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King’s Birthday Honours revealed

NHS staff across the country have been recognised as part of the King’s Birthday Honours list.

Those among the awards include Professor Janice Sigsworth, who is chief nurse at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust — she has been awarded a damehood for her services to nursing, particularly the work to incorporate genomics into nursing and midwifery.

South East London Integrated Care Board chair, Richard Douglas, has received a knighthood for services to the health service in the South East region, while Professor Moira Whyte, professor of respiratory medicine at Edinburgh University has received a damehood for her services to medical research.

The King’s Ambulance Service Medal for Distinguished Service has been awarded to David Dean of the East of England Ambulance, as well as Ola Adel Zahran at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Liam Coughlan, of the Scottish Ambulance Service, and Michael Jenkins, of the Welsh Ambulance Service have received the same award.

NHS England’s CEO, Amanda Pritchard, said: “The NHS is incredibly lucky to have such skilled and dedicated staff, and I am delighted that so many of them have been recognised in the Birthday Honours.

“This is another opportunity to recognise the breadth of expertise within the health service — from embedding the latest technology into nursing and maternity care to supporting people with learning disabilities — these recipients all show the very best of the NHS.”

Scotland’s first minister, John Swinney, added: “Those receiving recognition in The King’s Birthday Honours have each made outstanding contributions to community and public life, through the arts, education and sport to business, charity, community life and science.

“I am very pleased to offer them my congratulations. Their dedication and commitment makes Scotland a better place for us all. The people who have been awarded The King’s Police, Fire or Ambulance Service Medals have shown exceptional dedication and resilience in serving our communities and keeping us safe.”

Some of the awardees include the following…


Professor Terence Smith, director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex at St Andrews University was awarded a CBE in Scotland for his services to disease research.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust’s chair, Professor Laura Serrant, also received a CBE for services to nursing in the North East and Yorkshire region.


For services to medical education, Cardiff University’s Professor Rhian Goodfellow, who is a consultant rheumatologist, has been awarded an OBE.

This comes alongside Professor Jamshed Bomanji, who has been given an OBE for his services to global nuclear medicine, currently done at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Darren Brown, honorary clinical academic physiotherapist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, received the same award for his services to people with HIV, AIDS, and long Covid-19.

Meanwhile, for services to the NHS and education, the University of Cumbria’s vice-chancellor, Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, has also been awarded an OBE.

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