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  • Lloyd Price

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018 - NHS and Digital Health awards

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

Each recipient exemplifies the very best of our nation - from our oldest recipient, 103 year old Rosemary Powell receiving an MBE for her charitable service, having spent over 97 years volunteering for the Royal British Legion - to the youngest at 20 years old, Menna Fitzpatrick. Menna, Team GB’s most decorated Winter Paralympian, receives an MBE for her services to Paralympic Winter Sport alongside her guide, Jennifer Kehoe.

This honours list continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds.

In total 1,057 people have received an award:

  • 920 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level: 318 at BEM, 392 at MBE and 210 at OBE

  • 71% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity

  • 519 women are recognised in the List, representing 49% of the total

  • 10% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background

  • 5.7% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010)

The Prime Minister provided a strategic steer to the Main Honours Committee that the honours system should support children and young people to achieve their potential, enhance life opportunities, remove barriers to success and work to tackle discrimination.

Health - 64 awards have been made to NHS recipients

Marking the NHS’s 70th year, a wide range of contributors to the NHS have been recognised, with health sector recipients making up 12% of all honours. There is a rich breadth of vocations, innovative practice and outstanding patient care recognised throughout the NHS.

In total, 64 awards have been made to NHS recipients, including:

  • a damehood for Chief Scientific Officer Professor Susan Hill

  • an OBE for Veronica Donovan, Consultant Midwife at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

  • an MBE for Stephen Hudson at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, who for 30 years has supported vulnerable people in Devon both through his work and through voluntary organisations

  • a BEM for Debra Smith, a specialist in palliative cancer care in Wythenshawe, Manchester

  • a BEM for surgeon Nadine Hachach-Haram, whose entrepreneurship through her company Proximie has helped to pioneer virtual access to surgical expertise for people living in remote areas, including plastic surgery for children in Peru

Elsewhere in the health sector, the Health Committee recommended:

  • a knighthood for Professor Christopher Ham, lately Chief Executive of the Kings Fund

  • a knighthood for Professor David Haslam, chair of NICE

  • a damehood for Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians

Also in the list is:

  • a CBE for Professor Robert Steele, Senior Research Professor at the University of Dundee for his work on the prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer

  • an OBE for Anne Moore, Senior Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons

  • an MBE goes to Dr Susannah Clarke, founder of Embody Orthopaedic, who has pioneered the use of 3D print technology to revolutionise minimally-invasive joint replacement procedures

Digital Health

NHS Digital Deputy Chief Executive Rob Shaw has been appointed a CBE

NHS surgeon Nadine Hachach-Haram was awarded a BEM. Through her company Proximie, she has helped to pioneer virtual access to surgical expertise for people living in remote areas, including plastic surgery for children in Peru.

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