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Outstanding achievements in nursing

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No less than nine nurses made the 2010 New Year Honours in England, which recognise outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the UK.

At a time when the NHS is striving to drive up its quality of service, the impressive number of nurses on the list is cause for celebration. Congratulations go to…

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire awardee:

  • Dr Claire Bertschinger - for services to nursing and to international humanitarian aid.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) awardees:

  • Janice Stevens - National Director Health Care Associated Infections Programme, Department of Health, for services to nursing.

Order of the British Empire (OBE) awardees:

  • Elizabeth Regina - Oluyemika Atere-Roberts, Older People’s Nurse Specialist, for services to healthcare in London.
  • Heather Lawrence - Chief Executive, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, for services to Healthcare in Surrey.
  • Yvonne Coghill - NHS Institute Breaking Through Programme, for services to nursing.

Member of the British Empire (MBE) awardees:

  • Anna-Marie Hale - Matron, Division One Trauma and Orthopaedics, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, for services to Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Susan Greenwood - Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, for services to healthcare in Redruth, Cornwall
  • Pauline Handy Clinical - Lead Nurse, Genito-Urinary Medicine, Newcastle General Hospital, for services to healthcare in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
  • Annette Rushton - Lately Matron, Severn Hospice, Shrewsbury, for services to healthcare.

Great Dame
Dr Claire Bertschinger started her career as a nurse in the UK.

She went on to work for many years in emergency disaster relief with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), primarily in war zones, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Lebanon, Sudan and Sierra Leone. She is now Course Director for the Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

As well as this year’s Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Claire has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal in recognition of her work
in conflict situations, the Woman of the Year - Window to the World award and the Human Rights and Nursing Award. She has also published her biography, Moving Mountains. Somehow, Claire still finds time to travel the world as an ambassador for the African Children’s Educational Trust, raising awareness and funds for the charity. She is also a regular voluntary worker for Age Concern in the UK.

‘Since retiring from field work, I have trained other medical professionals to work in resource poor settings and have continually sought to raise awareness of the key issues in global public health,’ says Claire.

‘I am deeply grateful for my experiences as a nurse - whether joy-filled or painful - and, in accepting this most prestigious award, I hereby renew my continued commitment to increase female education and independence, in the drive to eradicate poverty and ill-health in the developing world.’

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  • Hopefully this impressive list will raise the profile of nursing and its importance as a vital service to the public which should be brought to everybody's attention and especially the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister of Health and all other politicians, Trust Managers and all those responsible for making cuts.
    It seems we are far too modest about our achievements to our detriment and especially to those we serve

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