” had been recognised in the 2018 honours list.
She said: “I am delighted the significant work and amazing impact nurses and midwives have across the health and care system has again been recognised in today’s new year’s honours.
“I am also incredibly proud of what nurses and midwives have achieved over the last 12 months, despite the challenges faced, and I look forward to working with them all in the new year,” she said.
Speaking specifically about her deputy Ms Garratt, she added: “Hilary is a true unsung hero, dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society and I’m immensely pleased that the work she does, both for the NHS and in her own time, has been recognised.”
Full list of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants included in the latest honours list:
Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Professor Hilary Anne Chapman, CBE, chief nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing (Barnsley, South Yorkshire)
Ms Jacqueline Lesley Daniel, chief executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. For services to healthcare (Ilkley, West Yorkshire)
Catherine Lilian Warwick, CBE, lately chief executive, Royal College of Midwives. For services to Midwifery (London)
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
Hilary Mary Garratt, Director of Nursing, NHS England. For services to Nursing and the safeguarding of vulnerable people (Worsley, Greater Manchester)
Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Kevin Leslie Clifford, lately chief nurse, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group. For services to Nursing (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Wendy Matthews, director of midwifery and deputy chief nurse, Barking, Havering, and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to midwifery (Essex)
Pauline Shaw, director of care and service development, The Royal Star and Garter Homes. For services to veterans (Thames Ditton, Surrey)
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Elizabeth Rachel Atkinson, cancer specialist nurse, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. For services to patients with cancer and their families (Belfast)
Dr Tracey Cooper, head of midwifery, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to midwifery (Ashbourne, Derbyshire)
Rowena Wendy Jones, paediatric oncology outreach specialist nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board. For services to sick and disabled children and end of life care (Aberaeron, Ceredigion)
Susan Stephen Kennedy, lately national co-ordinator, general practice nursing in NHS Education Scotland. For services to General Practice Nurse Education (Elie, Fife)
Louise Mary Rooney, senior nurse, head of prison healthcare, HM Prison Usk. For services to nursing and prison healthcare in Monmouthshire (Chepstow, Monmouthshire)
Verena Lesley Wallace, midwife, For services to midwifery in Northern Ireland (Belfast)
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire
Neomi Beverley Bennett, managing director, Neo-Innovations UK Ltd. For services to Nursing and Healthcare (London, SW18)
Judith Haycocks, healthcare assistant, Whitchurch Community Hospital, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. For services to Care of Older People (Whitchurch, Shropshire)
Ellen Maisie Mann, nurse, Cwm Taf University Health Board. For services to Children and Young People (Pontypridd, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff)
Sandra Elizabeth Plasting, manager and matron, Queen’s House Nursing and Residential Home. For services to older people and the community in the Scottish Borders (Kelso, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale)
Mary Gertrude Robinson, for services to nursing (Strabane, Tyrone)
Royal Red Cross (As an Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class)
Lieutenant colonel Simon Davies, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Army Reserve
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