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Nurses in new year's honours list

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A range of senior and frontline nurses from across the UK were among those to be mentioned in the new year’s honours list.

Former nurse and chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust, Julie Moore, has been made a dame.

Dame Julie, who is also chair of the NHS Future Forum’s education and training workstream, heads the list of nursing honours recipients. She has been chief executive at Birmingham since 2006, having previously trained and worked as a nurse in Leeds in the 1980s.

Dame Julie is followed in the honours list by Hilary Chapman, chief nurse and operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, who has become a CBE. She was also previously a member of the Future Forum during its initial assessment of the government’s health and social care bill last year.

Professor Chapman began her nursing career at the Northern General Hospital, where she rose to the position of sister in both the cardiothoracic and critical care areas. She has also been chief nurse at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

A CBE also went to former NHS Kingston chair Neslyn Watson-Druée. She was the inaugural chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s race and ethnicity committee, which established the Mary Seacole Awards.

Meanwhile, East Lancashire consultant midwife Sheena Byrom and Nottingham community nurse Mary Morgan received OBEs.

MBEs went to Belfast respiratory nurse consultant Anne Marie Marley, Glasgow health visitor Mini Joti, former health visitor and milk bank pioneer Ann McCrea, and Daren Edwards, a clinical nurse specialist in plastic surgery at Barts and the London Trust.

There were also military honours for members of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Jane Davis and Helen Purvis.

Nurses in the new year’s honours list:


Order of the British Empire – Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Julie Moore – Chief Executive, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Healthcare


Order of the British Empire – Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Professor Hilary Anne Chapman – Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, South Yorkshire. For services to Nursing

Dr Neslyn Eugénie Watson-Druee – Lately Chair, NHS Kingston. For services to Healthcare


Order of the British Empire – Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Sheena Catherine Byrom – Consultant Midwife, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Nursing

Mary Patricia Morgan – Community Nurse, Nottingham. For services to Primary and Community Nursing


Order of the British Empire – Members of the Order of the British Empire

Daren Morgan Edwards – Clinical Nurse Specialist in Plastic Surgery, Barts and the London NHS Trust. For services to Nursing.

Mini Joti – Health Visitor, Bridgeton Health Centre. For services to the NHS and the community in the East End of Glasgow

Anne Marie Marley – Respiratory Nurse Consultant, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland

Ann McCrea – Breastfeeding Co-ordinator. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland


Officer in the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Colonel Jane Elizabeth Davis, QVRM TD DL, lately Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Territorial Army


Royal Red Cross – Second Class

Major Helen Elizabeth Purvis, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Territorial Army


  • Overall 7 per cent of the 2012 honours were given for services relating to health. See the attached file for a full list.
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  • I have no reason not to believe that each and every honour bestowed on members of the nursing profession has been thoroughly merited.

    Although not spitting blood, I find it highly offensive that similar honours are given - on account purely of their success, it seems - to pop stars, footballers, captains of industry and so on, to lie alongside the awards given to our nurses and others who work tirelessly caring for people other than themselves - rather than for their own benefit.

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