Dozens of healthcare staff have been recognised in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours List.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director since 2018 and a doctor for 37 years, has been knighted for his services to the NHS, particularly for his role leading the response to the pandemic.
Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May, the lead for the nursing, midwifery and care professions in England, has been made a Dame for her services to nursing, midwifery and the NHS over the last 37 years, after becoming a nurse in 1985.
Dozens of NHS staff, including GPs, nurses and midwives, have also been honoured in the landmark awards, celebrating 70 years of the Queen’s service.
Among those set to receive an CBE as part of the Jubilee celebrations are Richard Barker, NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Director for the North East and Yorkshire, and Sarah Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Trust.
Other 2022 recipients for the NHS and care include:
• Angela Knight Jackson, NHS England’s Deputy Director for Nursing Professional Development awarded an MBE, for services to the NHS, specifically the nursing and midwifery workforce.
• Royal College of Physicians’ President, Professor Andrew Goddard who will receive a knighthood.
• Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who will be knighted.
• Sue Doheny, Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England in the South West who has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing.
• Professor Joanne Martin, National Specialty Advisor for Pathology for NHS England, who has been awarded a CBE.
• Nicholas Carver, Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, who has been awarded an OBE.
• Frank Collins, Chairman of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who has received an OBE.
• Andrew Furber, North West and NHS Regional Director of Public Health, who has been awarded an OBE.
Staff have been recognised for their central response to the pandemic, where the NHS cared for over 740,000 people with COVID-19 in hospital, as well as rolling out the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in health history, delivering 124 million vaccinations.
Others have been recognised for a career in which they have made a real difference to NHS care and patients’ lives.
In addition to The Queen’s annual birthday honours, this year to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, emergency workers will be eligible for a number of Platinum Jubilee Medals in recognition of their work on the nation’s frontline each and every day.
Around 26,000 paramedics from ambulance Trusts up and down the country are to be awarded the one-off medals.
NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard paid tribute to all those in the NHS and beyond who played such an extraordinary role in the response to the greatest challenge faced by the country over the last few years and to the NHS as a whole. She says: “Along with the royal family, the NHS is a huge source of patriotic pride and so I am delighted that the huge contribution of NHS staff has been rightly recognised in the historic Jubilee honours.
“I am particularly proud that my colleagues who have given so much to lead the national pandemic response have also been awarded.
“The skill, compassion and dedication shown by staff up and down and the country has been extraordinary and it continues to be extraordinary as they work hard to recover services for patients.
“While the pandemic has shone a light on the efforts of our incredible staff, they continue to go above and beyond to care for patients – that’s not just today or over the last two years, but over the last seven decades.
“I want to congratulate everyone working in the NHS and care sector receiving an honour and a Jubilee medal – it is greatly deserved.”