A range of individuals from the health sector have been recognised in this year’s Birthday honours list, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the NHS. 

Of the 64 awards given to representatives from the NHS, the list included; 

  • 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

Further recommendations were made by the Health Committee elsewhere in the sector, including;

  • 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

The Queen’s birthday honours list recognises the achievements and work of people across the United Kingdom. Over 1,000 people received an award in total this year, 49 per cent of whom were women and 10 per cent from a BME background. 

The full list can be read here.