The New Year Honours list, released on December 29, has recognised the services of numerous nurses, as well as doctors and surgeons.
Last year was the 75 th year of the NHS, and one of its most challenging, but NHS head, Amanda Pritchard, has commended the contribution of those who have been acknowledged on the New Year Honours list.
Amanda Pritchard has said: “As we approach the end of a year in which the NHS has marked major milestones and made real progress for patients, while also dealing with unprecedented challenges, it is wonderful to see so many of our colleagues honoured for the contribution they’ve made.
“Whether leading improvements in nursing, mental health and paediatric surgery, tackling health inequalities or delivering life-saving critical care, the difference that each of those honoured has made for patients is immense.
“I know millions of people across the country will join me in expressing our gratitude to them, and to all of our staff, who continue to go above and beyond every day to deliver the best possible care for patients.”
Amongst the nurses who have been recognised, is Lorraine Sunduza, interim chief executive of East London NHS Foundation Trust, who was previously the trust’s chief nurse, who has been awarded an OBE for services to mental and community health. Nursing Times quoted her as saying: “The honour for me is actually being chosen for the things that I am passionate about.” Huda Mohamed, the FGM specialist lead midwife at Whittington Health NHS Trust, was also honoured with an MBE for services to midwifery. Registered as both a nurse and a midwife, Mohamed runs an FGM clinic that treats patients from all over the country.
She said: “Being honoured with an MBE is a deeply significant recognition that extends beyond my individual efforts. I want to express gratitude to the survivors and their families for entrusting me with their care. My sincere thanks also go to the dedicated maternity staff at Whittington Health, whose collaborative efforts and support have been invaluable.”
And James McLean, Joint Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England in the North West and former Deputy Chief Nurse for Programme Delivery at Health Education England, has been awarded an MBE for services to Nursing. Mr McLean said: “I am immensely proud to have been recognised in this way and deeply humbled as I have worked with some truly amazing people throughout my career.”
Other nurses who have recognised include:
- Debbie Brown, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director for the Lewisham Community Education Provider Network Training Hub has been awarded an MBE for services to Nursing and the NHS.
- Belinda Voos, a lately Nurse Consultant in Paediatric Neurosurgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an MBE for services to Paediatric Neurosurgical Nursing.
- Charity Gladstone the Lately Matron of Cardiology and Respiratory Services at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an MBE for services to Nursing.
- Trudy Berlet, the Lately Lead Midwife for Bereavement Care for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded an MBE for services to Midwifery.