Nurse Will Pooley, who returned to work in West Africa after recovering from ebola, is among more than 20 nurses and midwives who have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list this year.
Mr Pooley, who last summer became the first confirmed Briton to be diagnosed with ebola but then made a full recovery, has been awarded an MBE for his work in combating the disease in Sierra Leone.
Patient safety adviser James Titcombe, who led a high profile campaign raising concerns about maternity care at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust following the death of his son, has been made an OBE.
CBEs have been awarded to Salford Royal Foundation Trust executive nurse director and deputy chief executive Elaine Inglesby-Burke, and the Royal College of Midwives’ director for midwifery Louise Silverton. The award is given for having a role in national work or leading important regional activity.
Ms Inglesby-Burke, and advocate for hospitals to set staffing levels in the interests of patient safety, said was “extremely humbled” to be included in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
“I am as proud today as I was when I received my registration as a nurse in 1980,” she said. “I’ve had the privilege to work alongside the most amazing and inspirational people.
“As nurses we are in the unique position of being part of people’s lives at times of great need and I’ve seen so many examples of staff leading and delivering care in the most kind and compassionate way,” she said.
Ms Silverton said she was “somewhat embarrassed but very chuffed” to be on the list.
“It was always my aim to try and make things better by improving midwifery care and promoting evidence-based practice,” she said.
“To be recognised for my contributions to midwifery is brilliant and I’m especially pleased that this recognition includes my global work,” she added.
Meanwhile, two nurses and one midwife received OBEs – for individuals who have had a major role in local work, including those who may have received national recognition for their area of expertise.
They were given to Florence Nightingale Foundation chief executive professor Elizabeth Robb, Bournemouth University emeritus professor of midwifery Paul Lewis, and district nurse Eileen Lindsay who founded the Lindsay Leg Club in Suffolk, which supports wound management in the community.
MBEs – for an outstanding achievement in the community – were handed out to several nurses, including clinical nurse specialist Nicola Bennett-Rees at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust and Gary Tubman, for services to mental health nursing at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust.
Full list of nursing and midwifery honours
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- Elaine Inglesby-Burke, executive nurse director and deputy chief executive, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing
- Louise Silverton, for services to midwifery, maternal and child health
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Eileen Lindsay, founder, Lindsay Leg Club. For services to nursing
- Professor Elizabeth Jane Robb, chief executive, Florence Nightingale Foundation. For services to nursing and midwifery
- Professor Paul Lewis, emeritus professor of midwifery, Bournemouth University and chair of the executive trustee board, ALSO UK. For services to mothers, midwives and maternity services
- James Titcombe, national adviser on safety, Care Quality Commission. For services to patient safety
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- Nicola Bennett-Rees, clinical nurse specialist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing
- Nora Flanagan, operational manager, Royal College of Nursing. For services to nursing
- Yvonne Jordan, advanced nurse practitioner, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. For services to nursing in Wales
- Rosemary Lyness , lately executive nurse director, NHS Lanarkshire. For services to nursing and midwifery
- Jacalyn Mathers, designated nurse for safeguarding children, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. For services to tackling female genital mutilation in Bristol
- Dr Pauline Milne, head of clinical workforce development and planning, Health Education East of England. For services to nurse education
- Eleanor Ross, dementia strategy lead nurse consultant, Public Health Agency. For services to healthcare in Northern Ireland
- Gary Tubman, lately matron, acute, intensive care and rehabilitation service, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. For services to mental health nursing
- David Widdas, nurse consultant. For services to children and young people with complex care needs
- Helena Wyatt, community psychiatric nurse, Oxfordshire. For services to mental health nursing
- Janet Fyle, professional policy adviser, Royal College of Midwifery. For services to tackling female genital mutilation
- William Pooley, nurse. For services to combating ebola in Africa
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
- Anne Maccallum, head of specialist services, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. For services to nursing
- Muriel O’Driscoll, sexual health nurse, Brook. For services to nursing
- Wendy Williams, dysphagia specialist nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. For services to adult nursing for people with learning disabilities in north Wales
The Royal Red Cross
- Colonel Karen Irvine, late Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
- Major Leigh Kenworthy, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps