More than 20 nurses and midwives have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours, including the director of the Institute of Health Visiting, and a professor of women’s health at King’s College London, who were both awarded CBEs.
The founder of the IHV, Cheryll Adams, received a CBE for services to health visiting. The institute supported the government’s drive to boost health visitor numbers by almost 4,200 between 2010 and 2015.
“I am so proud of all these remarkable nurses”
Jane Sandall, professor of women’s health at King’s College London who has a background in nursing, health visiting and midwifery, was awarded a CBE for services to midwifery and women’s health.
A total of five nurses and midwives were awarded OBEs including Gweneth Moulster, co-chair of the UK Nurse Consultants in Learning Disability Network, Ruth Northway, professor of learning disability nursing at University of South Wales, and Ian Peate, visiting professor at University of London and Kingston University, who is also head of Gibraltar’s School of Health Studies.
Pauline Watts, lead nurse for quality, mental health, learning disability and dementia at Public Health England was also given an OBE, as was Elizabeth Bannon, midwife and co-director of maternity and women’s health at Belfast Health and Social Care NHS Trust.
Those who were awarded MBEs included Fiona Murphy, assistant director of bereavement and organ donation at Salford Royal Foundation Trust – whose work combining organ donation and bereavement services led to an increase in tissue donations in the UK. In 2011 she was named nurse of the year by the Royal College of Nursing.
Rose Gallagher, RCN professional lead for infection prevention and control, was also given an MBE. Before taking up her role at the RCN in 2007, she led the infection control nursing team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital through the outbreak of Clostridium difficile.
Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “Nursing is one of the UK’s most vital and treasured professions and it’s wonderful to see it recognised in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list.
“I am so proud of all these remarkable nurses, who each represent the profound impact just one nurse can have on the lives of so many,” she said.
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE):
Cheryl Adams, founding director, Institute of Health Visiting. For services to health visiting
Professor Jane Sandall, professor of women’s health, King’s College London. For services to midwifery and women’s health
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):
Elizabeth Maria Bannon, co-director, maternity and women’s health, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to midwifery in Northern Ireland.
Gweneth Jean Moulster, co-chair, UK Nurse Consultants in Learning Disability Network. For services to nursing and people with learning disabilities.
Professor Ruth Northway, professor of learning disability nursing, University of South Wales. For services to learning disability nursing.
Professor Ian Gerrard Peate, visiting professor, St George’s, University of London and Kingston University, and head of School of Health Studies, Gibraltar. For services to nursing and nurse education
Pauline Watts, lead nurse for quality, mental health, learning disability and dementia, Public Health England. For services to nursing and health visiting
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE):
Elizabeth Browne, lately paediatric nurse, Ulster Hospital. For services to healthcare.
Professor Vari Macdougal Drennan, professor of healthcare and policy research, Kingston University and St George’s University of London. For services to health policy research, development and nursing.
June Anne Finnie, advanced nurse practitioner (neurosurgery), Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. For services to healthcare.
Rosemary Gallagher, professional lead for infection prevention and control, Royal College of Nursing. For services to nursing, infection prevention and control.
Jane Alison Hart, Macmillan lead cancer nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. For services to the improvement of cancer care in South East Wales.
Fiona Doune, Murphy, assistant director of bereavement and organ donation, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing, bereavement services and organ donation.
Teresa Rennie, Macmillan lead nurse for haematology and chemotherapy services in Lanarkshire. For services to the treatment of cancer in Lanarkshire.
Ann Scott, lately nurse consultant, mental health services for older people, South Eastern Trust. For services to people with dementia.
Christeen Erica Smith, senior clinical nurse specialist, Royal Hospital for Sick Kids, Edinburgh. For services to stoma patients.
Professor Pamela Ann Smith, professorial fellow, University of Edinburgh. For services to nursing and nurse education.
Tania Strange, divisional nurse, primary care, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. For services to nursing care in South East Wales.
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM):
Sarah Elizabeth Beck. For services to nursing and voluntary service to Cancer Research UK in Banbridge, County Down.
Kathleen Mary Evans, joint quality and contract monitoring lead (nursing), Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. For services to nursing in Bridgend, South Wales
Jean Fletcher. For services to nursing care in Stourbridge, West Midlands and to the National Trust.
Margaret Russell, staff nurse, Wishaw General Hospital. For services to healthcare in Lanarkshire.
Associate of the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class
Petty Officer Naval Nurse, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service, Rebecca Ward