Leading frontline NHS staff among birthday honours

A haematologist, psychiatrist and radiographer are among dozens of frontline NHS staff recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

As the NHS approaches its milestone 75th birthday next month, the 2023 Birthday Honours have been awarded to a wide range of NHS doctors, nurses and other staff who have made a significant contribution to healthcare.

The head of the NHS, Amanda Pritchard, has praised the dedication, skill and hard work of those honoured who go above and beyond for patients everyday.

Services recognised range from nursing and maternity to specific conditions, such as sickle cell and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Among those honoured is Dr Farrukh Tasnim Shah, a consultant haematologist at the Whittington Health NHS Trust in London has been awarded an MBE for services to Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Patients.

Consultant radiologist Dr Giles Francis Maskell of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and consultant radiographer Dr Claire Elisabeth Robinson of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have been awarded OBEs for services to diagnostic radiology and an MBE for services to forensic investigations.

Professor Raja Anindya Sekhar Mukherjee, Consultant Psychiatrist at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded an MBE for services to people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Michelle Sharon Morris, a pathway lead for early years language and communication at Greater Manchester Combined Authority, also receives an OBE for services to speech and language therapy.

Roland Sinker, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust and NHS England national director for research and innovation has also been awarded a CBE.

NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard said: “The NHS is filled with skilled, compassionate and committed staff and I am delighted that so many of them have been awarded in the Birthday Honours.

“From radiology and cardiology to speech and language therapy, it is wonderful to see a wide range of specialties recognised – it shows the breadth of skills across the NHS and as we approach our 75th birthday next month, there is no better time to celebrate their incredible work.

“I want to congratulate everyone working in the NHS and care sector receiving an honour – it is richly deserved.”

Slough GP Dr Priya Kumar, Camden Learning Disability Service nurse consultant Lynette Kennedy and NHS England’s Head of Nursing Palliative and End of Life Care Sherree Fagge all receive BEMs for their services to improving healthcare in their respective fields.

Other local trust chief executives are also recognised with Angela Yvette Hillery of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Carolyn Ann Regan of West London NHS receiving a CBE for services to the NHS, while Dr Edmund Ross, from NHS Suffolk and North East Essex, awarded an OBE.

A number of top nurses will also receive honours, with MBEs for Hayley Karen Citrine, NHS England’s Lately Chief Nurse for the North West, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust chief nurse Elizabeth Anne Rix and acute medicine ward manager Brenda Rivera Agon Deocampo of Imperial College Trust.

Other NHS staff recognised include:

  • Dr Edward Patrick Morris, Lately President at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Consultant Gynaecologist at Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust is awarded an CBE for services to the Improvement of Women ‘s Healthcare and to Patient Safety
  • Dr Edward Rowland, Lately Medical Director at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust.. receives an OBE for services to Cardiology.
  • Dr Rosemary McCarthy, Head of Global Workforce, Education and Research from Health Education England is awarded an MBE.
  • Dr Arturo Vilches-Moraga, Consultant Geriatrician and Physician at Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, is awarded an MBE for services to geriatric patients.
  • Christopher Robert Burghes, Trustee at NHS Charities Together, receives an MBE for services to the NHS.
  • Professor Mark John Monaghan, Consultant Clinical Scientist in Echocardiography and Director of Non-invasive Cardiology at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust receives an MBE for services to Cardiology.
  • Professor Robert Charles Pearson, Lately Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is awarded an MBE for services to Medicine, to Medical Education and to Health Research and Innovation.
  • Dr Sandrasekeram Premachandran, Care Quality Commission Advisor and Emergency Medicine Consultant at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is awarded an MBE.
  • Kendra Amelia Schneller, Homeless and Inclusion Health Programme Lead at Queen’s Nursing Institute and Nurse Practitioner at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust receives an MBE.
  • Jane Elizabeth Scott, Divisional Bereavement Project Lead Midwife at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Lead and Founder of the National Bereavement Midwives’ Forum is awarded an MBE.
  • Patricia Clare Spruce, Associate Director of People Services and Recruitment at Yeovil District Hospital and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is awarded an MBE.
  • Professor Kanwal John Pasi, Lately Centre Director at Royal London Haemophilia Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust, is awarded an MBE for services to the NHS.
  • Paul Martin Reeves, Head of Nursing for Education and New Roles at NHS England is awarded a BEM.
  • David Harling, Deputy Director of Learning Disability Nursing at NHS England is awarded a BEM.
  • Catherine Bailey, Lately Nurse Director for Musculoskeletal Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust receives a BEM.
  • Louie Carullo Horne, Deputy Associate Director of Nursing at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Clinical Research Fellow is awarded a BEM.