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Health and social care leaders recognised in New Year’s Honours

Several prominent health and social care figures have been acknowledged in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list, with the chief executive of the CQC, David Behan, receiving a knighthood.

Others knighted or made dames included David Sloman, chief executive of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, which was recently named a “global exemplar” in health technology by the DH, and Prof Elizabeth Anionwu for her services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal.

The achievements of individuals from local government, social care and the voluntary sector also featured in the New Year’s Honours list, with health and social care making up 7% of all honours awarded.

“I am proud and humbled to receive this honour,” Behan said of his award. “I began my career with a belief in the inherent dignity and equality of every person. This led to a lifelong commitment to social justice which is as strong today as it was 40 years ago.

“All of us who work in health and social care are dependent on help and support from colleagues and team mates. I have worked with some outstanding people over the years and have been helped more than I can describe. Together we have worked to make a difference.”

Further down the list, awards were given to the chair of Cancer Research UK, Michael Pragnell, who received a CBE, and YoungMinds chief executive Sarah Brennan, who was made an OBE for her services to children and young people’s mental health.

Staff within 13 NHS Confederation member organisations overall were recognised for their services with two chairs receiving MBEs: Dr David Hegarty, the chair of Dudley CCG, and Phillip Large, chair of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The full list of health and social care representatives on the 2017 New Year’s Honours list can be found here.

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