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Honours nominations wanted for health and care

Department of Health is looking for nominations to be considered for New Year 2016 honours.

If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution within the health and care system you can nominate them for a New Year’s honour.

Any individual can be nominated for an honour by another person. Status or seniority isn’t important - what matters is what the person has done and the impact they have had on people’s health and care over a sustained period of time.

This could be:

  • someone who has made an impact on their workplace or community
  • the nurse who works tirelessly to improve care
  • whistleblowers who speak up when the system should be doing better

To nominate someone for an honour all you need to ask is:

  • What makes this person special?
  • What have they achieved?
  • How did they make a difference?
  • Did they overcome some obstacles or do they go the extra mile?
  • Could they be described as a role model?

Please complete a nomination form.

Those who were honoured for their contribution to health and care in the most recent New Year Honours included the following:

Kate Granger, Doctor in Elderly Care Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, who received an MBE, said:

I am so passionate about my work in the NHS and to improve patient care in general that to be publicly recognised in this way is amazing. My support network of family, friends and colleagues is brilliant and this honour is dedicated to all of them.

Professor Nilesh Samani, Professor of Cardiology, University of Leicester, who received a Knighthood, said:

I was both surprised and delighted at receiving the award. It is not something you ever expect. For me personally, it is obviously a great honour, but it is also a tribute to my family and many colleagues who have supported me throughout my career. I am also glad that the work in medicine and medical research is recognised in this way.

Dr Anthony Sam Everington, Chair, NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, who received a Knighthood, said:

What a lovely surprise. I feel tremendously lucky to work with a wonderful group of partners and colleagues in the Bromley by Bow Centre, Tower Hamlets and nationally who are so inspirational and committed to delivering high quality health care to patients in the community.

Anna Van Der Gaag, Chair, Health and Care Professions Council, who received a CBE, said:

I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour. As my colleagues across the allied health, healthcare science, social work, psychological and nursing professions know well, no-one works alone. Very few achieve alone. Everything that inspires and endures in health and care delivery is collaborative in nature. I’ve also been lucky to work alongside extraordinary people at the Health and Care Professions Council who have a shared passion for better health and better care through robust regulation. I am enormously grateful to them all.

Beverly Collett, Consultant in pain management, University Hospital Leicester, who received an OBE, said:

I am immensely proud that my contribution to pain management has been recognised. I hope that this honour will help, in some way, to highlight the plight of those 7.8 million people in the UK living with uncontrolled persistent pain to the detriment of their quality of life and ensure that improved management pathways are developed so that people with persistent pain who need help see the right health care professional at the right time.


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